Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center offers free camp for grieving children and teens
From press release
Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center and The Moyer Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, announced the opening of Camp Erin Chicago/Northern Illinois, a camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The camp will take place July 8-11 at Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, Wis., about one hour northeast of Rockford.
Camp Erin Chicago/Northern Illinois, a four-day, three-night experience filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support, is offered free to all families. Transportation will be provided from Rockford to Camp Erin and back. The deadline for camper registrations is May 29.
Camp Erin Chicago/Northern Illinois is facilitated through a partnership with The Moyer Foundation and Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center. The Moyer Foundation partners with healthcare and bereavement organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin nationwide. These efforts are made possible through the Foundation’s Campaign for Kids, a nationwide fund-raising effort to help establish as many as 60 camps including one camp in every Major League Baseball city. Camp Erin is the largest bereavement camp in the country, with 36 camps in 23 states and one in Canada.
According to U.S. Census Reports, more than 32,000 children between the Rockford and metro Chicago areas have suffered the loss of a family member. Research indicates that without proper support, these children face much higher risks for problems such as emotional difficulties/problems and substance abuse. Camp Erin teaches children healthy ways to cope with grief and provides resources for children to use during and after camp.
Bereavement experts and trained volunteers from Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center will facilitate the camp experience. Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center has offered summer grief camps for youth since 1992.
“Camp Erin addresses the needs of grieving children by decreasing their sense of isolation and normalizing their experiences and feelings,” said Cindy Brown, director of the Grief Center of Northern Illinois Hospice. “We look forward to working together with The Moyer Foundation to bring Camp Erin to children and teens in our community.”
The Moyer Foundation also works with more than 100 Camp Erin Advocates and Supporters–national bereavement experts, celebrities and professional athletes–to help raise awareness and funds for Camp Erin.
“My wife Karen and I are grateful to everyone who is getting involved to help support Camp Erin in their local communities and on a national level, bringing this much-needed service to more children in more cities each year,” said Jamie Moyer, co-founder of The Moyer Foundation.
For more information on Camp Erin Chicago/Northern Illinois, visit www.northernillinoishospice.org or call (815) 398-0500.
For more information on Camp Erin locations, ways to get involved with the program, and general information about The Moyer Foundation, visit www.MoyerFoundation.org.
From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue
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