Healing Center Update

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May 25, 2017                                                             


Jen McCormick, Clinical Director for The Healing Center Seattle, will be leaving the organization during the 2017 Summer, after four years where she helped bring community-wide awareness and provided support for families in grief.

Jen has had a direct hand in helping over 400 individuals and families navigate their grief journey, bringing strength and guidance to those in the greater Seattle area.  Through her work leading kids’ groups at The Healing Center and outreach in the community at local schools, Jen has made The Healing Center a safe, comfortable environment for those in need.  She has had direct responsibility for growing the number of groups and programs and for establishing The Healing Center as a gathering place. “The main philosophy of the center idea is to get people in a room together that understand what they are all going through,” Jen says. “Outside of here, they may not be able to talk about it.”

The Healing Center is incredibly grateful for her tremendous support and we know our programs and families are stronger because of her leadership.  The Healing Center is excited for Jen’s next chapter as she will continue to work within the community with children in grief and trauma as well as starting her own private practice.

The Board and Executive Director are working closely with Jen during the transition to hire and train a new Clinical Director, so it will be seamless for all our individuals and families.  Please do not hesitate to contact us (info@healingcenterseattle.org) with comments or concerns.

About The Healing Center

The Healing Center offers a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping individuals and families to move through it and heal. They serve adults, young adults, and children who have experienced the premature death of a spouse/partner, parent, or sibling.  The Healing Center provides an environment – supported by their community and staff – where individuals and families decide when to come, how to grieve, or how long or how often to receive services.

Grief and the Changing Seasons

With Spring just around the corner, Jen McCormick talked with Q13 Fox about how the changing seasons impacts grief. As the days get longer and the sun comes out it can be challenging for people who are grieving to see those around them feel better, more energized, and active. Jen also emphasizes that with each new season brings new memories of the person who died. Entering a season that usually brought special activities with the person who died and realizing that person is gone and you can’t do those things can bring intense emotions.

To watch the video and learn more about the ways grief impacts us, click here.

Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Safe Crossings Foundation is proud to present the 2017 Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief. We hope you will join us for this one-day symposium of deep learning, sharing of best practices, and networking with colleagues.

The cost to attend is $125, and we have a limited number of student tickets available at $100 each.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

7:30am – 8:00am     Registration and continental breakfast
8:00am – 5:15pm     Symposium programs (including lunch)
5:15pm – 6:30pm     Networking reception

Pacific Tower
1200 12th Avenue South
Seattle, WA  98144

For more information and to register click here.

Join us for Oktoberfest!

2016 Invite for Web

Please Join Us for our Annual Fall Celebration to Benefit our Grief Community @ The Healing Center

When: Friday, October 14th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Caffe Vita Bean Room – 1005 E Pike St Seattle, WA 98122

We’re so excited to present our 2016 Oktoberfest!

  • We’ll have fine beer and wine
  • Fred Northup will lead us through a lively auction and special appeal – he’s worth the price of the ticket!
  • Most important of all will be stories and moments of gratitude from our clients

We only have 200 tickets to sell, so please register today to guarantee your spot.

Tickets are $100 per person and $1000 per table of 10.

If you would like us to register you or any of your guests, we are happy to help. For this, or any other assistance, please contact Cindy Burdell at 206-523-1206, or cindyb@healingcenterseattle.org

If you cannot attend Oktoberfest because you are in Bora Bora or Biarritz and you would like to support our services, or if you would like to submit a Memorial Sponsorship please donate online here.

If you prefer, a check made payable to The Healing Center can be sent to 6409 1/2 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

GiveBig 2016

300x600_GIVEBIG-PROMOGive Big! – WE HAVE A $10,000 MATCH!  

Thanks to one of our generous and long-time supporters, The Healing Center has the opportunity to leverage your GiveBig gifts with a $10,000 match. We encourage new and larger donations to bolster our contributions this year so we can MEET THE MATCH! Please join us to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, donate here!
We’re planning a festive Open House at The Healing Center on GiveBig Day – May 3. Please drop in from 11 – 3 for tea, cookies and a tour! We’d love to see you.

May Walk 2016

Please join us on Saturday, May 21st at Genesee Park and Playfield from 10 am-2 pm for our 7th annual May Walk. It’s a fundraising walk to sustain and grow our programs. At the same it its a chance for our clients (and their friends and families) to remember and celebrate their loved ones who have died.

Feel free to put together a team or come join an existing team. All are welcome. Click here to visit the 2016 May Walk website and register.

If you’d like to give your input or be involved in some other way, please email Development Manager Brittney: brittneyr@healingcenterseattle.org

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Board of Directors Opportunities

Help Build a Community of Hope

January 2016

The Healing Center is actively seeking passionate and experienced board members
to help guide the growth of our organization.

About The Healing Center

The Healing Center is a place to help people who have experienced the premature death of a spouse or partner, parent, or sibling. We provide peer support groups for all age groups, providing a space where people can be with others who have shared a similar experience, and learn to integrate their grief into their lives by gaining practical and emotional coping skills.THC_image 1

We have operated in Seattle for more than 15 years, and we serve children, adults and families from King County. We are the only organization in King County which offers peer support groups for as long as our clients need them. Offering this space for individuals and families is an essential community service: our clients, staff, board members and volunteers hope to mitigate the stigma associated with death and suicide.

Growing Our Board of Directors

We currently serve more than 400 people each year, but we know that the unmet need for our services is much greater. To this end, The Healing Center is thoughtfully developing our capacity to serve more clients. Our vision is to reach everyone in King County who needs a safe place to grieve, to heal and to find support.

Building our board is a critical step to reaching this goal. Board members oversee the strategic growth of the organization and help to raise money so we can realize our vision. We are looking to broaden the expertise of our board, adding in new energy and new skills to get this important work done.

The Healing Center Needs People Like You

Our board is a community of caring people working together to make a real difference in the lives of those who have experienced trauma. As a board member, you will be part of a lively, respectful and committed team. For some board members, serving is an opportunity to “give back” because they personally know how important support can be after a trauma. For others, it is simply an expression of their compassion and a way to get involved and make positive change in their community.

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The Skills We Are Seeking

We are in search of people with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. You might be a great Healing Center board member if:

  • You want to affect the lives of people who have experienced grief and loss
  • You have time the time and energy to spend 6+ hours a month volunteering
  • You have experience with fundraising and community building
  • You have previous experience or skills in one or more of the following areas:
    • Previous leadership experience on another non-profit board
    • Excellent connections in the business community, or to other influential community builders
    • Finance or accounting background or skills
    • Experience in a particular industry such as: marketing and PR, insurance, estate planning, IT or web development, and construction.

Board Expectations

Board member are expected to spend 6-10 hours a month on board work. This includes attending a monthly board meeting, participating in committee or task force work such as fundraising or expansion planning, attending events for fundraising community building events, and generally acting as an ambassador for The Healing Center in the community. Board members make a commitment to serve for a minimum of 2 years.

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More Information

Please email boardcandidates@healingcenterseattle.org to learn more about this board opportunity. We will be happy to send you a more detailed job description, application, and answer any questions you may have. Interested candidates should complete the simple application and will be interviewed by our Recruiting Team. The application deadline is March 15, 2016; board terms will begin in late spring 2016. For more information about the Healing Center’s programs, please visit www.healingcenterseattle.org.

Upcoming Events

2017 Healing Center Events

Healing Hearts Reception – February

A night for clients to showcase their artistic ways of expressing grief, client only event.

3rd Annual Luncheon – March 10th

Join us at The Westin to learn more about our mission and support our programs.