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February 15, 2016

Care Dimensions Receives $100,000 Grief Reach Grant from The New York Life Foundation

DANVERS, MA, February 15, 2016 – Care Dimensions announced today a $100,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the expansion of its Children’s bereavement program to serve the Boston/Metro West communities of Massachusetts. For more than 35 years, Care Dimensions has provided children’s bereavement services throughout the North Shore and this expansion will meaningfully serve youth for whom North Shore programming is inaccessible. The Grief Reach grant will enable the nonprofit to hire a full-time Child Life Specialist dedicated to serving Boston/Metro West families, launch youth grief support groups and hold a teen bereavement retreat. 

           “The feedback we’ve received since the Grief Reach program began five years ago has helped us to meet the growing needs of the providers. We not only want to help them to broaden their reach, but we also want to help them to develop and improve their organization internally,” said Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation. “We have expanded the application parameters and increased the financial support so that youth across the country can receive the help they need to heal and grow.”

            “We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will help us broaden our services to reach underserved youth,” said Nate Lamkin, director of bereavement services and program development.  “The support will help many grieving children and their families in our community and beyond to begin the healing process.”

            The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs.  One hundred and fifty-three Grief Reach grants totaling nearly $5 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. The New York Life Foundation has been one of the leading funders of the childhood bereavement field, investing more than $25 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.

 About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $216 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

About Care Dimensions
Care Dimensions is largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients – in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals and at our Kaplan Family Hospice House – throughout all stages of advanced illness. Learn more at www.CareDimensions.org.

Care Dimensions Employees Celebrate Circle of Life Award 
 

In celebration of winning the prestigious national 2015 Circle of Life award honoring innovation in hospice and palliative care, the staff of Care Dimensions took to song "performing" (with vocal assistance from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) the iconic Circle of Life song. Enjoy! 

To view photos from our Circle of Life Award celebration, click here

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.