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Whitney Craig

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Transcript of History

Grief Programs - Esther Sachse
Children's Programs - Esther Sachse
Camp Care 2005
Community Support - Brian Hannah
Camp Programs
Programs at Cancer Services - Esther Sachse
"to improve life for those living with cancer"
Local, independent, nonprofit 501(c)3
Established independently in 1959
Currently serve 10 parish area
Support open to those outside 10 parish area, including New Orleans region
Annual Budget of $1.7 million
Largest recipient of United Way funding - currently receiving $460,000 per year
Annual Giving program of $375,000 (2013)
Substantial Financial Reserves
Investment Income from Reserves
Annual Audit and 990s Available on Guidestar
We Have a Strong Financial Foundation
Best Non-Profit in Baton Rouge area, 225 Magazine - 3rd

Current Partners (Partial List)
The Albemarle Corporation Foundation, Baton Rouge General/Pennington Cancer Center, The Bella Bowman Foundation, Canon Hospice, Dow Chemical, Exxon/Mobil, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, The Grief Recovery Center, The Hospice of Baton Rouge, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital/Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, The Pennington Foundation, The Red Shoes, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Baton Rouge Affiliate
Camp Care
Ongoing for 20 years
Only 2 Camp Directors
Ages 5-14
Average of 35 campers and 20 counselors
Waiting List to be a Counselor
Strong Partner Support (e.g., LSU Athletics)
Purpose: To allow campers to have a normal camp experience

Camp Climb
Developed from Nationally-Supported C.L.I.M.B program
Purpose: Provide therapeutic support and allow a normal camp experience
Camp Abbey, Covington, LA

Staffed by trained mental health professionals
Staff List Provided

Tentative Timeline Provided

Partner and Potential Partner List Provided
Therapeutic Activities
All About Me Posters
All About My Special Person
Sharing Grief Photos
Coping with Feelings
Kimochi Dolls
Anger Cube
Strong Box
Splat Ball
Tae Kwon Do
Puzzles/ Funny Pictures
Budget for Grief Programs: $15,000 Direct Cost

Grief programs have never been cancer specific

Weekly grief group, averaging 30 per week
Young Adult Grief Support
Bi-Annual Memorial Programs
Individual and Family Counseling
Quarterly Grief Educational Seminars
Children - average 50 grieving children per year
Included in Monthly Activities
Bi-Annual Teen Events/Trips
Individual and Family Counseling
Seasonal Parties
Camp Koala
Budget for Children's Programs of $80,000 Direct Cost
Monthly Activities
Individual/Family Counseling (In-House and Referrals)
Holiday Parties
Trevor's Wish
Summer Camps
Parent Support Meetings/Grandparent Support Meetings
Educational Programs
History - Brian Hannah
Financial Stability - Aimee Doyle
Plans for Camp Erin - Whitney Craig
All About Me
Strong Boxes
Kimochi Dolls, Feelings Box, All About Me, Masks
We Are Here to Stay
We Have Camp Experience
We Are a Well-Respected Non-Profit Agency
We Provide Comprehensive Services
Children Are the Heart of Cancer Services
Served 4,000 clients/family members in 2013
Camp Koala

Year 1: 1 day camp with balance of therapeutic and fun activities
Year 2: 3 day camp with balance of therapeutic and fun activities
Current Camp Erin Partners
Grief Recovery Center
Betty's Hope
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - B.R. Affiliate
Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center
Potential Camp Erin Partners
Our Lady of the Lake/Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, Ochsner Hospital, Tulane Medical Center
Family Service of New Orleans
East Baton Rouge, Orleans and Jefferson School Districts
Cancer Agency of Greater New Orleans
Hospice of Greater Baton Rouge, Hospices in New Orleans area
Grief Centers in New Orleans
LSU, Southern, Southeastern Schools of Social Work
We Are Committed to Continual and Comprehensive Support Throughout the Grieving Journey
Program Philosophy
Each child is unique in their grief
Program flexible to meet individual needs
Program allows ability to meet needs as they emerge throughout life cycle
Program should be fun and encourage sense of normalcy in a safe environment
Educate and provide skills training on managing emotions, coping skills, and other grief-related issues
Promote processing of grief-related feelings and experiences
Provide opportunities to remember and memorialize special person
Build social support system
Improve psychosocial functioning
Regain a sense of normalcy and a chance to have FUN
Reduce stress
Promote educational growth
Increase a sense of universality/commonality
Improve sense of hope
Enhance understanding related to grief issues
Jana Poche, Esther Sachse and Whitney Craig
"My sons were scared but Camp Climb gave them HOPE!" - Mia
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