Grant Allows Adventist St. Thomas Hospice to Offer Overnight Grief Camp
Thanks to a grant awarded by The Moyer Foundation, Adventist St. Thomas Hospice in Hinsdale, Illinois, will offer a free overnight camp experience to children and teens grieving the death of someone close to them.
Camp Erin® Chicago, in partnership with Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, will take place for the first time this October. Grief professionals and trained volunteers facilitate the weekend, which combines high-energy and traditional camp activities with grief support and education. The camp will be open to about 50 children and teens from ages 6 to 17 and held at Camp Dunkin in Ingleside, Illinois.
“Camp Erin Chicago is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach out and support bereaved kids,” said Heather Kochen, bereavement coordinator for Adventist St. Thomas Hospice. “The overnight stay will give participants a unique opportunity to bond with others experiencing similar losses.”
Thanks to a 10-year, $100,000 grant from The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin Chicago will allow Adventist St. Thomas Hospice to expand services it already provides grieving young people. Throughout the year, the hospice offers a Tommy’s Kids Support Group, and each summer, it runs Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp, a week-long day camp for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced a loss.
“Many times in the past, people have told us they wished we had an overnight option for their children,” Kochen said. “Up until now, it has not been possible. Thanks to The Moyer Foundation, our ability to serve grieving families has been greatly expanded.”
Camp Erin Chicago is part of the largest national network of bereavement camps in the country and was established by The Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by World Series Champion pitcher and former Chicago Cub Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. The Moyer Foundation partners with health care and bereavement organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin nationwide.
Those interested in finding out more about bereavement programs offered by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice can contact Kochen at (630) 856-6985. For information on supporting childhood bereavement camp programs at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, please visit hinsdalehospitalfoundation.org.
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