Judi’s House/JAG Institute (JH/JAG) launched the Childhood Bereavement Changemaker initiative in 2019 to empower bereavement partners to use data to inform decision making and enhance impact. With philanthropic support provided by the New York Life Foundation and in collaboration with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), we are pleased to expand the Changemaker initiative to additional partner organizations.

Through a series of training workshops and custom technical assistance, three unique cohorts of Changemakers will grow their capacity for data collection and program evaluation through a 12-month process designed to address data and evaluation needs big and small.

Participating organizations will gain access to the knowledge and resources necessary to create efficient data processes to tell their story, identify service gaps and target funding opportunities. These new Changemakers will become part of an extended alumni network aimed at instilling a robust learning community to elevate data discussion in the childhood bereavement field.

Meet the Changemakers:

Blue map of the United States depicting Changemaker organization locations across the country with yellow dots.
Cohort One

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio – Toledo, OH
Jessica’s House – Turlock, CA
Journey of Hope Grief Support Center – Plano, TX
Mourning Hope Grief Center – Lincoln, NE
New Hope Grief Support Community – Long Beach, CA
Peter’s Place – Radnor, PA
The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center – Mattapan, MA
The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado – Durango, CO
The Tristesse Grief Center – Tulsa, OK

Cohort Two

Center for Grieving Children – a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fox Valley – Menasha, WI
Erin’s House for Grieving Children – Fort Wayne, IN
Healing House – Lafayette, LA
Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice – Belleville, IL
Michael’s Place – Traverse City, MI
Park Nicollet Foundation – St. Louis Park, MN
Pillars Community Health (Buddy’s Place)– La Grange, IL
The Center for Loss and Bereavement – Skippack, PA
The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children – Lexington, KY
Transitions Kids – Raleigh, NC

Cohort Three

Bo’s Place – Houston, TX
Bridges of Hope – North Charleston, SC
CaringMatters, Inc. – Gaithersburg, MD
Experience Camps – Westport, CT
Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children – Cincinnati, OH
Kate’s Club – Atlanta, GA
Rainbow Kidz of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County – Statesville, NC
The Center for Grieving Children – Portland, ME
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – Arlington, VA

Changemaker Alumni

In 2019, 10 passionate Changemakers from across the country were selected to pilot the initiative: The Dougy Center (Portland), OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center (Los Angeles), The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado (Durango), Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas (San Antonio), Alive Hospice (Nashville), and the Greater Philadelphia Grief Collaborative which represented A Haven, Abington-Jefferson Safe Harbor Program, The Center for Loss and Bereavement, Peter’s Place, and Uplift Center for Grieving Children.

For two years, we worked closely with each Changemaker and developed tailored reports that helped inform planning, influence change, increase funding, and enhance their overall impact on bereaved children and families.

We learned so much from each Changemaker and are excited to continue expanding our alumni network of partners who are dedicated to elevating in the field by applying best practices in data utilization and evaluation.

Read some their stories:
Alive Grief Support Insider
The Greif Center of Southwest Colorado
Philly Greif Collaborative Flyer

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Judi’s House/JAG Institute partnered with the New York Life Foundation to help support grieving children and families by creating the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

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