Comfort Zone helps transform the lives of grieving children by providing them free therapeutic services, resilience programs and ongoing support. Unfortunately, the death of an immediate family member is all too common. One in seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 20. The almost-universal response in children to a loss of this magnitude is extreme emotional isolation. This isolation negatively impacts school functioning, social relationships, and emotional and physical well being.
To illustrate, children with unaddressed grief are:
· 5 x more likely to commit suicide (USDHHS, Bureau of the Census)
· 9 x more likely to drop out of high school (National Principals Association)
· 10 x more likely to engage in substance abuse (Rainbows for All God’s Children)
· 20 x more likely to have behavioral disorders (Center for Disease Control)
Comfort Zone Camp fills the void by providing children with the tools they need to manage their grief in a healthy way. We provide an ongoing, strong support network and multiple opportunities to tackle grief-related issues as they arise, increasing each camper’s likelihood of maintaining sound mental health and remaining positive contributors to their families, schools and communities as they transition into adulthood.
$35,000: Volunteer screening and training costs for 1 full year.
$25,000: 1 day camp for up to 40 children and their parents.
$17,000: Facility rental for one 3-day camp
$10,000: Camper giveaways (t-shirts, theme pins, etc.) for 1 camp location for 1 year.
$5,000: Professional therapeutic services for 10 children.
$2,500: 25 camp application screenings.
$1,000: Travel scholarship and parent lodging for 1 camper/parent.
$500: The cost of sending one child to camp.
There are no geographical restrictions on our camps. Children are admitted from the entire United States and beyond. Camps are currently offered in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Our camp programs are also funded in additional communities across the United States through collaborative partnerships. When possible, Comfort Zone does offer travel scholarships and, when warranted, parent/guardian lodging.
Mary Beth McIntire offers over 20 years of experience in the world of nonprofit management.
Mary Beth has served a number of nonprofits organizations in the central Virginia area, including the Library of Virginia Foundation (executive director), United Way of Greater Richmond (assistant vice president) and Aylett Country Day School (director of development). She also understands the importance of giving back to the community. She currently serves on the board of directors of Shirley Plantation Foundation and The Cornerstone Community Development Center (Aylett, VA). Previously, she served on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Partnership Council, the Association for Fundraising Professionals, James River Writers, and Aylett County Day School.
Mary Beth holds a B.A. from James Madison University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband, Rob have two daughters, Jordan and Caitlin.
Our primary objectives are to break the severe emotional isolation children experience in the wake of a parent or sibling death, to provide an immediate and sustained emotional lift that will improve their quality of life, and to teach healthy coping skills that will assist campers throughout their lives. To achieve our objectives, we offer a combination of traditional camp activities, trust-building and team-building activities, grief counseling and individual mentorship.
Campers are paired 1:1 with dedicated mentors, or “Big Buddies,” throughout the entire camp session. Campers often come to camp starved for attention because the parent or guardian in their life is consumed with handling their own grief, and the 1:1 pairing model provides a dedicated mentor, friend and "anchor" for each camper. Many of our volunteer Big Buddies also suffered the loss of a loved one as a child and are able to add a unique element to the camper's experience through the sharing of their own grief journey. The matching process happens prior to camp, after campers and volunteers are thoroughly screened. Matches are based on compatibility of personality, grief experience, hobbies and cultural backgrounds.
Unlike traditional therapy, campers become members of a peer community where everyone understands their experience, and campers learn firsthand that they are not alone. Mentors and repeat campers model healthy coping skills, and new campers learn first-hand how to take personal responsibility for improving the quality of their lives once they leave camp.
After camp, CZC provides the means for campers to stay in touch with their mentors and draw support from and lend support to their new peer community through our secure online bereavement community and resource, HelloGrief.org. Campers may also return to camp every year until they graduate high school, and after the age of 15, may return as volunteers.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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