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Cove Center for Grieving Children

...providing hope and healing for grieving children

Cheshire, CT   |  www.covect.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mrs. Allison Gamber

Main address

Coordinating Office 1113 South Main St. Suite A

Cheshire, CT 06410 USA

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EIN

06-1546563

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Cove Center for Grieving Children's programming is designed to help at-risk grieving children and teens avoid the negative effects of unresolved grief that include anger, acting out, depression, low academic performance, higher drop-out rates, drug use and addiction and even suicide. Over 38,000 children in Connecticut will grieve the death of an immediate family member before the age of 18. Nationally, 1 out of every 20 children aged 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. 1 in 5 children experience the death of someone close to them by age 18. Cove programming provides education, support and tools for children to navigate their grief in healthy ways, helping them to express their feelings, improve family communication and find pathways to resiliency and healing. Our Cove Family Sites and Camp Compassion provide preventative and intervention services. We have successfully delivered the Cove Family Program over 25 year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Overview

The Cove provides a variety of grief support programs. Our Family Programs 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 regarding grief and loss.

Population(s) Served
Families

The Cove Family Program at our  satellite sites in Meriden, West Hartford,  New Haven, Guilford, and Stonington, CT is a 20 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. Adult Groups: At the same time that children are participating in peer groups, surviving caretakers meet separately with the Site Director to learn how to support their children's grief process. I

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Caregivers
Parents

Cove Site Directors and volunteer facilitators also present the“Good Grief” in Schools Program to children and teens ages 5- 13 at school sites throughout the state of Connecticut. At the school sites, directors of school social work and guidance departments participate in a half day training module for school members interested in facilitating groups. We then train counselors, social workers and psychologists in school social work and guidance departments to develop expertise in delivering an eight-week grief and healing program at their schools. After completing Cove training, school professionals will feel ready to deliver the Good Grief school program independently, or with the assistance of a Cove trained facilitator if preferred.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Camp Compassion is a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.
Camp Compassion combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Through interactions with other children and adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Compassion provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express emotions, share their grief and learn positive coping skills. The Cove Center for Grieving Children will also provide families with long-term support at our family sites.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, At-risk youth

Related Program

Cove Family Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total individuals served through our Cove Family Program Cove in Schools and Camp Compassion. Note: our program year is based on a June to July fiscal year.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Referrals, Requests for Information, Volunteerism, Requests for Bereavement support literature and services for individuals, schools, and community organizations.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Camp Compassion

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Camp Compassion Totem Leaders, Clinicians, Service Providers and Staff. Includes Camp Compassion CT and Cove Family Program Facilitators.

Number of evaluations conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pre and Post Evaluations for Family Program and Evaluations for Camp Compassion for Campers and Volunteers. Cove Family Program- participants and new facilitators. Professional Dev and Cove in Schools

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Program Overview

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Trauma informed care at camp training was given in 2015,2016 and 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community Presentations, Presentations for Foster Care Parent Groups, Schools, Hospitals, Physicians and Social Workers and the general public.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facilitators, Clinicians and Totem Leader trained to work with grieving children & families who applied their skills within Family Program, Trauma Informed Care at Camp Compassion and in Schools.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Included presentations to schools, universities, hospitals, community centers, foster parent groups and community outreach.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cove Family Program Facilitators, Board, Office Support, Camp Compassion Totem Leaders and Clinicians, Event Volunteers, Community Outreach volunteers. Cove in schools volunteers.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• To provide hope and healing for grieving children and teens and
support for their families through peer support programming at our 5 Cove Family Sites in
Meriden, West Hartford, , New Haven, Guilford ,Stonington.
• To deliver “Good Grief" School Programming to children/teens
in schools throughout CT.
• To provide outreach and referrals for grieving children statewide.
• To present Professional Development Training at schools, universities,
hospitals and agencies with staff and parent/caregivers who work directly with
grieving children.
•To again provide a bereavement Camp experience through Camp Compassion.

The Cove has started to build a strategic plan to meet the needs of newly grieving children in Connecticut that will chart the course for our organization for the next 3 years. The Strategic Planning process will include strategies for achieving a vision for our organization for the future. This will include defining the budgets, scope of programming and services that The Cove will provide to children and families throughout the state of CT. The Cove has fully defined programming and a model that has been successfully delivered and refined over the past 26 years. The Cove family peer support model was created to specifically help children process grief through peer support, education, family interaction and creative activities designed to help children express their feelings and avoid the devastating effects of unresolved grief. The Cove will move forward with additional Cove programming at satellite sites throughout the state of CT. The Cove has also begun a review of a "Standard of Excellence" for Cove programming at each of our sites that includes input by Cove families, the Executive Director and Board of Trustees.

The Cove Center for Grieving Children is a part of the 211 system in CT and a resource for grieving children and families throughout our state. The Cove provides services and referral for grieving children and their families and training for professionals working with grieving children. The Cove has been proactive in seeking to expand service, programs and connections so that every grieving child in our state will have access to support, either through our services or through referral to other agencies and resources within our state and beyond. Cove Site Directors are Licensed Clinicians with years of experience working with children, families, schools and agencies to further our mission. Many of our volunteer facilitators have over 5 years and upward to 15 years experience working with grieving children. These caring individuals have helped to refine our programming and provide continuity for children who have experienced the trauma of the loss of a loved one. The camp will be an ongoing resource for years to come. Our network of experienced and caring professionals and volunteers allow us to respond to the needs of grieving children statewide.

The Cove is also an established partner with the Unite Us Connecticut Network. Unite Us is a interactive platform within the Yale New Haven Health System. This is a referral resource for those with in the Yale system and their community partners to refer patients for needed services.

The Cove has successfully managed 5 Cove family sites and 3 Virtual Cove Programs serving a broad demographic in the state of CT. These sites help serve the estimated 38,000 grieving children in CT. Long term goals are currently being established through the development of a new strategic plan. Part of that was moving our office to a larger, more friendly environment so we can include programming in another town in Connecticut. Over the pandemic, we created Caring Connection, a program for families to touch base with our staff to help them through their grief journey prior to beginning one of our programs. This need was heightened because of the pandemic. The Cove website is also a great resource for grieving children and families, with links to articles, books and websites serving grieving children.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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Cove Center for Grieving Children

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Berry

Cigna

Term: 2021 - 2023

Scott Beeman

Benefit Harbor Insurance

Jason Gallaway

The Hartford Insurance Group, Head of Talent Acquisition

Elizabeth Berry

CIGNA, Director, Human Resources

Al Leonardo

Aetna

Katie Spinello

Deloitte

Steve Mongelli

Clarity

Tracy Lotko

Anthem

Kevin Kearney

The Hartford

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.