Full Circle Grief Center
10611 Patterson Avenue
Building 201
Richmond VA 23238
Mission Statement
The mission of Full Circle is to provide comprehensive, professional grief support for children, families, adults, and communities.
 
The Center provides hands on healing for grieving children and their families through counseling services, remembrance programs, and educational support.
 
We believe in the power of the group process, that creative outlets allow individuals to express themselves in a non-threatening and healing manner, that there should be no barriers for those seeking grief support (i.e. all of our services are offered at no expense to families), and customized services are needed for the entire family.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Allyson C. Drake
Board Chair Karen Butterfield
Board Chair Company Affiliation Carmax
Contact Information
Address 10611 Patterson Avenue
Building 201
Richmond, VA 23238
Telephone 804 912-2947
Fax 804 912-2947
E-mail info@fullcirclegc.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $475,000.00
Projected Expenses $470,572.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
FY13 Annual Report2013View
Statements
Mission
The mission of Full Circle is to provide comprehensive, professional grief support for children, families, adults, and communities.
 
The Center provides hands on healing for grieving children and their families through counseling services, remembrance programs, and educational support.
 
We believe in the power of the group process, that creative outlets allow individuals to express themselves in a non-threatening and healing manner, that there should be no barriers for those seeking grief support (i.e. all of our services are offered at no expense to families), and customized services are needed for the entire family.
Impact
More than 1,000 individuals from diverse populations across Central Virginia benefited from Full Circle's professional grief support programs in Fiscal Year 2015.
  • Family Groups: 192 children and adults
  • School Groups: 149 children
  • Perinatal Loss Group: 32 children and adults
  • Suicide Loss Group: 45 children and adults
  • Community Education: 580 adults
  • Remembrance Programs: 378 children
  • Creative Connection Workshops: 54 children and adults
Details from our annual report: http://fullcirclegc.org/about-us/annual-report-fy13/ 
Needs
As a young and growing organization, our needs center around building our operating capacity, so that we can best meet the needs of the families and children we serve.
  • Operating capital for rent and other office expenses: $50,000
  • Development Assistant
  • New Committee and Board members
Background

Full Circle Grief Center was founded in 2008 in response to the great need in Central Virginia to help families who had experienced the death of a loved one – most often a parent, child or spouse. Those families and their at-risk children were too often grieving in isolation without support – and often did not have the funds to pursue private counseling or other forms of grief support. Without intervention, these families are at higher risk for drug abuse, alcoholism, depression, anxiety disorders and other health issues. The risk is high for that family to break apart. Our programs have touched more than 9,000 lives.

Full Circle is the only organization in Richmond to provide professionally-led bereavement groups for extended families dealing with any type of death with concurrent peer groups. Our goals are to help grieving individuals:

· Strengthen Family through Grief: increase communication between family members to strengthen family ties so they can support each other during grieving

· Learn Coping Skills: learn healthy ways to deal with traumatic events and their long grief journey

· Reduce Isolation: build support networks within and outside of the family

· Heal through Creative Expression: use creative expression to strengthen communication and process feelings

With curriculum designed by a regional bereavement expert, Allyson Drake, using a model from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Full Circle incorporates best practices for helping families grieve. We combine professionally-designed grief support programs with creative expression in the form of art, music, play, dance and journaling to trigger discussions that may not have occurred otherwise.

We rely 100% on the community to provide these services free of charge to all participants through two main programs:

Counseling Groups for Families:

· Hands On Healing Group for children ages 3-18 and their families.

· Perinatal Loss Group for parents who are grieving the death of a baby.

· Suicide Loss Group for adults and school-aged children grieving a loss by suicide.

Outreach Groups for Underserved At-Risk Youth at:

· Inner-city schools

· Community partner sites: ChildSavers, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, etc.

· Richmond City Police Department (Homicide Support Group)

Grief Education:

· Bereavement training for local professionals and community members

· Published the area’s first and only comprehensive grief resource manual

CEO Statement
One in five children will experience the death of an immediate family member by age eighteen.
 
Experiencing grief can bring about various emotional, physical, academic, and social changes for children. The death of a loved one often creates uncertainty and instability, resulting in feelings of sadness, anger, shock, confusion, loneliness, fear, and guilt.   Without proper support, these young mourners may suffer from depression and anxiety, undergo extreme behavioral changes, and encounter academic challenges (Worden, 2010). 
 
