Become a Volunteer Group Facilitator For Healing Hearts

Become a Volunteer Group Facilitator For Healing Hearts

The following is a press release from The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families, an award-winning program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. offering support groups, workshops, and educational events to help children, teens and adults cope after the loss of a loved one.

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2011

Become a Volunteer Group Facilitator For Healing Hearts

You can help grieving children and adults find support, compassion and acceptance after the death of their parent or sibling. Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. seeks volunteers to assist with grief support offered by The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families.

Volunteer group facilitators will complete a professionally led training that is required of all volunteers. After completing the 20 hour training, volunteers work in teams to create a safe environment for children, teens and parents/caregivers to discuss their grief issues. On-going supervision, instruction and support from the Program Manager (as well as other program staff) help volunteer facilitators develop their capacity to be a helpful presence to the bereaved.

Healing Hearts Group facilitators are asked to make a one-year commitment for either Tuesday or Thursday. Groups meet bi-weekly September-June and once a month in July and August. Regular attendance is essential to maintain continuity with the children and families. Volunteer facilitators participate from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m., including meetings with program staff members before and after the support groups for preparation and debriefing.

Volunteers must be 21 years or older and agree to a criminal background check and fingerprinting prior to assuming their volunteer role. Participation in the volunteer training and continuing education is required. Volunteers facilitators must be able to work as a team member, maintain an atmosphere of respect and non-judgement, respect confidentiality, and be dependably present to participants, other volunteers and staff of the program. Individuals from varied backgrounds and career experiences are welcome to apply—compassionate, caring and empathetic listeners are welcome.

Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Healing Hearts volunteer facilitator may contact Joanna DeNicola, LCSW, Healing Hearts program manager at (203) 792-4422 or  email:JDeNicola@RegionalHospiceCT.org.

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The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families is an award-winning program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. offering support groups, workshops, and educational events to help children, teens and adults cope after the loss of a loved one.

Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. offers real hope for those facing advanced illness through patient-focused care, education, resources and advocacy. We help patients and families discover what end-of-life care can be—what can be gained, what can be realized and what can be recaptured. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org.

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For More Information:

 

Joanna DeNicola

 

Healing Hearts Program Manager

 

Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT

 

(203) 792-4422

 

JDeNicola@RegionalHospiceCT.org

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Posted on August 8, 2011, in The Bees Knees, Volunteers, Volunteers and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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