June 2019 Newsletter

Board Update

Sunset in Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

 

Hi, it’s been a while.  In fact, I think the last time you heard from us was December and for that I apologize.  There is so much going on—including some amazing updates I want to share with you on the behalf of the board.  Before I get to our news, I want to recap our journey over the last two years to provide context.  Back in the summer of 2017, The Healing Center was on the precipice of closing.  I’m so pleased that since then we’ve hired an Operations Director, a new Clinical Director, and kept programs running without interruption.  We used the money raised from the GoFundMe campaign in January 2018 to help pay our housing costs last year. During the past year, our meeting space got a fresh coat of paint as well as new furniture and our little house in the alley is looking amazing.  If you haven’t visited recently, I encourage you to swing by and see for yourself.

Our groups have continued to grow, and demand for our services has never been greater.  All of you have provided the support and encouragement we’ve needed to get through two years of rebuilding.  We’ve grown the board from three members in Summer 2017 to our current ten members.  Last month, we added 3 new board members.

The most exciting news I have to share is that The Healing Center has a new Executive Director, Chase Huffman. Chase will have a recurring spot in this newsletter starting this month, so read on for his comments. We can’t wait for you all to meet Chase and see how amazing he is.

The Healing Center’s program services still require a little more tweaking to ensure we have the right grief programs in place, the right number of therapists to those support groups and that The Healing Center has a sustainable funding model.  Our new and highly engaged Board in addition to Chase are the right team to guide The Healing Center into the future.  You’ll be seeing more communications from Chase and we’ll be hosting an open house in the fall where our supporters will be able to meet him and the new board members.

Sadly, this will be my last note to you as Interim Board President.  It’s been a challenging, but extremely rewarding experience being able to help lead The Healing Center to where it’s at today.  Our board will be holding elections this summer and until then Kim Kelly along with a few other board members will be stepping up.  I’m not going far and will be joining The Healing Center’s Advisory Board.  I hope to see you all at our fall event, Oktoberfest on October 4th.

Please be well and I know our paths will cross again.

Aaron Reich
Board Member

Message from Chase Huffman, Executive Director

Today marks almost three weeks as the Executive Director of The Healing Center and I am excited to join this incredible organization.

My first few weeks have been spent learning about the strong community at The Healing Center that has been built by the staff, volunteers, and donors. This has been a powerful start to a great adventure.

As I continue to learn more about The Healing Center and meet members of our community, please feel free to reach out and say hello. I look forward to having the opportunity to connect with all of the members of our strong community and to dig into the opportunities and obstacles we face as an organization.

Over the coming weeks, I look forward to working with the staff to learn more about our great work and building ways to strengthen our community. I want to thank you for your continued and ongoing support of The Healing Center. I look forward to leading the team in driving our mission, living our values, and serving our communities every day.

In gratitude,

Chase Huffman

Client Spotlight: Jason Chu

What brought you to The Healing Center? 

January 1st, 2018 my wife, Alice, died of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed as stage III September 2016. All of her treatments (mastectomy, chemo, and radiation) were completed May 5th 2017 and we were hopeful about her recovery. In July 2017, she had pain in her shoulder blades that was a tumor in her liver. We started chemo treatment again, but the cancer was too aggressive. After a trip to Disneyland in early December, she was enrolled in hospice care and died at home the evening of New Year’s Day.

Our son Lucas was 2-3 during her cancer and probably doesn’t remember a time when his mom wasn’t sick. He’s 4 now and we both went to The Healing Center looking for help through our grieving process.

What has been most helpful about coming to The Healing Center for you and your family? 

Finding people who actually get it. Very few people truly understand what it’s like to have someone you love be with you one second, with all of the potential of the future stretching out ahead of you, and then the next second have all of it ripped away. When it happened to me I felt like one entire side of my body had been torn off and everything was exposed and raw to the world. Being able to just sit with a group of people who know that feeling is really helpful, even though none of us want anyone to ever feel that again.

My son, Lucas, benefits from Littles Group as well. He gets excited the whole week before group and loves every minute of being there. Afterwards he’s noticeably calmer and happier. We both regret it any time we miss a Littles Group!

