BRONX, NEW YORK, September 7, 2012 – Calvary today announced a $200,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation. The funds will provide critical support to the Hospital’s year-round bereavement support programs for school-age and teenage children in the Bronx and downtown Brooklyn, and for Camp Compass® -- a unique summer camp for children ages 6 through 17.
“For more than 23 years, Calvary’s bereavement groups have supported thousands of adults, adolescents and children at a very difficult time in their lives,” said Frank Calamari, President and CEO. “Over the years, Calvary has been very fortunate for the ongoing and generous support of Newman’s Own. This latest grant will ensure the expansion of our free support groups into Brooklyn and the continuation of Camp Compass®.
“The long-standing commitment and support of the Calvary mission by Newman’s Own will help Calvary continue bringing our expertise in this sensitive topic to children and teenagers who may have few other options in dealing with the loss of loved ones.”
Every year, approximately four percent of children in the United States experience the death of a parent or other close loved one. Bereaved children and teens are often forgotten in the chaos that can ensue in families after a death occurs. All too often, children are left on their own to cope with tragedy, as adults struggle to get a grip on their own lives. Calvary provides a safe place where children can express their emotions and share their grief with others who have also suffered loss.
“The grant from Newman’s Own Foundation is essential to Calvary’s ability to provide bereavement support services to all those children we have been able to serve,” said Sherry Schachter, PhD, Director of Bereavement Services.
Calvary’s Camp Compass® just hosted its 15th annual session from August 20-24 2012. For the first time, it took place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. The week-long day camp is open to participants of Calvary’s children’s and teen bereavement programs. It provides a nurturing and relaxing environment for children of all backgrounds who can join together to validate feelings, offer hope, and just be carefree kids for a few hours every day.
“Precious Moments” is Calvary’s bereavement program for young children aged 6 to 11 years. It consists of a cycle of group sessions, held at the Bronx campus after school hours throughout the school year, for children in the community.
Since 2001 when Calvary began offering teen bereavement support for 12- to 17-year-olds, its program has grown from six participants to 76 in 2011. The teen support group provides a safe haven for adolescents to express and accept their feelings of bereavement. They meet for eight-week sessions continuously throughout the school year. Trained counselors help teens cope with the anxiety, fear, guilt, and pain that death evokes. An informal discussion format enables teenagers to develop trust and establish a common bond among those who have experienced similar loss. The informality of the setting, with snacks set out on a table and pillows on the floor to lie on or lean against, helps the teens feel comfortable and at ease.
In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families by offering free bereavement support groups for adults, children, and teens, as well as referrals for additional support as needed. Its programs are available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger community whose death is attributable to illness, accident, or violence.
Calvary also offers an annual four-week “Mentors through Mourning” program in the Spring, which is designed for principals, teachers, social workers, and guidance counselors. Each Fall, the Hospital offers a 10-week course for clinicians working in palliative care focusing on end-of-life issues and bereavement.
Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation which turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $350 million to thousands of charitable organizations around the world. To see Calvary featured on the Newman's Own Foundation website, please go to: www.newmansownfoundation.org, click on "Nourishing the Common Good," then "Grantee profiles,” and finally on “Calvary Hospital.”
Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org
Calvary hosted its 15th annual Camp Compass® -- a unique summer bereavement camp -- for 75 children ages 6-17. For the first time, the camp took place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Pictured below are three photos of children enjoying themselves at the 2012 camp.