Grief counseling, led by a professional, benefits children in a variety of ways.  Children can discuss their loss and challenges with peers in a safe and trusting environment. They are able to listen to one another’s experiences and have their feelings validated. Participating in a bereavement support group enables a child to decrease their feelings of isolation, learn healthy coping skills, and develop a valuable network of peer support.
Full Circle believes in:
  • The power of the group process
  • Groups led by experienced professionals
  • The value of creative expression for children who are grieving
  • No fees for grief support services
  • Customized, long-term support for each family member
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Richmond metro area, surrounding counties, Central Virginia (if family is willing to travel to our center)
Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Butterfield
Company Affiliation Carmax
Term July 2016 to July 2019
Email karen_d_butterfield@carmax.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Drew Burrichter Bon Secours
Dr. Sara Gay Bon Secours Virginia
Mr. Dane Honrado Virginia Retirement System
Mr. Faisal Qureshi Chaplin & Qureshi LLP
Mr. Joe Scarpa LTC In Force Product Management
Mr. Joeseph Scarpa LTC In Force Product Management
Mr. Chris Staab Capital One
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Risk Management Provisions
Professional Liability
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Wallace Stettinius Grayco
Mr. David G. Wilson Jr.Cadmus Communications
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Allyson C. Drake
Experience

Allyson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Virginia, Master of Counselor Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed post-graduate work in counseling psychology and bereavement. She has a Certification in Thanatology (CT) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), is a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider, and has completed the Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training for Perinatal Death. She also is a trainer for the Trauma and Resilience Basics Training, an educational program designed to help build trauma informed communities.

Allyson started her career as a Licensed School Counselor and worked as an elementary school counselor. She has worked with grieving children and families for fifteen years, has facilitated numerous counseling groups for children who were dealing with the death of a loved one, and has developed extensive curriculum for bereavement counseling groups and remembrance programs. Her passion revolves around community bereavement education and she has presented on grief and loss at numerous professional conferences and educational trainings. Allyson founded Full Circle Grief Center in 2008 and she serves as the President and Executive Director of the organization.

Allyson was named to the 2012 class of “Top 40 under 40″ in STYLE Weekly and was recognized with the 2014 Stettinius Award for Non-profit Leadership.

Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 100
Contractors 30
Retention Rate 70
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations

The partners we work consistently with for our Hands on Healing Program include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, public and private schools, funeral homes, hospices, hospitals, private therapists, Department of Social Services and county/city mental health agencies, ChildSavers, Friends Association for Children, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, VCU, Bon Secours, Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Comfort Zone Camp, and the Juvenile Justice System.

The partners we work consistently with for our Outreach Program include Richmond City, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County school counselors and Communities in Schools-Richmond Site Coordinators, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Friends Association for Children, Peter Paul Development Center, Boys and Girls Club, ChildSavers, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA)

Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Children's Hospital Children's Advocate AwardChildren's Hospital2009
Top 40 under 40STYLE Weekly2012
Stettinius Award for Non-Profit LeadershipThe Community Foundation and the Stettinius Fund2014
Programs
Description

Bereavement groups are transformational to families – who tend to grieve in isolation from each other. As children and parents bond with group members who have experienced a similar loss, their level of isolation, anger and guilt diminishes. As they learn effective coping mechanisms, they are more in control and see hope in their future. As they start to communicate openly with each other, they understand each other’s struggles more clearly, and their support for each other blossoms. All of a sudden, a family is grieving together and building a more cohesive, healthy framework for their future together.

Full Circle’s group curriculum uses a model based on nationally-researched best practices for helping youth with traumatic grief and led by an experienced counselor specializing in grief and loss with a master’s degree in a mental health field. The group starts with a family-style dinner, allowing the group members the opportunity to interact in a casual environment. Then, the next 20 minutes are spent in a family art activity, to use a simple activity to increase communication between children, adolescents, and the adult members of a family. After this activity, we hold peer counseling groups (usually 3 children’s groups and 1 adult group) for 50 minutes that are a combination of age-appropriate planned activities, discussion, and creative expression.

We also hold loss-specific groups that help participants deal more effectively with their specific type of loss. Situations that would only be relevant to specific types of loss would be discussed in group more thoroughly. All in all, it’s a more personalized therapeutic approach.

We have two loss-specific Hands on Healing Groups:

- Perinatal Loss Group for parents who are grieving the death of a baby.

- Suicide Loss Group for adults and school-aged children grieving a loss by suicide.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $239,772.00
Short Term Success

Strengthen Families in Grief: Often times, the grief surrounding a significant loss in a family results in overwhelmed parents and, therefore, children grieve in isolation. We increase communication between family members about the loss so they can understand how each family member grieves differently. Parents learn to understand how to best support their child’s grief.

