The Lighthouse for Grieving Children
Annual Service Report 2016
2016 has been an exciting year of growth and change for the Lighthouse for Grieving Children. Our move in late November to our new home at 2522 Rebecca Street has allowed us to accommodate all our support groups under one roof and will enable us to meet the continued demand we foresee in 2017.
Although, for most of 2016, our support groups ran from 82 Wilson Street and our off-site location at the Kerr St. Mission, we still grew further: support group participants increased by 14% and new participant intakes increased by 19%. This growth was supported by a part-time Support Group Leader for 8 hours per week, as well as increased volunteer resources. With such reinforcement, we were able to provide a concurrent facilitated Parent/Caregiver support group for each Children’s and Teen Group, a specialized Suicide Loss Children’s group, with concurrent facilitated Parent/Caregiver support group, and an afternoon Children’s Group with parent support group. This means that all family members who attend the Lighthouse can look after their own needs in different groups.
Outside our 4 walls Lighthouse grew too: we are a resource to the community providing telephone support, consultations, education and training to individuals, the school community, health care professionals and community agency professionals who contact us to better understand death, dying, and the needs of the bereaved. These consultations and educational presentations were requested by 425 individuals from many communities in Halton, Peel and beyond.
After much careful planning, the transition of our Lighthouse families from Wilson Street to our new home, went without a hitch. Groups settled quickly and families feel comfortable and cared for. Our new home radiates warmth and care, increasing the sense of community and enhanced group experiences for our families. This is especially true for our teen participants who have “returned home” after several years in temporary meeting spaces.
A Lighthouse mom walking into our new home for the first time was in tears, saying “I am so touched that there are people out in the community who made this home possible and they do not even know us. I feel loved.” This is so true, hence our tag line: #LHyouarenotalone.
Participant and Support Group Statistics - 2016
Support Group Participants:
New Participant Statistics - 2016
Grief Resource and Training Statistics - 2016
Service Delivery Volunteer Statistics - 2016