School-Based Grief Support Program

OUR HOUSE recognizes that many children and teens grieve alone. Parents or guardians may lack access to transportation or other resources needed to bring their child to a support group at one of our three locations: West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Mid-City/Koreatown centers. Through our landmark School-Based Grief Support Program, we bring our services to the local schools.

Elementary, middle, and high school students can participate, free of charge, in an OUR HOUSE on-site grief support group in their own school. The groups provide a safe place for children to share their thoughts and feelings with other children who are also grieving after the death of a family member or close friend. Students are identified by school personnel and are invited to participate. Upon the completion of the ten-week group, faculty and students report students are better able to concentrate in school and have improved social and behavioral performance.

OUR Footprint

As part of our three-year strategic plan, we aim to extend our reach through satellite growth, expansions and partnerships by 2018. We are pleased to announce that we have already added 17 new schools, increasing the number of students served by 21 percent during the 2016/2017 school year.

Out of the 62 schools served during the past school year, 45 are part of LAUSD, with 36 being classified as high poverty schools with a significant percentage of children from low-income households.

New Schools in Green
Animo Florence/Firestone MS
Animo Wheatley/Western MS
Banning HS
Barack Obama Global Prep MS
Barrett ES
Belmont HS
Berendo MS
Birmingham HS
Centinela ES
Clinton MS
Cowan ES
Culver City MS
East Valley HS
El Sereno MS
Fair ES
Franklin HS
Fulton Prep ES
Gompers MS
Hale MS
Hamilton HS
Highland Elementary
Horace Mann MS
Hubbard ES
JAMS (SMMUSD)
John Adams MS
John Marshall HS
John Muir MS
KIPP Iluminar MS
KIPP Raices ES
KIPP Philosophers MS
KIPP Scholars MS
LA Academy MS/HS
Latona ES
Laurel ES
Lincoln MS
Madison MS
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex HS
Millikan MS
Orchard Academy MS
Pacoima Charter ES
Palisades HS
Palms MS
Paul Revere MS
Portola  MS
Ramon C. Cortines HS
Roosevelt High
Rosemont MS
San Fernando MS
Santee Edu Complex
SOCES HS
Southgate MS
Stevenson MS
Sun Valley Magnet ES
Sylmar HS
Thomas Starr King MS
University HS
Vaughn ES
Vaughn HS
Vaughn MS
Vista MS
Wadsworth ES
Wilson HS

School Groups

  • Consist of 8-12 students
  • Takes place once a week for 10 weeks during the school day
  • Led by highly trained and supervised OUR HOUSE group leaders
  • Located on campuses in the Los Angeles, Culver City, Santa Monica/Malibu, Inglewood, Compton, Glendale and Hawthorne Unified School Districts as well as their Charter and Magnet schools
  • Shown to improve the academic performance and social adjustment of grieving students, as reported by school personnel

“OUR HOUSE has a very effective, comprehensive group curriculum. They consistently brought age-appropriate materials and projects for the students to work on. Most students reported that the group was the only place that they felt they could talk about their loss safely. Very frequently students reported an increase in their ability to concentrate in class and on exams because they were able to ‘clear their head’ during the group sessions.” – Sandy, Psychiatric Social Worker

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