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OPACC was established in 1995 and supports families of children with cancer throughout Ontario through our in-hospital Parent Liaison program, which provides non-medical, peer-to-peer and virtual support and financial assistance; by establishing local parent support groups in communities throughout the Province; and by advocating on issues of importance to childhood cancer families.
National Marriage Seminars is an organization who provides help for pre-marital couples and marriages, as well as, state of the art training for mental health professionals, students, clergy, and other health care providers. We organize, execute and coordinate events from pre-marital one-day workshops, couples weekend retreats, marriage intensives, and Gottman Institute Level 1, 2 and 3 Workshops. For more information email us or visit our website.
Kids & Art Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cancer care by focusing on the whole child in treatment by including healing through arts in their protocol. We seek to improve wellbeing during treatment, as survivors, and in bereavement. Together we use art to heal, empower, encourage, and create memorable experiences. Kids & Art supports the psychosocial and emotional well-being of the patient and their family as they face their cancer journey. We collaborate with professional artists to provide weekly art workshops in the pediatric oncology waiting rooms at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Hospital at no cost to the participants. Until COVID-19 we offered monthly one-of-a-kind two-hour art experiences at unique venues for children with cancer and their care circles. We have redesigned our programs to offer live online weekly Virtual Art Workshops through Zoom enabling us to extend our reach to families in these uncertain times.
The Kettle Society supports people with mental illness to lead healthier lives.
We do this by:
* Providing housing, employment, advocacy and support services;
* Raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down the stigma and barriers for people with mental illness, and
* Promoting inclusion of people living with mental illness in all aspects of society.
Open to Hope ® is a non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.
The Open to Hope Mission:
Helping people find hope after loss.
To provide an online forum to support people who have experienced loss: to help them cope with their pain, heal their grief and invest in their future.
OpentoHope.com is an online website where people can share inspirational stories of loss and love. We encourage our visitors to read, listen and share their stories of hope and compassion.
As an international resource with attendees from around the globe, our couples & marriage workshops, professional trainings and seminars are taught by Senior Gottman Certified Therapists and Workshop Leaders. “The Art & SCIENCE of Love” weekend couples retreats presented in boutique venues are located in top travel destinations. Our professional workshops for Gottman-Method Couples Therapy provide all three levels of education in the certification tract and are presented in a California Wine Country setting. Limited seating - CEUs available for all workshops.
Julie Maida has been in abstinence-based recovery since May of 2000, and has worked in the field of addiction since. In 2012, after the birth of her youngest son, she battled a severe bout of postpartum depression, OCD, and agoraphobia; which made it impossible for her to keep up with her 12 step recovery responsibilities.
Julie realized how much recovery support can often depend on regular meeting attendance, and how lonely it can feel without such support. She started thinking about women who, for whatever personal reasons, choose not to attend 12 step meetings or do not practice complete abstinence. She wondered if they felt as lonely in their process as she did at that moment.
In May of 2013, she “came out” about her personal recovery in a post titled I Got Sober Today. The post received an incredible response, and alerted Julie to the need for a supportive, judgment-free community for moms in and contemplating recovery.
Julie believes ALL women deserve to have a supportive and encouraging tribe. She created Sober Mommies to connect women with a diverse, inclusive community and to help moms build their personal recovery tribe.
The members of Sober Mommies understand the unique struggle, guilt and shame often associated where substance use/abuse and motherhood collide. Sober Mommies offers a platform for sharing stories, promoting identification and self-forgiveness, and an opportunity to receive and provide peer-to-peer support and mentorship.
When it comes to dealing with grief, it can be a challenge to find the resources we need to educate ourselves and our loved ones on what is happening and how to best keep going forward.
Having been down this road, we want to give back. We want to reach out to those who are earlier on this road. We cannot make your pain go away, nor can we provide answers for you. What we can do is help you to find the tools that you need to work through your grief journey. Thus was born The Grief Toolbox. The Grief Toolbox is an ambitious project. Its goal is to be an all-encompassing place for grief tools: a singular area where a person can find all the resources they need to help them with that grief that neither time nor money can solve.
We here at the Grief Toolbox understand that needs change as we go from the raw encompassing pain of the first year to the stark reality of the second year, and then to the growth and reinventing ourselves of the middle years to the acceptance and blessing that now coexists with the pain and love that will always be a part of our life.
Grief, in our opinion, falls into two categories: grief that can be solved with time or money, and grief that can not be solved. If you leave your favorite coat on a plane, with time and money you can replace it and the grief will slowly fade. However, with the loss of a loved one - whether a spouse, a parent, a child or a sibling - no time and no amount of money will make this grief go away.
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Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) is a human service organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, headquartered in Utah, that brings the gift of animal companionship and interaction to people in need. Our mission is to enhance quality of life through the human/animal bond. Our volunteers (people and their own pets) make regular visits to those who are physically or developmentally disabled, emotionally or psychologically impaired, lonely or suffering from depression. All services are free of charge to both client and facility.
ITA therapy animals and their handlers are screened, trained, licensed and insured to participate in animal-assisted interactions (AAI), which may be either animal-assisted activities (AAA) or animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Successful teams have completed both health and temperament screening and volunteer training.
Serving our communities since 1993, we are one of the largest groups of our kind in the United States, with more than 350 volunteer teams doing animal-assisted therapy at more than 100 hospitals, counseling centers, nursing facilities, detention homes, extended care centers, and schools. Chapters of ITA now thrive in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Kentucky. We also have affiliated colleague groups in 13 additional states.
We are also the founders of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®), a literacy support program to foster in children the love of books and the reading environment. R.E.A.D. has spread throughout all 50 of the United States and at least 15 other countries since we launched it in 1999.