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JFK Medical Center Receives Grief Reach Grant From The New York Life Foundation

The JFK Medical Center Foundation announced a $15,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support JFK Medical Center's Bereavement Outreach to Disadvantaged Youth program. 

The JFK Medical Center Foundation announced a $15,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support JFK Medical Center's Bereavement Outreach to Disadvantaged Youth program.  This program addresses the needs of children of low income and/or minority families who have recently experienced the death of a family member through a series of age-appropriate support groups provided in the communities where they live.

"We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation's investment in this program, which will help us broaden our services to reach underserved youth," said Pamela Christy, Director of the Haven Hospice Program at JFK, who will lead the grant project. "The support will help many grieving children and their families in our community to begin the healing process."

"The feedback we've received since the program began five years ago has helped us to meet the growing needs of the providers.  We not only want to help them to broaden their reach, but we also want to help them to develop and improve their organization internally," said Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation.  "We have expanded the application parameters and increased the financial support so that youth across the country can receive the help they need to heal and grow."

The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs.  One hundred and fifty-three Grief Reach grants totaling nearly $5 million have been awarded since the program's inception in 2011.  The New York Life Foundation has been one of the leading funders of the childhood bereavement field, investing more than $25 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.

About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life's tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $216 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

About JFK Medical Center
JFK Medical Center is a full-service, 498-bed, non-profit, regional medical center with 498 beds, serving Central New Jersey.  In 2015, JFK recorded over 17,000 admissions, 2,265 births and nearly 68,000 visits to the Emergency Department.  JFK Haven Hospice is a program dedicated to helping patients and their families cope with the final stages of a terminal illness and supporting families through the first year of bereavement.  For the past 28 years, Haven Hospice has provided the community with programs that address every aspect of end of life care, emphasizing individual choice, dignity and respect.  To learn more, please visit www.jfkmc.org.