Do you have any specific goals for yourself as you move from being involved with Early Group to Transition Group?

Now that I’m more than a year out, I’ve been able to rebuild parts of my life. I still feel like I’m running close to capacity, but have some breathing room. I have learned that it’s ok to depend on other people sometimes. As I move to Transition Group, I’m interested to find ways to continue growing as new challenges arise in the coming years.

What tools or ideas have you developed at The Healing Center which you find useful in daily life?

That each day comes with its own unique challenges. Some days will be easy and everything will go smoothly. Other days the big accomplishment is getting out of bed. I have learned to constantly remind myself of that and not be too self-critical when times are tough.

It’s also really helpful to remind myself that everyone grieves in their own way and time and there’s no wrong way to do it. Anyone who tells you otherwise should mind their own business.

Do you have anything new and exciting going on in your life that you’d like to share?

I’ve been dating someone who really loves Lucas and has a son of her own! We’re working out how to build our lives together.

Now for the hard-hitting questions: What is Lucas’ favorite thing to do or thing to play with at The Healing Center?

Lucas loves playing doctor and cooking in the kitchen with his friends are The Healing Center.

Volunteer Highlight: Tobin Langford

I came to volunteer at The Healing Center as a way to earn hours for the practicum in my Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. I was drawn to The Healing Center specifically because you had a group that was focused on serving seniors, The Memory Keepers group. After doing the training, I was moved by the mission of the organization and the methods used. I appreciated that they are pure support groups that really provide an opportunity for the group members to connect and support each other. It has been incredibly moving to watch members be open and vulnerable in sharing their experiences so that those around them feel less alone and have a chance to move through their own grief.

I did the majority of my volunteering with the Memory Keepers group and it was an honor to share space with them, to be allowed in on their journeys. Recently, I have volunteered with the Thursday Adult General Loss group. This has been a rich experience for me as an emerging mental health counselor to be reminded of the many ways grief can touch our lives. The members of this group are also incredibly open and generous in their support of one another, despite sometimes very different journeys. It has been truly humbling to witness the generosity of spirit in that group as well as the deep suffering they are working through. To bear witness to the members of each group face their grief and choose to give themselves the time and space to find community and support has been a gift for me.

As I begin my work in community mental health as a mental health counselor, I hope to keep with me the lessons of this experience. I will hold close to my grateful heart the lessons of community, vulnerability, resilience, self-acceptance, and humility. And I will leave room for a small flame in my heart that I will be able to volunteer again one day.

New Year, New Healing Center

Thanks to a generous grant from the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation, The Healing Center was able to spruce up our core adult programming spaces. The redesign was completed at the end of February, with no interruption in services. Our group members, volunteers and staff are loving the new spaces! Check out the before and after pictures below:


Available Clinical Director Position

About the Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We serve 400+ adults, young adults, teens and children who have experienced the death of a spouse/partner, parent, sibling, child, relative or friend.

  • We provide support and guidance on the grieving and healing process.
  • We offer individual support, as well as programs and activities where you can benefit from the community of people served by The Healing Center.
  • We provide an environment – supported by our community and staff – where you decide when to come, how to grieve, how long and how often you decide to receive services.

The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults and children alike; can meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so they can begin rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and find new meaning as they reinvest in life.

Clinical Director Job Description:

