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COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/24/2014: COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC

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AKA  The Cove
Meriden, CT
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COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/24/2014: COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN INC

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Also Known As: The Cove
Physical Address: Meriden, CT 06450 8336
EIN: 06-1546563
Web URL: www.covect.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P11 Single Organization Support
P Human Services
P99 Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
O Youth Development
O11 Single Organization Support
Year Founded: 1995 
Ruling Year: 1999 
How This Organization Is Funded: The Run for The Cove - $84,220
The Annual Taste of The Cove - $70,000
Grants - $54,542


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Mission Statement

“Providing hope and healing to grieving children/teens and their families, and training the professionals who work with them.”

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $440,750
Total Expenses $246,910

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Ms. Mary L Andersen

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Mary Andersen has over 16 years experience as a nonprofit executive in children’s and cultural organizations including the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport, CT, Soundview Community Television, Children’s Museum of San Diego and the San Diego Archaeological Center. She served as Administrator for Camp Erin Newtown and continues that role for Camp Erin CT

Leadership Statement:

The Cove’s child-focused, family support groups (based on a peer support model) provides a consistent, safe and nurturing atmosphere where families share their grief experiences and find strength and hope in the face of the sweeping disruption of life that occurs in all areas of a survivor’s life. The Cove is a valuable asset to the community that provides a lifeline to families in trauma. The Cove receives no federal or state funding for our programs and relies on individuals, foundations, civic and corporate donors to help us support free and reduced-fee programs and supportive services for grieving children across the state of CT. We hope that you will consider funding our important work in the community.  Mary Andersen, Executive Director

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Program Description:

The Cove provides a variety of grief support programs. Our Family Program meet twice monthly in community sites throughout Connecticut. Families are served without regard to ability to pay. The Cove also provides support services in schools and outside agencies in addition to providing professional development and training services regionally. The Cove also provides training, consultation, and referral re: grief and loss.

Program Long-Term Success:

Expanded statewide coordinating office with professional staffing to support grief support groups in Connecticut

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Budget:
$110,655
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

The Cove Family Program at our 5 satellite sites in Meriden, West Hartford, New Haven, Guilford and Stonington, CT is a 20-22 week program held in 2-3-hour sessions. Child/Teen Peer Support Groups: Groups consisting of 3-15 children within 1-4 years of age of each other meet at each session. Children range in age from 4 years old to 17 years of age. Within the peer support groups, under the guidance of trained facilitators, children and teens are invited to explore and express their grief reactions through age appropriate projects involving art, movement, music and games. Their actions are confidential to the group and allow children to openly express feelings, without fear of judgment. The Cove has a manual of over 600 activities to choose from that open up channels of communication and target specific areas of grief work.  Specific activities include consistent rituals such as opening and closing circles honoring the loved one who has died, journaling, creation of memory boxes and family memory meals, artwork depicting feelings or the new family dynamic and how it effects each child, a visit to a funeral home to ask questions of and process the event with a trained funeral director, physical activities to release aggression and anger such as use of a tackle dummy and our “hurricane room” where children can rip telephone books and voice their feelings, but also understand the boundaries incurred by this behavior (as they discuss the ramifications of anger/acting out and have to clean up  and recycle the paper afterwards.)  Each session relates to a module of grief work completed for each age grousurviving caretakers meet separately with the Site Director to learn how to support their children in healing from their grief and to benefit from the shared support and experience of other widowers and caregivers dealing with the death of a loved one.  In addition, a family activity focused on some aspect of grief is provided to them to share with their children.  This phase of the Family Program encourages open communication about the person who has died so that the children feel they can openly express their feelings to their family both at The Cove and in the home environment.

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Program: Camp Erin Connecticut (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$54,000
Category:
Children & Youth (0-19 years)
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

Camp Erin Connecticut is a Free weekend long bereavement camp open to all grieving children in CT. The camp seeks to help children process their grief in a safe, fun and nurturing environment where they are open to sharing their stories and experiences with other children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Camp Erin CT was created in 2013 as Camp Erin Newtown in response to the needs of a community impacted by violence. It was expanded to allow all grieving children in CT a chance to attend a bereavement support camp.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Camp Erin model has been successfully administered across the nation through The Moyer Foundation's relationship with local bereavement organizations who administrate Camp Erin's at over 40 sites. Camp Erin CT is the 41st site. We will be taking part in a longitudinal study by Kent State University to assess the long term benefits of participation in a bereavement camp experience.

Program Short-Term Success:

Camp Erin Newtown in 2013 was very successful and was considered a "life changing" experience for the children, families, staff and volunteers who participated. The camp allowed children to openly express their grief and love for the person who had died and provided opportunities to process their grief in healthy ways. Many evaluations reported that after the camp experience children felt that they understood who the support systems were in their life, ways they could more effectively manage their feelings, and that the camp as a whole had been a very positive experience.

Program Success Monitored by:

Evaluation Forms and Camper/Parent Feedback.

Program Success Examples:

“The Cove Center for Grieving Children is honored to partner with The Moyer Foundation to provide Camp Erin for grieving children in Connecticut. The camp experience was a perfect match to our mission to “provide hope and healing for grieving children and teens,” as it allowed campers to process their grief with their peers in a safe, fun and healing environment supported by caring volunteers, staff and clinicians.” At the Camp Luminary ceremony, a child said that they had never cried over the loss of their father. The child’s experience at camp allowed the child to be genuine and honest about their feelings. The family later related that they had been able to cry together and it had been an amazing experience. A teen who participated arrived quite resistant, tired and unresponsive. By the end of the camp weekend, the teen had opened up and demeanor changed to energized, happy and engaged by the end of the program. The parent of this teen was extremely touched by the transformation. Many parents reported that the camp was the favorite part of the summer for many of their children.
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For over seventeen years, The Cove has provided programs that have helped children and their families deal with the grieving process. These support initiatives were designed to create a positive change with real results. Our results include; helping children understand the grieving process, how to communicate openly, how to ask for help, how to avoid the negative effects of unresolved childhood grief and, most importantly, to help them understand they are supported and served in a safe and healing environment. We help children understand that within each of them is the capacity to heal. We promote continuous safeguards against depression, drug and sexual addictions, delinquency, increase in school dropout rates, nonproductive behavior, suicide and other detrimental outcomes of unresolved grief. We help children identify and eliminate obstacles that might hinder them in their healing process. We also help parents and caretakers in understanding their own grief and how to appropriately support their children's grieving and healing processes.
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