October 2015 Newsletter    
Join our 2016 Miles and Memories
Boston Marathon Team

Interested in running the Boston Marathon for TCR?

The application deadline has been extended until
next Friday, November 6, 2015!

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, TCR has 6 bibs for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

We are looking for 6 energetic, committed individuals to run and fundraise to support TCR. Runners receive ongoing support from The Children's Room in reaching their fundraising goals.

Please click here to download an application TODAY if you're interested in running and in playing a crucial role in raising much-needed funds to support TCR's services for grieving children, teens, and families!

Want to be inspired? Check out our 2015 Miles & Memories team and read why they ran for us. 

 "Memories That Move Us"
TCR's 12th Annual Memories Walk
A little rain couldn't put a damper on the spirits of everyone who came to join us on Sunday, October 25, for our 12th Annual Memories Walk!

What a fantastic day we had, walking together up Mass. Ave. to celebrate TCR and to remember our loved ones. We were so happy and grateful to share this day with so many of you. Thank you for gathering with us in support of our mission to create safe, caring communities, so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.

We simply could not do this vital work without the support of our community, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this year's event such a resounding success. 

Thank you!

A Very Special Thank You to the
Arlington Hockey Club
On October 3, The Arlington Hockey Club hosted its fourth annual Skate-a-Thon to benefit TCR. 

This year, the Club held its Skate-a-Thon in memory of Arlington teen Catherine Malatesta. They were able to exceed their fundraising goal, raising over $15,000 for TCR. What an impressive effort!

We had a blast at the event, and we're deeply honored by and grateful for AHC's ongoing commitment to TCR. 

Thank you, AHC, for all you continue to do to support TCR!

For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

Welcome to our 2015-16 Interns!

As another school year begins, TCR once again welcomes a talented new group of undergraduate and graduate Program Interns. 

We are so pleased and proud to welcome Devan Miller, Samantha Adams, Aidan YoungAshly CullityStacy Normand, and Jessica Visconti to the TCR community!

TCR's interns help our staff provide a range of programs for grieving children and families, all while educating the next generation of professionals entering the mental health field.

TCR offers a 10-month academic internship in the field of bereavement for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of social work, psychology, expressive arts, and/or child life. The interns work with children, teens, and families at the house and in the community. Their learning is both trauma informed and based on the model of peer support.

Program Interns assist in multiple peer support groups, our parent education series, and family night. They also provide information and referrals to callers in need of grief support.

TCR interns also participate in a weekly seminar, providing an opportunity for didactic as well as experiential learning. Topics for the seminar include: child development and grief, bereavement theory, trauma and grief, mindfulness, cultural diversity, religion and spirituality, and expressive arts.

To read more about our Internship Program, please visit our website.

LifeLine Ambulance Hosts Harbor
Cruise for TCR
Brian J. Connor, President and CEO of LifeLine Ambulance, presenting the proceeds from LifeLife Ambulance's recent event to TCR Executive Director Donna Smith Sharff.

A warm thank you to LifeLife Ambulance! 

LifeLine hosts an annual appreciation Boston Harbor Cruise for the LifeLife family (employees, clients, etc.) each Labor Day weekend. LifeLine pays for the event and asks guests to make a contribution to a local charity if they wish. The Children's Room was the recipient this year, and $5,000 was raised for TCR. Brian Connor and his wife, Michelle O'Connor, generously matched the proceeds in memory of Arlington teen Catherine Malatesta.

Thank you so much for your generous support!

Thank you, Mr. Kraft!
Another Busy Program Year Begins

TCR staff and volunteer facilitators have been welcoming new and returning families to our peer support groups, and our warm and welcoming house is once again filled with the sounds of laughter and group activities.

Our peer support groups in area schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston are also starting back up, now that school is in full swing.

It doesn't end there.

In addition to peer support groups, TCR offers a range of services for grieving families, including: 
We look forward to another wonderful year of providing hope and healing!

Children's Grief Awareness Day:
November 19, 2015
Community Tours
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Stay in touch with TCR!
Our Heartfelt Thanks

Thank you for your support, and thanks to the following people 
for some special, recent donations:

Thank you so much to our sponsors for this year's 12th Annual Memories Walk. We could never have had such a successful day without you!

o   Presenting Sponsors: LifeLine Ambulance and Wilmington Trust
o   Principal Sponsor: Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team (YourHomeForSale.com)

We extend warm thanks as well to our DJ, Dee Savioli, who kept everyone dancing at Town Hall, and to our expert balloon man, Clown Alan Belanger, a.k.a. "Spunky," who brought so many smiles to our Walk Day!

Thank you to Blooms of Hope for their beautiful donation of mums and ornamental cabbage, which made everything colorful and beautiful at Town Hall!

And last but not least, thank you to Yale Appliance + Lighting for donating our fabulous new dishwasher. It came just in time for the start of another busy TCR program year! We love it!

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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