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WHAT WE DO
SUNRISE CENTER

​SUNRISE CENTER:​​

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Follow these links for some  grief activities to do at home:

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Sunrise Center offers a place of hope and healing for children, teens, and their families that are struggling with grief and loss due to the death of a loved one, being placed in foster care, or having a parent/loved one diagnosed with a terminal illness. We provide peer support groups in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment with the supplies they need to be able to communicate effectively. In doing so, children and adults will realize they are not alone and may begin to heal by expressing their emotions and feelings together.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Our volunteers go through extensive training in grief support.  Our training manual has been developed and created after attending the Dougy Center Training Camp in Portland, Oregon, the organization which we are modeled after.  

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

AND ADVOCACY

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The Foundation's director and volunteers are our best advocates by sharing valuable information regarding our programs with friends, colleagues, co-workers, and community leaders.

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YOUTH-LED DISCUSSIONS  AND WORKSHOPS

Because the groups we facilitate are modeled as peer support groups, all of the discussions are led by our youth.

Our Support Groups:

Peer-support groups are currently on the 1st
and 3rd Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Sunrise Center.

Grief Group

A support group for children and teens who are experiencing grief due to a death.

A concurrent adult support group is provided for the parents of grieving children

Foster Youth Support Group

Sign up for information about the Sunrise Center using the email link below. 

A support group for children and teens who are in the foster care system. A concurrent adult support group is provided to support the adults who are caring for foster children.

Our Journey Group

A support group for children and teens that have a parent or loved one diagnosed as terminal, but have not yet died. A concurrent adult support group is provided to support the adults who are caring for the grieving children as well as those that are dying

Sunrise Center Family Spotlight

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My name is Mason; I am nine years old. I started coming to the Morning Sun after my Papa died. He died on September 30th, 2001. My Papa had cancer. I like coming to the Morning Sun because I can be with other kids my age who have also had a loved one die. I enjoy doing arts and crafts, especially ones I can make that remind me of my Papa. I like that when we share about our loved one that, I feel safe and know that my friends here understand how I feel. I like that it's OK to cry if I need to. I am glad that my grandma found out about this place for me.

Mason

Additional Community Resouces for Grief Support: 

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Community Crisis Response Team
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Children and Family Services

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