Tamari Miller, M.A.
Program Director, Grieving Children Services
            New Hope for Kids
       Tamari@newhopeforkid...
COMMUNITY SERVED AND TARGET POPULATION


New Hope for Kids Grief Support Program serves children and their families of any...
DIVERSITY/OUTREACH EFFORTS


  Our diverse group of Board Members, Staff and Volunteers include and are not limited to the...
New Hope for Kids serves the following counties:
                   Orange
                  Seminole
                  Os...
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  1. 1. Tamari Miller, M.A. Program Director, Grieving Children Services New Hope for Kids Tamari@newhopeforkids.org 407-599-0909 ext. 1
  2. 2. COMMUNITY SERVED AND TARGET POPULATION New Hope for Kids Grief Support Program serves children and their families of any gender, religion, race or ethnic background in Central Florida. The child must have suffered the loss of a family member or a significant loved one. Generally this has occurred in the recent past, however we do receive children who have developed grief related problems several years after the death has occurred. The death may have occurred for any reason, including illness, accidents, homicide or suicide. In 2003, a Special Circumstances group was developed for families that have been affected by a homicide or suicide. In the last few years we have also served several families grieving the death of a family member who has died while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Within the program as a whole, the children and families come primarily from the following Florida counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Lake. The families that attend our program generally live within a sixty mile range. Our outreach can extend throughout the state of Florida and we often help refer out-of-state families to organizations that serve their area. The overall ethnic breakdown of the children currently attending the program is approximately 49% Caucasian, 22% Black, 26% Hispanic and 3% other (Asian, American Indian, etc.) This breakdown is relative as many of the families now have a more mixed ethnic identity and would classify themselves as a combination of two or more categories. The percentages may shift slightly throughout the year as new children enter and leave the program. In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of Hispanic and other ethnically diverse families that seek our assistance. This has led to a more diverse group of counselors and volunteers to help make the families more at home in our program. This shift began in 2004 when New Hope for Kids reached out to the Migrant Workers in Apopka, FL, and opened up a Spanish Speaking Adult support group to support the parents and caregivers and increased the number of Spanish speaking grief facilitators. In recent years we have also attempted to increase the number of adult male grief facilitators that work with the children. This has helped make the adolescent boys feel a stronger link to the program. Tamari Miller, M.A. Program Director, Grieving Children Services New Hope for Kids Tamari@newhopeforkids.org 407-599-0909 ext. 1
  3. 3. DIVERSITY/OUTREACH EFFORTS Our diverse group of Board Members, Staff and Volunteers include and are not limited to the following estimate of Ethnicities/Cultures: Caucasian (70 %) Hispanic (15%) African American (10%) Asian, American Indian, Jewish (5 %) Health Fairs and Community Fairs: On average we participate in 19 a year- Areas of focus are those where there is a lower SES and a higher population of Minority Groups. New Hope for Kids’ brochures are placed in Funeral Homes, Churches and Hospitals in all communities of the areas we serve. We are located directly across from the Jewish Community Center and have a strong working relationship with their staff and members. Monthly meetings are held with school counselors, school social workers and SAFE (Student Assistance Family Empowerment) Program coordinators in all school districts within the counties we serve. Networking and maintaining visibility in communities where members are less likely to seek our services has been our main thrust in ensuring that ALL are served and represented in our organization. Tamari Miller, M.A. Program Director, Grieving Children Services New Hope for Kids Tamari@newhopeforkids.org 407-599-0909 ext. 1
  4. 4. New Hope for Kids serves the following counties: Orange Seminole Osceola Volusia Lake Location of New Hope for Kids Center for Grieving Children 900 North Maitland Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 Tamari Miller, M.A.- (407)599-0909 www.newhopeforkids.org

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