Served 716 families in 2021, an increase of 105% year over year. September 2021 saw the highest number of monthly referrals with 81.
· Secured a new partnership with Houston ISD to provide services to 200,000 students and 30,000 employees.
· Brought in the experts, launching an IT Committee of technology experts to provide guidance for the future technology needs of Carson’s Village as well as a Bereavement Committee of diverse thought leaders to support the development of the grief support network and program.
· Launched its first six-week group grief support pilot which led to the launch of a monthly group grief support program for clients. This was supplemented by new bereavement content featured on the website.
· Continued to grow, hiring its second Advocate, ensuring that our Spanish-speaking clients have access to a bilingual support system.
· Hosted our 4th annual golf tournament, hosting 138 golfers and raising $41,319, a 42.1% increase over 2020. We also participated in North Texas Giving Day and benefited from many gifts from donors like you.
· We were even featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and secured a $5,000 gift from the show. Also featured on Spectrum News, the Dallas Morning News, The Remnant podcast, and the As I Live and Breathe podcast.
Expanded Grief Support for You and Your Family
At Carson’s Village, we know that each person’s grief journey is unique and that different things help different people. That’s why we are excited to announce the launching of our Peer to Peer (P2P) program, where you can regularly speak with someone in the community who has also experienced a similar loss.
Our peer supporters, or “Villagers”, as we call them, are volunteers who participate in 20 hours of training and monthly meetings through Carson’s Village so that they can be as supportive as possible to their peers. We match our Villagers and Peers with intention, hoping to help form relationships that will be as meaningful as possible.
Those who utilize Carson’s Village services may request a Villager at any point during their work with us and must be 18+ to participate. If you’re interested in volunteering to become a Villager, please read more about the P2P program here.
Group Grief Support
As a reminder, on the second Tuesday of every month, Carson’s Village offers a free monthly virtual Grief Group Support Program. This is an informative series which provides an understanding of the dynamics of grief and what to expect; we will explore the myths of grief and learn strategies on how to develop healthy coping skills for adjusting to life without your loved one.
Maria O. Correa joined Carson’s Village as an Advocate. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and attended the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned her Master of Social Work degree. During her college years, Maria became passionate about social entrepreneurship and community development, creating innovative ways to support and empower marginalized communities in Puerto Rico and internationally. Maria enjoys being and ethical-storyteller and humanitarian photographer. Maria likes to read, travel and spend time with family and friends.
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The 2022 Carson’s Village Golf Tournament will be here before you know it! Block your calendar for the afternoon of September 16, 2022! We will be back at Bear Creek Golf Club for a great day of golf and fellowship to raise money for Carson’s Village! Once again, we will have a CRAZY amount of great raffle prizes at the dinner afterwards.