The Healing Center is seeking a Clinical Director to oversee its programs and clinical staff.  The Director will develop, plan, and implement strategies for program continuation and growth while providing clinical training to clinical staff, interns, and volunteer group facilitators.  The candidate must have a positive and supportive attitude and strong belief in The Healing Center’s mission and vision.  This role provides both clinical and personnel supervision of the clinical staff.  Must have the ability to think creatively, solve problems, have good decision-making skills, and like working with families and kids.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and oversee all aspects of the clinical programs demonstrated by setting program strategy goals and objectives that adhere to The Healing Center’s mission.
  • Provides direction to clinical staff in carrying out their individual responsibilities; applies regulations, policies, operational procedures, and objectives; reviews operations in assigned area to ensure high level of quality is consistent with organizational standards.
  • Provides strategic direction and leads the clinical team in meeting the overall objectives of the organization in support of the long term strategic plan of the Healing Center.
  • Develops and implements clinical goals and objectives within the organization and externally with all partners.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage change and organizational design.
  • Promotes effective communication interface, acts as liaison with administrative staff, and the Board to facilitate information-sharing, collaborative problem-solving and adequate provision of services.
  • Recruits and develops all team members and promotes a positive team culture and environment. Delegates appropriately and holds team members accountable.
  • Participates in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program for groups.
  • Provide coverage for group facilitation during therapist absence.
  • Provide outreach to schools and other organizations in need of response to a grief event in the community as needed.
  • Supervision of graduate-level practicum students and clinical supervision for program therapists.
  • Respond to clinical emergencies and volunteer/group member concerns, and assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed.
  • Maintain consistent contact with group members and guardians/caregivers, specifically those in need of additional support
  • Lead weekly clinical staff meetings/case consultation
  • Assess and create an identification and training plan for peer volunteers.
  • Ability to identify and build relationships with community partners and referral sources.
  • Work alongside administrative staff to plan and execute client events, including social events throughout the year.
  • Participate in fundraising and partner events throughout the year.

Qualifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, or Licensed Psychologist
  • Clinical Supervisor approved for Washington State
  • Five plus years of progressively responsible experience and staff supervision, including expertise transforming clinical staff into a high-performance team
  • Minimum of two post-graduate years working with children and families in a clinical setting
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Ability to provide presentations in the community
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of The Healing Center
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Experience with and working knowledge of grief and loss in children across the developmental span
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Compensation:

Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.


Contract Program Therapist (Part Time)

Part-Time Position(6-10 hours/week)

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Under the direction of the Clinical Director, the Contract Program Therapist is responsible for planning and facilitating open-ended grief support groups for children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This position collaborates with other program staff and volunteers on planning and implementing innovative grief support services in the Seattle area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intake assessments with potential clients
  • Facilitate open-ended grief support groups for children, teens, and adults
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteer co-facilitators
  • Provide outreach to schools and other community organizations in need of grief support
  • Assess for mental health concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed
  • Participate in broader Healing Center program activities including Ceremony of Remembrance, Oktoberfest, Annual Luncheon, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field
  • Group facilitation experience with children, teens and adults
  • Understanding of grief and loss across the lifespan
  • Proficiency in collaborating with team members
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Flexibility in schedule to include the potential for both evening and weekend hours

Compensation:

Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

About The Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief and helps individuals move through it and heal. We serve children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.


Contract Youth Program Therapist (Part Time)

Update (7/15/2019: This position has been filed. 

Part-Time Position (6-10 hours/week)

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Clinical Director, the Contract Youth Program Therapist is responsible for planning and facilitating open-ended grief support groups for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. This position collaborates with other program staff and volunteers on planning and implementing innovative grief support services in the Seattle area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create curriculum for children’s grief support groups and concurrent caregiver groups
  • Facilitate open-ended, child-centered grief support groups for children, teens, and their caregivers
  • Conduct briefing meetings with volunteers before each group and debriefing meetings after each group
  • Respond to clinical emergencies and volunteer/group member concerns
  • Maintain consistent contact with group member guardians/caregivers as needed
  • Assess for mental health and behavioral concerns among group members and take appropriate clinical action as needed
  • Participate in clinical staff meetings
  • Provide occasional sick/vacation coverage for adult group facilitators
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteer co-facilitators
  • Provide outreach to schools and other community organizations in need of grief support
  • Participate in planning and implementation of children’s program events including Summer Camp, Holiday party, Summer BBQ, May Walk, etc.
  • Participate in broader Healing Center program activities including Ceremony of Remembrance, Oktoberfest, Annual Luncheon, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other related field
  • Group facilitation experience with children, teens and adults
  • Facility in interacting with children in child-centered manner
  • Experience implementing therapeutic play techniques with children and teens
  • Experience with clinical interventions around behavior and mental health concerns in children
  • Understanding of grief and loss across the lifespan
  • Proficiency in collaborating with team members
  • Experience in training, recruiting, and managing volunteers
  • Understanding of and dedication to the mission of the Healing Center
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Flexibility in schedule to include the potential for both evening and weekend hours

Compensation:

Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

About The Healing Center:

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief and helps individuals move through it and heal. We serve children, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.


