Letter from the Executive Director
The Healing Center is officially in its 20th year of operation, thanks to the community of support around us. As we head into this exciting milestone, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the great work that you have made possible. While there are many things that I am proud we have accomplished together, here is just a few highlights from 2019 of how you made a difference in the lives of our community:
- Last year we served a total of 364 individuals in all of our grief support programs
- 20 volunteers committed their time and talent to facilitating our support groups
- We held 234 group support sessions
- In total, we had 351 hours of group support service
The most remarkable accomplishment is that you, our generous supporters, have made all of this possible. As you know, The Healing Center only exists due to the funding provided by our supporters. As we head into this celebratory year, I hope you will join me in ensuring The Healing Center is around for many more years to come. Throughout this year, we will continue reflecting on how far we have come together. We also have an exciting celebration planned later this year, to truly celebrate the last 20 years. On behalf of the whole team here at the center, THANK YOU! We couldn’t do this without you.
Gearing up for a new year of programming!
In November, 7 people attended our fall volunteer facilitator training led by Clinical Director Jen McCormick and Youth Program Therapist Kelsey Sawyer. We were so excited to welcome a new crop of volunteers to our community!
We still need more volunteer group facilitator. Our next training is March 14th. Please reach out to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the upcoming training.
Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie Sanders
How did you first become involved with The Healing Center?
What inspired you to start volunteering as a kid’s group facilitator?
I had been feeling like I wanted to continue participating in a healing environment and help show others that you can get comfortable with your grief and even enjoy life. I wanted especially to share with kids so they could see that after a while you learn to have your persons memory with you all the time and that it can make you happy… most of the time. I wanted to show that you can be happy in life even if you are still sad about the fact that someone you loved has died.
What has been the most fulfilling part of your involvement with The Healing Center in the past and what do you look forward to in your new volunteer facilitator role?
Client Spotlight: Maygan Wurzer
How did you first get connected with The Healing Center?
What inspires you to support The Healing Center?
What part of our program services is the most meaningful for you?
What are your hopes for the future of our organization?
Three Ways to Support The Healing Center in 2020!
- Give: Sign up for monthly donations on our website at www.healingcenterseattle.org/give
- Volunteer: Help with future events, join our Board of Directors, or serve as a volunteer group facilitator.
- In-kind Donation: A list of items needed is available on our website.