2018 has been an amazing year at Brooke’s Place! Because we know there are approximately 73,000 grieving children in central Indiana, or 1 in every 12 children, in 2018, we have been actively working to grow our services by expanding how and where our programs are offered. This year, we have made substantial strides across all of our programs, including the following:
*New Grief Support Group Program: On January 16, 2018, Brooke’s Place began serving children and families at an additional ongoing grief support group location on the westside, bringing our total number of grief support group program nights to five. This support group program takes place at the Westside Church of the Nazarene. We are currently serving 59 children and adults at this location, and we have room to grow as we recruit more volunteers to serve even more grieving children. Currently, all five programs are collectively serving 420 individuals.
*BP8: Launched in 2015, BP8 continues to grow. This 8-week, peer-based grief support group program is provided on-site at community partner locations. This year, we served children, teens, and young adults across 19 different short-term programs. We have also added the capacity to provide support groups for the adults that care for our BP8 kids, teens, and young adults.
*Therapy Services: Since 2008, our individual and family therapy services program has continued to flourish. We have increased the number of therapy sessions per month by more than 50% over last year, providing an average of 141 sessions per month to date in 2018.
*Camp Healing Tree: This year, Camp Healing Tree, a weekend long camp for grieving children, became a formal part of Brooke’s Place. We are so pleased to be able to offer one more tried-and-true program aimed at supporting grieving families in central Indiana.
*You are Not Alone: We have been working with several 12 to 14 year-olds to publish a collection of diverse stories written by grieving teens, for grieving teens. We are excited to announce that the book, entitled “You Are Not Alone: Stories of Loss, Grief, Healing and Remembrance”, will be available in the spring of 2019! We are incredibly grateful that the book’s foreword was written by the New York Times’ best-selling author John Green.
Just a few weeks ago, a twelve old boy who attends Brooke’s Place told us that Brooke’s Place feels like the “safest place on earth”. As we look to 2019 and beyond, these words inspire us to continue to grow our services and work tirelessly toward our mission of providing support groups, therapy services and community education to grieving families. We know that none of this would be possible without the support of dedicated advocates like you; and, this holiday season, we are so incredibly grateful for you!
Customers do NOT need to bring in a flyer, but you DO need to mention the Brooke's Place Fundraiser to ensure that 20% of your order goes to support our mission. If ordering online, simply add a note to the order mentioning the fundraiser for Brooke's Place. The fundraiser applies only on the first Monday of each month.
Please note: this fundraiser is only available through the HotBox location mentioned below.
We are grateful to our friends at HotBox Pizza for their passionate support of Brooke's Place!
The Hoosier Cup golf tournament celebrated its 15th year this Memorial Day weekend! We are so thankful to Will McClave and his friends for their generous spirit and continued support as they donate their proceeds to our organization! You gentlemen are truly inspiring!
The Brosius Family Remembers
Brooke's Place has been an amazing program for my children and I after we lost my husband unexpectedly on March 3, 2016 at the Taste of Carmel. My husband, Brian, was a great dad, husband and friend to many. His smile was infectious and some of the stories and jokes he would tell would bring you to tears with laughter. He was in the Air Force and fought for our country in the Gulf War. After his passing he was able to save over 50 people in 30 states including Canada with his gift of organ donation. His tissue helped burn victims and his arteries were used to help cancer patients.
I do not know what we would have done without the support of Brooke's Place and all of the facilitators, volunteers and fellow families over these past 2 years. We absolutely love the activities like Walking for Dreams and picnics that Brooke's Place puts on as a way to join us together in the grief journey. I know for some people they will make life long friends, for the children, it is a comfort knowing that they are not alone. That there are other children who have lost loved ones. Every story is different, but all share in the grief.
Brooke's Place is so excited to be selected by the employees of FORUM Credit Union as the Charity of Choice for 2018! Throughout 2018, we will have the wonderful opportunity to work alongside their employees as they volunteer and provide support to our children and families. We will be sharing ongoing stories of their incredible dedication and impact throughout 2018. Thank you FORUM Credit Union for your continued focus and mission of helping others achieve their dreams! Your kindness and generosity are so appreciated and we are very grateful.
Thank you to our board member, Lori Winkler, for making the introduction and for always being a champion of our mission.
They began their year of philanthropy by sponsoring a Spring Duck Chuck at their corporate offices.
Click on the video below to see the fun they had while supporting Brooke's Place!
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.
"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