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Helping Grieving Hearts Find Hope

Somewhere along the way we decide the response to grief is to be strong. The response to grief is to grieve.

– Will Reeve

All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.

– Magic Johnson

Elijah's Place: Grief Support Services Program
A United Way Agency

2780 Eastex Freeway
BeaumontTX 77703

Program Director: Randi Fertitta
(409) 924-4433
Fax: (409) 832-0145 

Click on this link to view the Elijah's Place program video: Elijah's Place Video Clip

How Does Elijah's Place Support Grieving Children?

Elijah’s Place is a program to provide ongoing grief support services to children, ages 5 to 18, who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. 

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Children grieve differently than adults. For that reason, it is important to allow them to communicate their feelings with other children who can understand.

Elijah’s Place grief support provides a setting for age specific group support sessions for the children (ages 5-6, 7-10, 11-13, and 14-18) and a support session for parents.  Parents and children come to Elijah’s Place two evenings each month.  Participation in the program can last 12 to 18 months, or until the family decides they no longer require the service. 

Support Sessions

All support sessions are led by trained group facilitators who are supervised by a licensed professional.  The evening for volunteers begins at 5:30 for a pre-meeting and ends after the post-meeting at 9:30.  The evening for the families begins at 6:30 with a potluck supper and ends at 8:30.  

The Lamar University Social Work Program supports the establishment of Elijah’s Place and has agreed to provide interested Social Work majors to be trained as volunteers, starting in their junior year through graduation.

Elijah's Place Grief Support Intake Forms

Families interested in participating in the Elijah's Place grief support program can review and complete the Intake Forms by selecting the “Intake Forms” button above.  

Request Training

Please click here if you or an organization would like to request training or an on-site support group.

Volunteer Opportunities

Elijah's Place depends on volunteers to join staff in facilitating the program's grief support work. Those interested in volunteering may call (409)924-4433 for more information.

The program will begin training new volunteers at our main office location during the evenings of January 18, 19, 24, and 25. All volunteers must complete all four sessions as well as Protecting God's Children sexual abuse awareness training. Click here to access the online Volunteer Training Registration.

What’s in a name?

The name “Elijah’s Place” is taken from a portion of the biblical story about the prophet Elijah’s experience when he hid in a cave, finding himself alone and afraid.  The word of the Lord came to him, not in the strong wind, the earthquake, or the fire; but rather in a “tiny whispering sound” and he was told to go back out and live. It is our desire that Elijah’s Place will assist grieving children and their families to understand and learn to live with their grief, to hear the “tiny whispering sound” and go out and live.

Click the following link to view, print, or email a copy of Elijah's Place Grief Support Program brochure for families: Elijah's Place Grief Support Program Brochure for Families

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