Human Services

Erin's House for Grieving Children, Inc.

Building Hope. Healing Hearts.

Fort Wayne, IN   |  www.erinshouse.org

Mission

Erin's House provides support services for children, teens and their families, who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Debra M. Meyer MNM

Main address

5670 YMCA Park Drive West

Fort Wayne, IN 46835 USA

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EIN

35-1884264

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Family Services (P40)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Until recently children were seen as “non-grievers" in our culture. They were expected to bounce right back after a death in the family. We know that the impact of death on children, teens, and their families is timeless and that the family circle is broken forever. When parents are so deep in their own grief, they may have little energy left to help their children. The child may feel powerless, angry, abandoned, and confused.

Research indicates that children and adults grieve differently. While adults may be somber and need to cry or talk, children often cannot put into words how they are feeling. Most children display intense expressions of grief, closely followed by a period of laughter and playing. Children tend to “close" their feelings of grief: letting in only what they can handle the reality of death.

We help children begin to accept the changes and effects of grief by helping them understand their feelings and improve their communication.

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?

Erin's House - Grief Support for children, teens, young adults, and their families

Erin's House for Grieving Children (Erin's House) is the only stand-alone children's grief center in the state of Indiana. Grief support groups are open at no cost to families, who have a child, teen or young adult grieving the death of a loved one. Grief support groups meet onsite twice a month (Mon - Thursday), for ages 3-30 and for the adults in their life. There are three camps - Teen Retreat, Camp Good Grief and Family Camp, offered at no cost for the families. Students, parents/ caregivers, and teachers receive crisis response debriefing, in a peer-support setting when tragedy and death affect their classrooms or youth groups. Children and their parent(s)/ caregiver(s) are provided age and situational appropriate books and activity booklets at their orientation. Telephone support is also available, free to grieving families, at 260-423-2466. Children's grief awareness and education presentations are available to the community and educational settings. The heart of Erin's House is the over 200 volunteer facilitators that go through 28 hours of grief training. If you are interested in volunteering for Erin's House please call the office at 260-423-2466 or www.erinshouse.org. Erin's House for Grieving Children is a proud member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Families

Where we work

Awards

Torch Award 2011

BBB

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

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 clients who report that services/supports are available when needed, even in a crisis

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

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Erin's House - Grief Support for children, teens, young adults, and their families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals served in Northeast Indiana.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Position Statement 1: Erin's House affirms its core commitment to the facilitation of peer-to-peer grief support for children and youth.<br/>Strategic Priorities<br/>a) Erin's House will seek to enhance its impact on its core population by providing training and resources for parents, educators, and youth workers.<br/>b) Erin's House will broaden the scope of its work by seeking new venues for the delivery of its core services, based on the following considerations:<br/> Availability of staff to deliver the program in a quality manner.<br/> The presence of other grief support services in the area.<br/> The short-term and long-term financial implications.<br/> Existing relationships in the area.<br/>c) Erin's House will explore alternative means for the delivery of resources and support, with an emphasis on the use of electronic media.<br/>Position Statement 2: Erin's House affirms it commitment to providing services at no cost to its core clientele and will continue to pursue funding from foundations and individual donors.<br/>Strategic Priorities<br/>a) Erin's House will lessen its vulnerability to fluctuations in its major fundraising event by emphasizing the cultivation of individual donors.<br/>b) Erin's House will explore opportunities for generating revenue through the provision of services to adult populations and other specialized cohort groups.

Erin's House will be recognized as the key provider of grief support, resources, and training in the region.<br/>Strategic Priorities<br/>a) Erin's House will strengthen relationships with current and potential referral sources to ensure that they understand the unique features of its program. Points of emphasis include:<br/> Peer-to-peer support in group settings<br/> Facilitators trained in the grieving process of children and youth<br/> Focus on building lifelong coping skills<br/> Availability of supplemental services (e.g., Camp Good Grief)<br/> Availability of services at no cost to families

The primary strategy driver defines the basis on which program and resource decisions are made and new opportunities are assessed. The three main strategy drivers for a nonprofit organization are:<br/>Client-Driven, whereby decisions are driven by the unique needs of the target population.<br/>Service-Driven, whereby decisions are driven by the opportunity to extend content expertise or specialized knowledge into new areas or to new populations.<br/>Market-Driven, whereby decisions are driven by changing needs or priorities within the organization's defined domain.<br/>Erin's House will follow a service-driven strategy, determining that its growth will be driven by the delivery of its core services to new populations, in new markets and through new methods of delivery.

The organizational core is defined as your strongest competencies aimed at the highest priority needs of your targeted population, within your defined domain. Erin's House defines its organizational core as follows:<br/>Strongest Competencies: Providing compassionate support, teaching coping skills.<br/>Target Population: Children, youth who have experienced the death of a loved one.<br/>Priority Needs – Accepting and adjusting to a “new normal".<br/>Domain – Geographic, defined as within driving distance of Fort Wayne.

Current Services: <br/>All programs are offered at no costs to families to ensure that no child is prevented from receiving our support because of the cost. Current programs include: <br/>Erin's House provides grief support services for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. Specific programs include:<br/>• Bi-weekly, on-site Peer Support Program Nights <br/>• In-school Peer Support Programs: For children unable to attend on-site programs<br/>• Crisis Response Team: Support to schools and youth-serving organizations after the death of a student, teacher, or member<br/>• Camps and retreats: Camp Good Grief for youth ages 8 to 13; Teen Retreat for youth ages 14 to 19; Family Camp for families to work on grief together. <br/>• Friday at 5:00: Peer support group for 19-30-year-olds at Erin's House.<br/>• Training for adults working with children/youth: Educates first responders, social workers, teachers, and other adults how to respond to grieving children<br/>• Family Stability Program: Family activities for families to interact with each other and other Erin's House families<br/>• Community support and education: Telephone support, books, activity booklets to assist in the grieving process; community presentations to raise awareness of the grieving process for anyone in the community

Financials

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Erin's House for Grieving Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jared Helge

Rothberg Logan Warsco

Term: 2015 - 2020

Tim Miller

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Wendy Rowland

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Terri Bellio

Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly

Joe Doust

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Tammy Else

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Carole Fuller

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Brian Hamil

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Karrie Kitch

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Mark VanderHagen

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Jared Helge

Rothberg Logan & Warsco

Beth Martin

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Pete Schenkel

CL Schust

Dr. Matt Runyan

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Jane Wilks

Community Volunteer

Mary Ann Ziembo

Community Volunteer

Molly Rommel

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Dr. Raymond Dusman

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David McComb

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Lori Vaughn, EdS

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Andrew Schroeder, CPA

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2019

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Keywords

support, groups, children, grief, grieving, death, families