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Erin’s House for Grieving Children
“Nurturing the healing of grieving children and the people that live in their worlds.”


Erin’s House for Grieving Children is a non-profit organization that caters to children, teens and their families that have experienced the death of someone close, whether it be a sibling, parent, grandparent, etc. Focused almost solely on the children, the program helps educate children in the process of grief and that it is natural and okay for them to feel and go through the hardships that come with it. It also lets children know that what they are experiencing is not uncommon, and that there are other children their age going through similar ordeals. The program divides children up by age to better facilitate the peer groups' thought process, by 3–5-year-olds, 6–9-year-olds, 10–13-year-olds, teens and young adults.


By helping children through their grief right away, Erin's House and the families are able to resolve possible problems that may arise later in life, such as substance abuse, truancy, distrust, depression, etc. Also, by educating the guardian figures of the children, there is less room for misinterpretation of children’s actions and feelings, as well as more of an understanding of how and why they are grieving.


Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Facilitator: On Erin’s program nights, the facilitators are the ones who work with the groups of children, lead activities and crafts, enforce rules and are the adult and reassuring figure in the area that mediates the time. (Great for child psychology interests)

 

Erin’s House requires possible volunteers to:

  • Fill out an application
  • Provide four non-relation references
  • Complete background check
    • National Criminal Background Check
    • National Sex Offender Registry


Important Information about the Opportunity:

Erin’s House Volunteer Facilitators are the staple of their program. Because of the bond and “companioning” that the program relies on between facilitator and the children, a commitment of 12 months is asked. Please be aware of this commitment if interested in this program.

Hours:
Bi-monthly 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. for programming nights and prior planning.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Benson-Chaney
Volunteer Services Director
(260) 423-2466

3811 Illinois Road
Suite 205
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Or visit Erin's House's homepage.

If you ever have any questions or suggestions about volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the Manchester University Office of Volunteer Services: ovs@manchester.edu.