community by design programs
Bring Comfort Zone to Your Community
Comfort Zone is the nation’s largest bereavement camp, having served more than 11,000 campers since our inception in 1999. Comfort Zone also works with partners across the nation to bring expert grief support to their specific communities. We call these programs Community by Design, as each program is customized based on the need.
Comfort Zone's Community by Design programs include:
- A Little Hope
This 3-day program in May 2015 in Connecticut is for children and teens who have experienced the death of a sibling or parent to suicide.
- Grief Summit
In addition to camp, Comfort Zone brings the community together in partnership with other organizations to discuss grief and its impact.
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
This program is for children and teens who have had a parent die in the line of duty and has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
- Mark Wandall Foundation
This one-day program is a new partnership for 2015 and will bring Comfort Zone Camp to Florida in October.
- Massachusetts General Hospital
This is a one-day camp program for children that also includes a parent program where parents can receive support and information on how to best support their children's efforts to manage grief.
Partnership programs are designed to:
- Identify and customize programs based on the community's needs
- Provide a Positive Youth Development based approach
- Offer 1:1 mentorship, where campers receive uninterrupted and unconditional support from their mentor.
- Allow children the opportunity to receive professional therapeutic clinical support in age-based support groups. In a fun and dynamic environment, each child is given the opportunity to share their grief experience and to receive support and validation from children their own age. Comfort Zone operates from the perspective of “challenge by choice,” so each child is able to personally own the pace and medium for which they share their experience with the community.
- Engage and build competence in the surrounding community on the topic of bereavement, with a specific focus on childhood bereavement.
- Collaborate with schools, agencies, organizations, and other community resources to ensure long-term support of the youth and families served.
Check out this video for more information about Comfort Zone's partnership with NFFF:
If you are interested in learning more about Comfort Zone's Community by Design programs, click here for our recent press release or email Vice President of Strategy and Design Pete Shrock at [email protected]