Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy
UCC Gives Back at Camp Erin Central Texas
University Christian Church is excited to provide major funding support for Camp Erin Central Texas. Formerly known as “Camp Brave Heart,” Camp Erin Central Texas has been in operation for over 20 years, thanks to Hospice Austin, the only non-profit hospice care provider in Austin, TX.
As a multi-day camp for children ages 6 to 17, Camp Erin Central Texas is the largest national bereavement program for children and teens grieving the death of someone close to them. It helps keep the family system intact and functioning after the loss of a loved one, specifically by addressing the emotional, mental, and physical repercussions of grief. Bereaved children can experience a tremendous sense of isolation as they struggle with deep and complicated feelings of fear, anger, denial, pain, and abandonment.
At Camp Erin Central Texas, campers discover they are not alone. With a camp experience packed with both recreational and therapeutic activities, campers hear each other’s stories, explore their grief in a safe and understanding environment, and learn ways to constructively cope with their loss. And it all happens with the help of grief support professionals and trained volunteers.
In addition to providing tools for dealing with grief, the camp offers fun activities you’d expect from a summer camp, such as hiking, swimming, campfires, archery, and crafts. It is offered free of charge, courtesy of generous community support.
Beginning in 2018, Hospice Austin will collaborate with The Moyer Foundation, a public 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addictions. This new affiliation with The Moyer Foundation will connect Hospice Austin with a larger network of bereavement camps, all with the goal of sharing experiences and best practices so everyone can achieve the highest standards of caring for the bereaved children and families.
In addition to funding support, there are opportunities for UCC members and the greater Austin, TX community to become involved. Camp Erin Central Texas needs volunteers to coordinate events (before and after camp), to help at camp registration, to accompany children to camp, and to assist nurses, counselors, and therapeutic leaders.
Camp will be held Monday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at John Knox Ranch, which is located outside Wimberley in the heart of the sweeping Hill Country. If you wish to become involved in any capacity, contact Maggie Cochran at Hospice Austin by phone at (512) 342-4784.
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