Holiday Closure

The Healing Center office will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd for the holidays. All groups during this time will be cancelled.

Adult groups will resume on January 2, 2018. Please note, our children’s programming will resume the week of January 21, 2018. Please refer to our Google calendar for a more detailed view of the cancellations.

If you have an emergency during this time, call 911 or the 24 hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.


December Newsletter

Board Update

How it moves so fast from fall to winter always baffles my mind. We are in full holiday swing at the Healing Center with the holiday party on December 6th for our group members and providing extra support during a very difficult time of year. It’s been a busy fall, just a few weeks ago the entire Board of Directors and staff came together for our first (and what will become) an annual retreat. As I mentioned last month, I want to share some of the specific goals we are working towards next year.

Our two big themes are building leadership and financial sustainability. On leadership, we will continue to add new board members and hire an Executive Director. Regarding financial sustainability, this is a priority for the board to make sure we continue to build our reserves and steward the organization for the future. These are the goals we are striving to achieve by June 2019:

• Hire an Executive Director
• Build an engaged, dynamic Board of Directors with a minimum of 12 members
• Gather feedback and implement recommendations on our programs (what we call our service delivery model)
• Over 1000 individuals receiving quality services measured by satisfaction surveys
• Establish new community partnerships to better serve our group members
• Shared core values, communication, and transparency leading to a more positive organizational culture

We have lots of work to do, but we’ve got great momentum and excellent leadership from our Board, Advisory Committee and Clinical and Operations Directors.

Since January 2018, we have served over 300 group participants. That’s 197 adults, 45 young adults, and 60 kids. We’ve seen extraordinary demand for our services. In 2017, we had 190 new people reach out to the Healing Center, January through November 2018, there have been over 375 new individuals and families seeking group support. We’ve never had this kind of demand.

If you can this holiday season, please think about The Healing Center and the support you have received. We’d love to be able to provide more group support hours. Please donate to give the gift of comfort and healing to an adult or child grieving the death of loved one.

I want to thank all of you who have helped to make this safe place possible: our donors, our volunteers, our dedicated staff and interns. Most of all I want to thank those of you who are grieving and who have trusted us to help ease your load. You are the reason we are here.

A group member shared in our recent feedback survey: “I had never been to a support group before my husband died. I was absolutely reeling, and the Healing Center gave me hope and a new perspective. It was amazing to be in the room with fellow survivors who I knew could understand my feelings and not judge me. I was safe to say anything.”

On behalf of the Board and Staff, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Aaron Reich
Board President

Holiday Party  & Potluck

Our annual holiday party and potluck was held on December 6th. The event was a chance for the Healing Center community to get together and celebrate the holidays in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to a delicious potluck, the children were paid a visit from Santa and received many gifts.

A big thank you to Toys for Kids, Rick Rizzs and Resa Moore for spreading holiday magic and providing toys for the children in our programs.

Client Spotlight: Sooz Appeal

What brought you to The Healing Center?
My life partner of 35 years died suddenly of a rip in his aorta while on a run in September of 2017. A good friend, whom The Healing Center had helped when her husband died, strongly suggested that I join the early Group. I’m glad she did.

What was helpful about coming to The Healing Center?
By far, the most helpful thing about early group is sharing what’s going on and listening to others. Especially in the early months after the loss, so many people say things which we receive as hurtful (even though that is not the intention) or insensitive or preachy or full of bad advice or downright offensive. When those events are shared, everyone feels the support and understanding, even though it is most often unspoken. There is a lot of trust that develops quickly in the group. I found I was able to share feelings and events with the early group that I hadn’t shared with even my closest friends.

