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Weekly on Monday, Wednesday at 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM from April 28, 2014 until May 21, 2014
Erin’s House for Grieving Children is scheduling volunteer interviews for their upcoming April Training session. Training kicks off with an orientation on Monday, April 28th at 5:30 p.m. and will be held during a series of Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. April 30th through May 21st.
Erin’s House provides support services for children, teens and their families that have suffered the death of a loved one. With a small fulltime staff, Erin’s House relies primarily on trained volunteers to fill critical roles that are essential to the mission of the organization. Erin’s House has two core volunteer roles; Group Facilitator and House Parent for which Roemke coordinates interviews, training and role placement.
The Group Facilitator undergoes a thorough interview process prior to being invited to become a member of the next Erin’s House training class. After completing approximately 20 hours of training, graduates are partnered with an experienced group facilitator in one of the peer support groups that are grouped according to developmental ages. Group Facilitators are required to commit to a minimum of one-year of service in the role; this provides an added layer of consistency for the children and teens whose lives have already experience a significant change.
Debbie Meyer, Executive Director of Erin’s House, believes that the volunteers are integral to the success of the organization. “If we had to pay an hourly wage to each individual that facilitates our peer support groups, we would only help a fraction of the people we do today.” Each month nearly 450 individuals come through the doors of Erin’s House to participate in groups and take advantage of the many services offered. Last year alone, we provided support to nearly 16,000 individuals; this includes our peer support groups, crisis response teams, in-school programming and community education and presentations. “And because people volunteer and donate monetarily, we are able to offer all of our programs and services at no cost to the children, teens and families that need them,” said Meyer.
House Parents serve as the host for each evening at Erin’s House. On a typical program night, a family meal is served, consisting of pizza and birthday cake. Research has shown that when a death occurs in a family, coming back around a dinner table when there is a missing family member can be very difficult and often avoided. Erin’s House strives to help families reenergize the family cohesiveness by creating a new normal that includes coming back around the table as a family.
If you are interested in learning more about Erin’s House programs and services or if you are interested in exploring the volunteer opportunities available, visit the website at www.ErinsHouse.org or contact Erin’s House at 260.423.2466.
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