Children’s Grief Center, Great Lakes Bay Region, awarded $16,500 grant

Children’s Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region was recently awarded a $16,500 Hemlock Semiconductor grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation under the focus area of Caring for our People.These funds will be used to support the center’s in-school daytime peer support program.

Children’s Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region provides a healing environment through peer support for children, teens and their families who are grieving a death. Programming is available in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties, but the agency also serves families and schools from 13 counties across and beyond the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Children and teens ages 4 to 18 participate in evening peer support groups at one of the three locations, which include a meal, age-appropriate conversations on coping skills, crafts, high-energy play and a closing talk. Programming provided to schools during the day is done in a similar format on a smaller scale.

“We are very grateful for this generous grant from Hemlock Semiconductor and the opportunity it will provide our daytime in-school peer support groups. With the growth we have had, these resources will help tremendously to provide books and supplies for the increasing participation across the region,” Children’s Grief Center Executive Director Chris Sabourin said.

The Midland Area Community Foundation exists to cultivate the power of giving within our community, support long-term transformation, and help ensure all residents thrive.