Is there anything from group that is still helpful today?
When hard times arise, I can hear certain people’s words of comfort and support, reminders that there is no clear time frame or process that this grief takes. We all navigate this path in our own way, in our own time, and that’s okay. Also, I hear the laughter. Life–even in its darkest moments– can be humorous. We all have laughed a lot through our tears.

Is there anything currently happening in your life that you are proud of/is exciting?
Because of my personal circumstances, I’ve had to take charge of a huge clean-out process at my property. After nearly 15 months, we’re almost done. It’s been a lot of work and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. This clean-out has meant getting rid of my sweetie’s “treasures” which he spent decades collecting. But I know Bill would want me to be happy and to have a good life after he’s gone, overall it feels really good. Now that the clean up is coming to a close, I can continue to figure out what my life will be like moving forward-a daunting but also exciting challenge.

Volunteer Highlight: Linda Kemnitzer

How did you first hear about The Healing Center and how did you get involved in volunteering?
My husband John died November 9, 2013. The last week of his life he was in hospice care at our home. After he died I knew I needed help. I signed up for a six-week bereavement group with Hospice. At the last session the facilitator passed out a list of other places to go for bereavement help, The Healing Center was included on the list. I looked at the website and decided this might be a place for me to go to receive additional support.

I attended the Early Group for about a year. It was so wonderful to be in a room of people who “got” it. The facilitators and co-facilitators were so understanding and caring. Those of us in the group could share our pain and as we went along, also share some laughter and new accomplishments as we went through our struggle.

After attending the Transitions group for a few months I knew I wanted to give back so I started volunteering. Nothing too major at first. I’d help at events and do some office work. Eventually, I realized that I wanted to give to others what was given to me by the co-facilitators during my time as a client. That’s when I asked if I could train to be a co-facilitator.

How long have you volunteered with The Healing Center? What kind of volunteer work have you done for The Healing Center?
After attending the co-facilitators training, I participated in one of the client retreats. Eventually I started co-facilitating for the Adult General Loss and the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) groups. I continued volunteering at client and special events. I volunteered almost two years.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?
Five years is a long time to spend without your partner and the love of your life. John and I had many adventures. We were together for 34 years. I loved our life and our home in the Seattle area. After a while though I realized I was living our life alone and started wanting another adventure.

I have a dear friend that lives in the Houston area. I have visited her and her family many times over the years and I decided that I’d move to Crosby, TX. So far I am enjoying it. I bought a small home and I’m busily trying to get all my furnishings organized.

Without the help of all of the facilitators, co-facilitators, staff, and other volunteers, I would never have been strong enough to survive let alone make a big life decision to create a new adventure for myself. I’ve always believed the universe takes care of us and guides us if we allow it. I realize that I will never be the same person I was with John. I will always miss him and he will always be a part of the rest of my life. Being a part of The Healing Center, as a client and as a volunteer, helped me realize life goes on and I will be forever grateful.

Annual Report is Available

The Healing Center believes in transparency. We want you to know how we operate and how we spend our resources. Click here to view our newly released 2018 Annual Report.

If you have any questions about the annual report or financials, please contact us at hello@healingcenterseattle.org.

Holiday Closure

The Healing Center office will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd for the holidays. All groups during this time will be cancelled.

Adult groups will resume on January 2, 2018. Please note, our children’s programming will resume the week of January 21, 2018. Please refer to our Google calendar for a more detailed view of the cancellations.

Feel free to reach out to the office with any questions or concerns. If you have an emergency during this time, call 911 or the 24 hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.


Administrative & Development Coordinator Job Opening

Job Position:

Administrative & Development Coordinator, Part-Time – 24 hours per week 

Pay: $16.00 to $18.00 per hour

Job Description:

We’re looking for someone to provide administrative and development support to a small, but growing non-profit. Our administrative and development coordinator should thrive in a non-profit environment focused on serving others, enjoy tackling problems, and have a great track record for client service. This position requires the ability to adapt to change, to be a self-starter, to communicate clearly, and to be organized.

