Established in 1993, The Sharing Place provides a safe space for children, teens, and their parents or caretakers to express their emotions and work through the grieving process.
Grief support groups are determined by age and circumstance. Still, all allow participants to acknowledge grief, connect with others in similar situations, and express themselves through art, play, music, and discussion.
The Sharing Place does not charge clients for its services.
It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is solely supported by donations from participating families, businesses, individual donors, and foundations.
However, families participating in the program are asked to make a confidential monthly pledge based on what they can afford to contribute. There is no minimum requirement and is solely up to the family's discretion.
Additionally, The Sharing Place does not accept insurance or qualify for flexible spending reimbursement since it provides complete confidentiality and doesn't provide diagnoses.
The Sharing Place supports children (ages 3–12), teens (ages 13–18), and adults. The grief support groups meet twice a month for 90 minutes per session. The groups are organized by age and circumstance.
The Children's and Teen groups are encouraged to express their feelings through various mediums and venues.
The Adult group is designed to help parents or caretakers with emotional and social support. You must enroll a child in The Sharing Place program to participate in the adult group sessions.
If you are looking to give back to the community or for volunteer work, The Sharing Place needs support group volunteers.
Volunteers do not need a background in psychology or working with children. Volunteers may help with the following:
Volunteers must be 18 years old and pass a criminal background check. Additionally, volunteers must be willing to serve for at least 10 months and participate in the volunteer training program.
Although The Sharing Place would like to take in all those who are grieving, the organization can only take on so many clients at a time.
The website states, "if there isn't space available in an age-appropriate group, you will be placed on a waiting list."
Time spent on the waitlist will vary depending on the client's age and the number of participants currently enrolled in the program. The Sharing Place does not set an exact time limit on its services, which could mean those on the waiting list could be waiting for weeks or months.
However, all placement decisions will be discussed during the initial consultation with the Program Director.