We have openings at our west side location for all volunteer positions! If you have a New Year resolution to be more involved in your community, then join our facilitator training in January!
We are expanding our peer-based grief support groups to the west side of Indy! Beginning in January 2018, we will be offering support groups on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Westside Church, 8610 West 10th Street! Please share our good news as this is our first expansion in 19 years of serving grieving children and their families!!
Our friends at Watermark are so amazing! Thank you to all the Watermark volunteers who came to program night tonight to create such a special evening for our Brooke's Place kiddos! And thank you Watermark for your sponsorship of this program! Click here for more information about The Watermark Group
We are so blessed by our partnership with you!
The first dead body I ever saw was at the nursing home I worked at in high school. It was my first week there, and needless to say I was NOT prepared for it. Most of my favorite residents passed on before I left for college. That experience helped shape the person I've become.
I think it prepared me to be able to hold the hand of my very best friend in her last days. To sing to her and tell her how very much I loved her, and to not look away even though it hurt, even though I was scared. I brought my son to see her too, because I knew it was important for them to spend time together. We visited often enough in the couple of months she was there that he still calls it "Tina's Hospital" when we drive by.
Wally and I didn't get that time with my husband, Joe. He died suddenly, unexpectedly, and we weren't there to say goodbye. Wally didn't get to tell his daddy he loved him or hold his hand. In one phone call I became a widow, and I had to figure out how I was going to tell our boy his daddy was dead.
Brooke's Place volunteers and outreach staff were hard at work this summer promoting our grief support services at the following events:
- TABLE TALK @ Faith Hope Love- Networking opportunity with churches and food pantries in underserved communities.
- IndyHeartbeat Collaborative (Indiana University)- Event focused on youth violence prevention.
- Nonviolence & Community Empowerment Festival hosted by No BOBS (No Black on Black Slayings)
- 2nd Annual Arts and Music in the Park -mental health and suicide prevention awareness
- Mathew McGee vigil
- Out of the Darkness Walk (Suicide Prevention)
- 2017 Goldsplash - Raise awareness for pediatric cancer
On August 11, Brooke's Place held a celebration to thank our dedicated volunteers for all that they give so selflessly to our children and families. In 2016, Brooke's Place volunteers donated a total of 6,648 volunteer hours! We are incredibly grateful to all 158 volunteers who make our programs happen each and every week! Jill Pierce, Coordinator of Program Volunteers, does a phenomenal job in her work with our volunteers.
Thank you to George's Neighborhood Grill for hosting us!
Brooke's Place was thrilled to be selected by the Indianapolis Colts' Offensive Tackle, Anthony Castonzo, to receive a Colts Community Ticket Block for the third year in a row. Three Brooke's Place families attended the Colts game on August 31, while also enjoying meal vouchers, Colts swag and a visit down on the field! We are so grateful to Anthony, the Colts, and all our friends of Brooke's Place who provided special opportunities like these for fun and memorable family experiences amidst the pain of grief.
Thank you, Anthony, and GO COLTS!
We are incredibly excited and honored to announce that Camp Healing Tree is now a program at Brooke's Place! We have been partners for many years serving grieving children in central Indiana, and we are now combining our efforts and resources to make Camp Healing Tree AND Brooke's Place even BETTER!
Thank you to the Camp Healing Tree Supervisory Board for this beautiful gift and for your years of dedication to grieving children.
The Brooke's Place office moved at the end of April! Come see our new home and check out our new signage on the building!
Our new location is 8935 North Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.
Support groups will still be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
"My Family was shocked with the sudden and unexpected loss of my wife and mother of my children. The Agape program was absolutely priceless for myself and my children. Once my children knew horses were involved there was no turning back.
All three of my children ages 11, 10 and 7 were all born in Houston, Texas. Yet, we would all be defined as “city slickers or at the least suburban slickers”. The oldest requested Texas ranch style horse riding birthday parties for at least three in a row. All my children love horses. I know the loss of my wife and the loss of the kid’s mommy made us feel helpless and that we are in control of nothing.
This program empowers the kids to understand the importance of communication, caring for one another, and gain a new appreciation for our new family unit. The group simply illustrates how sharing our feelings and thoughts with each other every day is so much part of the process.
Watching my children jump right in and lean to lead a 1700 lbs. horse, learn to groom and care for a horse as a team was awesome. These task skills were then related to the family loss and how to make our needs known to each other. It was a very concrete message and tangible event for the kids and myself in a time that makes no sense at all. Aiden (11) loves telling about how he learned to harness the horses and lead the horses from their stalls for grooming. He especially enjoyed leading the horses on simple walks and complex obstacles. Avery (9) shares that her favorite part was brushing the horses’ long manes because it helped to get dirt off the pretty horses. Landen (7) shares that he liked learning about the grooming tools and being able to touch the horses and use big circle movements to comb the horse’s body. Memories and healing made possible through the people and amazing horses at Agape."
- Craig Davis
This video was created by the kids at Brooke's Place during National Children's Grief Awareness Week.