Administrative Core Responsibilities

* Handle all general office administrative tasks including answering phones, responding to general client email inquiries, and filing client and development paperwork

* Enter client related data (i.e. Contact information, group membership, attendance) and other data entry tasks with a high level of accuracy and efficiency

* Assist in data cleanup projects including, but not limited to, identifying and eliminating inaccurate data, record formatting, updating contact information etc.

* Update and maintain mailing lists in Constant Contact and Salesforce

* Update and maintain office calendar with staff meetings, office closing and special events

* Manage and order office and program supplies as needed

* Ensure a neat and orderly office environment

* Provide tours of the building to stakeholders as needed

Development Core Responsibilities

* Create timely and engaging donor acknowledgments for individual gifts, corporate giving, and special events.

* Participate in the production and distribution of donor communications, including direct mail appeals, emails, social media, newsletters and annual reports.

* Assist in maintaining donor and grant databases and files, including calendaring reporting deadlines, updating donor contact information, logging donor appreciation efforts etc

* Assist in the planning of special events; including assisting with creation of invitation lists, designing and printing event materials, and communicating with venue and vendors.

* May occasionally require weekend or evening work for special events (2-3 times a year).

Qualifications

* Commitment to our mission to serve grieving adults, children and families

* Provide fantastic customer service and build relationships with clients, volunteers and other stakeholders

* Ability to independently anticipate and identify problems/needs and solve and/or communicate them appropriately.

* Exceptional organizational skills, time management and attention to detail

* Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

* Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress, Canva, Constant Contact, and Salesforce


Executive Director Job Opening

The Healing Center serves the greater Puget Sound region in providing grief support to kids, adults, and families and is seeking an Executive Director to be responsible for leading revenue / fund raising efforts as well as oversee its programs and clinical staff. The Executive Director, working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and staff will develop, plan, and implement strategies for the growth, development and funding of the organization. The candidate must have a positive and supportive attitude and strong belief in the Healing Center’s mission and vision. This role currently provides personnel supervision of the Clinical Director and Operations Manager. Must have the ability to think creatively, solve problems, and have good decision-making skills and like working with donors, Board members, and a staff with diverse responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: The first 18 months of the job will be 75% fundraising and 25% Organizational Development

Fundraising:

• Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop, implement, and evaluate a new funding model for the Healing Center to grow our ability to help an ever-larger number of people.
• Identify future funding directions, new opportunities, and innovative strategies to increase revenue to serve The Healing Center’s mission.
• Prepare and execute an ongoing fundraising plan with the participation and support of staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers.
• Work with the Board and staff to raise funds necessary to establish long-term viability of The Healing Center

Board Management:

• Report to and assist the Board of Directors in carrying out all governance functions.
• Work with the existing Board members to facilitate and increase their level of participation and to increase board membership.
• Assist with onboarding and stewarding additional experienced Board members

Operations, Leadership and Management:

• Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
• Hire employees and consultants. Supports the professional development of staff.
• Manage the operations of the organization, including budget planning and fiscal responsibility.
• Ensure compliance with personnel policies and city, state and federal regulations and licenses.

Community Relations and Outreach:

• Represent The Healing Center in the larger non-profit and philanthropy communities, and with the news media.
• Establish sound working relationships and collaboration with community groups and organizations.
• Manage and create content for The Healing Center’s web site, social media, and newsletter that will create interest in our work.
• Plan and execute regular events to build awareness about the Healing Center.

Qualifications:

• Proven success in nonprofit fundraising 
• Passion for the mission of The Healing Center
• Entrepreneurial by nature; open to seizing opportunities, overcoming challenges, and thriving when dealing with complex and demanding situations
• Ability to offer visionary leadership through long-range strategic planning that builds upon The Healing Center’s existing programs and mission while adapting to new challenges and opportunities
• Outstanding writing, public speaking and media interaction skills
• An energetic disposition and ability to manage and maintain a professional yet fun work environment.
• Experience in supervising staff and knowledge of human resources practices
• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
• Must possess sound judgment; prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to details; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
• Demonstrated ability to work within a growing non-profit environment
• Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be non-judgmental of individual life-styles.
• Ability to work flexible hours.


