Volunteers needed to work with children and teens

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where boys and girls (and their families) could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one.

Youth ages 5 to 18 have found a place of healing. A place where they – alongside peers who have suffered a similar loss — can convey through art, motion, music or play what words alone cannot express.

Thanks to the generous donations of community members, Healing All Together, also known as HAT, continues to be offered on a regular basis.

Snowline Hospice is looking for adult volunteer facilitators for the peer support groups that meet every other Thursday evening during the next school year (17 sessions).

The volunteers help create a safe and accepting environment where children, teens and adults are free to work through their grieving process in their own unique way.

Prospective volunteers are invited to attend the informational night meeting on Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. The meeting is at the Snowline Hospice Administrative Building, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs.

The 16 hours of evening training will run from June 3 through July 1 on Mondays and Thursdays.

If you know of a young person who might benefit from this unique program, talk to his or her parent about Healing All Together.

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families is a service of Snowline Hospice, and is offered free of charge to residents of El Dorado County, the city of Folsom and other neighboring areas.

For more information contact Barbara Smiley, manager of clinical volunteer services, or Sue Watson, bereavement coordinator, at 530-621-7820.

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