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Hope’s Place for Grieving Children

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville

Application Summary:

Hope’s Place offers services to grieving youth (ages 3-18) and their families, including initial crisis response, a weekly peer group, and a support network for parents. They work to meet the needs of each child through an individualized approach that will build resiliency and work towards each child’s emotional well-being. Age appropriate, open-ended activities are utilized at the weekly support groups, including communication through play, stories, music, art, movement, and writing exercises that are designed to meet the child where they are at – helping them express their grief and start the healing process.

Notable Info:
* Hope’s Place is the only organization in the area that provides peer support bereavement services for grieving children and teens.
* Group facilitators are all trained volunteers.
* Provides services to 27 communities free of charge
* In 2018 Hope’s Place Estimated that they would engage three new participants each session – actually averaged 7 new participants a session.
* Increase in amount requested (from 6,500 to 10,000) is to be used to spread into the communities they serve (possible satellite locations), respond to on-site crisis events, increase the programs visibility, recruit/train volunteers, and purchase materials for groups.
* The current years budget is less than last years because they are no longer renting space for the weekly groups. They are now held at the hospice building to utilize the cozy, home-y space they have available and save money on overhead.

Alignment w/UWMM’s Education Action Plan: I believe that Hope’s Place does align with the education focus of all children growing up in a stable environment – safe, healthy, and ready to learn. This program address the social-emotional requirements of children and teens who are grieving, helping them to manage their feelings, recognize and address their own needs, and build the resiliency needed in order to be ready and able to learn. That said, this program also meets the requirements of UWMM’s Health Action Plan that all individuals in mid-Maine are in safe and healthy environments with access to health supports and services because this is the only program in the area that provides these services in mid-Maine.

Additional Criteria:
Objectives for the current year outline goals to continue to expand outreach services, hold at least two workshops regarding bereavement concerns/issues, and improve the available lending library of reading materials and DVD’s related to children’s grief and healing. The move to hold meetings in the hospice building reduced this years expenses and provides a home-like environment for the weekly support groups. These support the sustainability of the program by meeting the needs in the communities they serve, supporting services with relevant materials, and operating cost efficiently.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

The site visit was held at Hope’s Places group meeting space, 304 Main Street Waterville. Jillian Roy gave a tour of the facility and explained the program, highlighting the many amazing volunteers that make Hope’s Place possible. Each support group leader has completed a 20 hour training and has pre and post group support, including LCPC consultation.

I had no outstanding concerns that were not addressed at the visit (see notable information above).

Program Strengths:

Provides initial crisis response and ongoing support group services to address all aspects of the healing process., They are the only program in our area that provides peer support bereavement services for grieving children and teens., Offers open-ended, ongoing support that meets children where they are at – allowing for an individualized approach to children and families., Trained 12 new Hope’s Place volunteers last year and continues to be volunteer driven -recruiting, training, and utilizing volunteers for the program., Engages the whole family – requiring children under twelve to have an adult with them in groups and providing a support network for parents so the family can begin the healing process together.

Program Weaknesses:

Serves 27 widespread communities with only 2 full time staff., Operates at a loss because there is not a dedicated funding source for this program.

Focus Area:

Michelle Cesare agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $10,000..

Michelle Cesare’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $10,000.

Recommendations and Comments


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Rachel Grant

Maybe Fund

Leon Duff/Ann Lindeman

Definitely Fund

Rick Dorian

Definitely Fund

Cheryl Flewelling

Definitely Fund

Serves 27 communities
Unique program

Jackie Dalton

Definitely Fund

George Coleman

Definitely Fund

Very good program, but we are limited, so recommend proportional reduction. I occasionally whistle in the wind, but MAYBE as I continue to work down the list I’ll run across a significant “Don’t Fund” that will permit some increases elsewhere.

Robert Dahlgren

Maybe Fund

Important service. Curious to hear what the current community reach is and where the additional funds would allow for additional reach? How does the program continue to stay afloat if it operates at a loss?

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