Learn Coping Skills: Enable children and adults to learn coping skills such as ways to release intense feelings in appropriate and healthy ways.

Reduce Isolation: Reduce isolation so children and adults feel they are not alone in the challenges they are facing.

Heal through Creative Expression: Enabling children and teens to use various forms of creative expression to identify and communicate feelings that are experienced after a death – in a setting that is supportive where everyone in the room has experienced something similar. Creative expression uses art, music, writing, dance, diagrams, and any number of other tools to help group members express and come to terms with the strong emotions they are feeling.

Long Term Success

The ultimate goal of Full Circle’s grief counseling groups is to have a significant impact on a child’s emotional, physical, and social well-being.  If we assist children walking through the grieving process, we help them find hope and start healing during an otherwise devastating time in their lives.   By enhancing a child’s well-being, we increase their overall potential for the future.  Ulitimately, we then contribute to a more emotionally healthy and safe community.

If Full Circle has dedicated and experienced professionals overseeing the counseling programs offered in our Center, the community,and the schools, then the counseling support provided will continue to be professional and ethical.  The community ultimately benefits when mental health services are conducted in a responsible manner.

Description

Full Circle is the only organization in Richmond that provides bereavement support to inner-city schools in their communities. By going into their communities, we help families who would not otherwise have access to grief support. Since 2009, our counselors have taken quality grief counseling services directly to 1,031 students.

Our new 2017 Outreach Bereavement Groups will be for small groups of 6-8 students who have experienced a sudden traumatic death. Twelve weekly meetings will provide age-appropriate curriculum, open discussion, peer support, arts, crafts, music, journaling and play.

Full Circle provides:

1. INNER-CITY SCHOOL GROUPS: In 2017, we plan to provide eight 12-week groups in Richmond’s K-12 inner-city schools, specifically Richmond City and the East End Henrico County Schools.

2. PARTNERSHIP GROUPS: In 2017, we plan to provide groups to children in the inner city at partner locations.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $101,072.00
Short Term Success

In 2015, 149 children were served through our Outreach Program. Of those, 46% had lost a parent and 35% had experienced multiple losses. 92% were at or below poverty level.

· 90% reported that they could talk about their feelings. (2014-92%)

· 76% learned healthy strategies they can use to help them feel better when upset and get their intense feelings out safely. (81%)

· 84% reported that group helped them to know that other kids their age have experienced some of the same feelings they have about losing a loved one. (90%)

· 87% said that they have learned positive ways to remember their loved ones. (95%)

· 86% said after group they can now talk to people about their loved one who died. (92%)

“This group helped me…

“…share how I feel with my friends.”
 
“…know I am not alone.”
“…know it wasn’t my fault.”
 
Long Term Success

Bereavement groups are transformational to children. When a child experiences a significant death without a strong support system, negative effects such as plunging academic engagement, behavioral disorders and PTSD are likely.

As children bond with group members who have experienced a similar loss, their level of isolation, anger and guilt diminishes. As they learn effective coping mechanisms, they are more in control and see hope in their future. Their behavior improves. As their behavior improves, their engagement in school increases. As they start to communicate openly with adult caretakers, these adults understand their struggles more clearly, and their support network blossoms.

With all of this in place, a child’s potential changes from being at high risk to a future founded on new open communication and community support – a more emotionally healthy member of the community. A huge hurdle to thriving academically has been dismantled.

Description
Full Circle's "Conversations about Grief" series enables our professionals to educate community members, families, or other professionals about children and the grieving process, how to talk with children about grief and loss, learn ways to support them through a death, and dispel myths about children and grief. 

Philosophy:   Many individuals are uncomfortable talking about grief, feel unsure about what to say to those who are grieving, and don’t know the appropriate ways to support a child through grief. Sometimes, our society avoids the topic of grief because it makes people feel uncomfortable.  At Full Circle, we feel strongly about the importance of educating the public on grief and its effects on children. Unfortunately, grief is a natural and normal part of life and adults need the knowledge to support children through these difficult times.

Population Served Adults
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success
Educate adults to understand children and how they grieve differently than adults do.
Long Term Success
Adults in our community can acknowledge and understand the grieving process for children; therefore, children can feel more supported and open with their feelings.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $475,000.00
Projected Expenses $470,572.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$353,532$276,802$236,747
Administration Expense$54,810$55,194$33,015
Fundraising Expense$33,203$49,631$37,742
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.991.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%73%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%13%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$198,216$50,446$52,721
Current Assets$195,150$43,951$43,260
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$198,216$50,446$52,721
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 9/2016View