Support A Caring Hand
YOUR DONATION CAN CHANGE A LIFE
OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS US
Over 4,000 children experience the death of a parent or sibling in New York City each year. They can feel sad, ashamed, worried, mad, and alone. Children’s grief that is cast aside can lead to problems in school, work, and relationships. Parents can feel unprepared to cope with all that has changed.
"I don't know what I would have done without your program. Now I know I'm not alone." -Mother of a 6 year old boy
WHO IS A CARING HAND?
A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito, Inc. is the only non-profit in Manhattan solely dedicated to serving grieving children with English or Spanish speaking caregivers and the teachers and professionals who support them. They deserve care from people who understand what they are going through and know what they need in order to cope and thrive.
HOW WE HELP
We serve the community by providing counseling, support, research, consultation, and crisis response. Our 11-week group intervention is aimed at prevention of future problems. It is a powerful feeling when children and adults meet others and realize they are not alone. Using a skill-based, evidence informed approach, children and adults learn to manage grief and develop lifelong coping strategies. Results from three years of collaborative research showed child and caregiver depression, grief, coping, family conflict and functioning improved following participation in our groups.
EMBRACING OUR CORE VALUES, WE HELP FAMILIES
WITH GRIEF IN HEALTHY WAYS
FEELINGS WITH EACH OTHER
WITH OTHERS WHO UNDERSTAND
CONTINUE TO REMEMBER
AN ISSUE THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED
Failure to recognize and adequately intervene with bereaved children having difficulty can lead to enormous real-life costs both now and well into the future.
• Up to 25% of parentally bereaved children will experience psychological and behavioral problems.
• Children who had a parent die may have higher levels of depression, increased health problems, poor school performance, anxiety, fear, and less optimism for success later in life.
• Bereaved children and their parents or caregivers experienced clinically significant symptoms, including depression and anxiety.
YOUR GIFT IN ACTION
Your support is changing the lives of children like Felicia. She and her mom sought help three months after her Dad died. This tragedy left the close-knit family struggling to return to normalcy. Felicia had a hard time talking about her dad to others, but weekly groups were a safe place to express feelings and share memories. READ MORE