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TCR Partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs
The work of The Children's Room extends far beyond the walls of our center in Arlington.
The Children's Room first began offering off-site peer support groups in 2010, bringing together teens at Lexington High School who had experienced the death of a close family member. 

Over the past four years TCR has expanded these groups to multiple schools and after-school programs in the Boston area including Boys & Girls Clubs in Chelsea and Dorchester.

TCR staff works in collaboration with the club social workers to coordinate and facilitate groups on-site, making grief support accessible to children in their own communities.
Children and teens from the Chelsea Boys & Girls Club participated in an activity day at TCR in April 

TCR's first Boys & Girls Club group took place last fall with children in Chelsea and was followed this spring by a teen group and an educational series for parents and guardians. A children's group took place this spring at the Blue Hills Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester. 
When the support group series comes to a close, a Family Dinner Night provides an opportunity for children and their families to further connect with one another.

Through this collaboration TCR is able to offer our expertise in grief support while building on the strength of the youth programs already in place.

This hasn't been the first time The Children's Room has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs. 

TCR's Education Director, Deborah Rivlin, has also trained staff at Clubs in Boston, sharing practical strategies on how to support children and teens who have suffered a loss.

In addition to Chelsea and Dorchester, The Children's Room has spoken with other Boys & Girls Clubs in the area and is exploring offering additional site-based grief support groups at other clubs in the coming year.

As this important community partnership strengthens and grows, The Children's Room is able to reach more children and families who may otherwise not be able to access our grief support services. 

We're grateful to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Boston area for helping create safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.

If you know of a school or community organization interested in partnering with TCR to offer grief support programs, please contact 
Colleen Shannon (Associate Program Director - Youth & Community Outreach) at
Community Tours 
at TCR
Fall Volunteer Training
The dates have been set for our Fall 2014 Volunteer Facilitator Training, which starts Friday, September 5th. 

Application is required to attend, and completion of training does not guarantee group placement.

All applicants with interest in volunteering in our family peer support groups must complete the mandatory training.

Training dates and additional info are available on our website.
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TCR Receives Youth in Philanthropy Grant to Support Teen Group
Colleen Shannon, Associate Program Director - Youth & Community Outreach, was pleased to receive a $5,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy program at Concord-Carlisle High School's Award Ceremony on May 21st. 

Through the Youth in Philanthropy program, students learn the importance of the non-profit sector and giving back to the community. 

Students at Concord-Carlisle chose to support TCR's peer support group at Lexington High School which Shannon began in 2010.
Tresca Bros. Features TCR Logo on Concrete Truck
We want to thank Tresca Bros. Concrete, Sand & Gravel for their very unique in-kind donation to The Children's Room!
Through their charity program, Tresca Bros. paints the drums of their concrete trucks with information on local non-profits.
Keep an eye out for this concrete truck in the area with TCR's logo and contact information. If you see it, snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!
Garden Volunteer Days
Thank you to the volunteers who spent a Friday helping out in our garden! 
We spread some mulch and did some much-needed weeding. Our volunteers accomplished a lot, but there is still more to be done.
In addition to our scheduled garden days, we could also use help with routine weeding and maintenance. All skill levels are welcome!

Summer 2014 Garden Days 

Wednesday, July 9

Friday, September 12

All garden days will be scheduled from 10am to 2pm, with a lunch break. For more information or to sign up, please email
Watch our New TCR VIDEO
Watch and share this powerful video about The Children's Room we recently added to YouTube.
Listen to children, teens, and parents share their stories of finding connection and healing at TCR, and get an inside look at what happens during our family peer support groups.
We're grateful to the families who shared their stories as well as Anne Favaloro and Reflection Films, for their production and editing services.
Our Heartfelt Thanks
We are grateful to so many of you whose support enables all that we do here at The Children's Room. A word of thanks for some special donations of time, talent, and much-needed resources: 
  • Jeanne Mooney for capturing great photos of our 2014 Marathon Team and sponsors of our Circle of Hope Breakfast.
  • All our gifted, reliable, caring volunteers (close to 100!), without whom we could not reach nearly as many children and families... thank you, one and all.

The Children's Room has partnered with Donate for Charity to make it fast and easy to donate your old vehicle to TCR. Your vehicle will be picked up - free of charge! - from anywhere and TCR will receive a donation in the amount of the vehicle's value.

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