Please Welcome Our New Clinical Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am very excited to introduce Caitlin Koch as our Clinical Director, managing our clinical programs and staff. Caitlin has a passion for journeying with children, adults and families through their grief experience. Her deep desire to promote resilience in those grieving the death of a loved one has evolved from witnessing profound growth in people bearing unthinkable pain. Caitlin has supported grieving individuals in various contexts, including work in palliative and hospice care as well as bereavement settings.

In addition to her Clinical Director role at The Healing Center, Caitlin is a Grief Support Counselor in Snohomish County. Caitlin’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in Child Life, and a master’s degree in social work. Professional affiliations include The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Association of Child Life Professionals, and the National Association of Social Workers. Most recently, she worked at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon.

Any additional questions can be directed to the Healing Center at hello@healingcenterseattle.org.


June Newsletter

Board Update

Photo: Brenda Alvarez, May 2018

One of my favorite national parks is Joshua Tree National Park in California.  There is just something about the desert and the stillness that I find restorative.  Joshua trees are fast growers for a desert climate and while it is top-heavy, it has an extensive and deep root system, expanding down and out to 36 feet.  It can survive for hundreds or even thousands of years.
The Healing Center just turned 18 and we’ve been in our little alley house for 13 years.  Like the Joshua trees, the
Healing Center has deep roots in the grief community and we are gearing up for what will be phenomenal 2018-2019 for us to thrive and grow.
Almost a year ago, The Healing Center Board of Directors made several leadership changes and put in an all-out effort to save The Healing Center. I’m happy to report The Healing Center is well on its way to many more years of helping those find healing with their grief.  We would not be here today without the tremendous support of you: our clients, donors, friends, family and broader community. I want to highlight what has been going on the past few months and what you can expect in the fall.
  • The Community of Hope Luncheon was our most successful luncheon event to date. We netted about $70,000. I want to thank our donors and our speakers; Travis Mayfield, Kath McCormack, Tom Hall and all our Healing Center storytellers. It was the most powerful program I have experienced in recent years. We’d love for you all to join us at our fall event, Oktoberfest on September 28th at Block 41. An official save the date will be sent this month.
  • We also participated in GiveBig on May 9th, raising almost $20,000. Thank you to everyone who donated during GiveBig this year.
  • On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Scott Rutledge for his 9 years of service as one of our therapists. Scott has decided to move on and we are going to miss him. Scott’s last day was May 31st.
  • The Healing Center is currently seeking a Clinical Director who will be the clinical leader for all our programs and therapists. This is a key position we have had vacant for almost a year.  We have several fantastic candidates that are currently going through our interview process. If you know of anyone, please reach out to jobs@healingcenterseattle.org.
  • I am excited to welcome four new board members and we can’t wait for you all to meet them! They just finished board orientation and are attending their first board meeting this month. Part of our continued success requires that we add new members and perspectives around grief to our community. We plan to add another small cohort of board members in the Fall.
  • The Healing Center will not be holding a summer camp for kids this year, but we will offer our children groups once a month. Click here to view our summer children group schedule. Our full schedule of children programming will return in October.
  • This summer the Board and our Advisory Committee will be spending time to plan and ensure the future sustainability of The Healing Center. You will receive a full report on our plans in the September newsletter. Part of our planning will involve reviewing your feedback from the client survey we launched in early June. This is the first survey we’ve done in a long time (over 3 years).
I want to thank everyone again for all your continued support. Please take time for yourself and family this summer and if you ever need anything or have concerns, just reach out to me (aaron@healingcenterseattle.org) or the board ( board@healingcenterseattle.org).
Be well,
Aaron Reich
Interim Board President

Welcome our New Board Members

Alison Howard

Alison Howard is an assistant general counsel at Microsoft and specializes in privacy law.  Alison’s husband, Clint Chase, died on November 25, 2015, while they were mountain-climbing in Ecuador.  She is a client of the Healing Center and grateful for the early group and transition group for invaluable help with her grief.

Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann is an Executive Vice President at Edelman, and is an accomplished communications marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology, corporate and crisis communications, brand and positioning, product PR, digital marketing and social media, corporate social responsibility, television production and promotions. Amy’s husband of 29 years, Eric Friedman, passed away October, 2015 suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55. Amy was a participant in the Early Group at the Healing Center.

Julie Arguez

Julie Arguez is a clinical social worker in private practice working with children, teens and adults in the Seattle area with a specialty in grief and loss.  She is an adjunct faculty member at the school of Social Work at the University of Washington and has a strong commitment to robust grief support services for the Seattle community.

Maygan Wurzer

Maygan Wurzer is the Founder & Director of All That Dance, a Seattle dance studio which has grown from a small business to the largest dance school in the state of Washington since its opening 23 years ago. All That Dance offers comprehensive, body positive dance education in many different dance genres for students ages two years old through adult. Building on her experience as a public school educator, Maygan has helped develop curriculum for the many different styles of dance offered at All That Dance and has grown her staff to include over 20 of the city’s best dance educators.
Maygan’s proudest accomplishments are two amazing teenage boys. She is a former client at the Healing Center having attended Early Group, Transitions, and Perspectives after her husband died in 2012.

Scott’s Departure

After almost 9 years with The Healing Center, Scott Rutledge, one of our therapists, left The Healing Center at the end of May. Scott has helped hundreds of individuals through the some of the most difficult times in their lives and we are grateful for all that he has done for us over the years. We wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors!

Client Spotlight: Katherine Buhl

I began attending the Young Adult Group following the suicide of my twenty-two-year-old brother in 2013. I was an eighteen-year-old freshman attending Seattle University at the time. A fourth-year student suggested I attend the Young Adult Group at The Healing Center and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Joining the Healing Center community connected me with  people who could understand my grief and were going through similar struggles. Prior to joining The Healing Center community, I felt very alone in my grief. One notable message I received in every group, one that I continue to remind myself of, is the importance of practicing self-care.
It’s been a little over five years since I first walked into the Healing Center. I am currently a post baccalaureate student attending Washington State University, pursuing my dream of becoming a physician. It will be a long journey, but I know with hard work, persistence, and the continued practice of self-care, I will reach my goal.

Volunteer Spotlight: Diana Stoll

How did you first hear about The Healing Center and how did you get involved in volunteering?
My volunteering is a very personal and private thing for me, so it’s difficult for me to answer this.
In May 2007, my brother David died by suicide. I was living in California at the time, and I found a local grief support group, which was the most helpful thing to me in processing my grief.  I knew that when I felt ready and strong enough, that I wanted to help others in the way that this group helped me.
My husband and I moved to the Seattle area in 2012. I was ready to “give back,” and so I searched and found The Healing Center.
I volunteer because it is my way of expressing gratitude for the help and support I received when I needed it. I also see it as a part of my brother’s legacy:  every person I meet at the Healing Center is someone I know because of him. If I am able to help someone in his or her grief, even in the slightest way, that good energy comes from David. It’s my way of keeping him a very real and active part of my life.
How long have you volunteered with The Healing Center?
I believe I started volunteering at The Healing Center in late 2012 or early 2013.
What kind of volunteer work have you done for The Healing Center?
For a while, I helped out in the office one afternoon each week.  My Newfoundland, Glory, and I were a Therapy Dog team before she “retired,” and we visited with the kids’ group, Healing Club 4-5-6. Currently, I’m a co-facilitator for the Young Adult Group.
Is there any additional information you would like to share?  Any interesting hobbies or facts?
I am a full-time dog mom!  My two dogs, Shaftoe and Glory, are elderly now and require a great deal of my time and attention, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My husband and my dogs are my favorite creatures in this world, and our life together here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest gives me great joy.

Community of Hope Luncheon

On May 3rd The Healing Center held our 2018 Community of Hope Luncheon. This was our most successful luncheon to date, raising around $70,000. Our event was hosted by Travis Mayfield of Q13 Fox News. The program included an introduction by our founder, Kath McCormack, a keynote presentation from Tom Hall and a chance for some of our current and former group participants to share their story with our guests. Thank you to all of our guests, donors and volunteers who helped to make this event a success.