For more than two decades, OUR HOUSE has provided a place of support, community, and hope for grieving Angelenos — and our services have never been more urgently needed than they are right now.
People experience grief every year, but 2020 has been a year like no other.
Will you make a difference by supporting OUR HOUSE’s programs for adults, teens, and children experiencing grief?
Through the charitable-giving incentives provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, donors may deduct 100% of cash contributions to most public charities, and may have the advantage of making a distribution to OUR HOUSE from their 2020 IRA distribution if they are age 71 ½ or above. Even if you don’t itemize your deductions, you can still reduce your taxable income by up to $300 for contributions of cash to public charities in 2020.
For family members receiving the worst news of their lives about the death of a loved one, the support of a doctor trained in grief awareness can make all the difference.
The grief support education that OUR HOUSE provides medical students in the Los Angeles area is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic – a training that so many medical professionals do not receive in medical school.
By supporting OUR HOUSE, you help provide the vital training for medical professionals to learn the skills needed to talk to families experiencing the death of a loved one.
To learn more about OUR HOUSE’s Medical Education program, click here.
“I wish all medical students and residents got this training. [OUR HOUSE training can help doctors] handle situations appropriately and with the utmost respect and empathy.”
COVID-19 has ravaged Latinx families and communities in Los Angeles. Many are essential workers on the pandemic front lines, and they experience significant health inequities which makes them more vulnerable. With more than a third of L.A. County residents that identify primarily as Spanish speakers, our Spanish Satellite Program makes such a difference in the lives of those who are grieving in that community.
Latino residents are twice as likely to get COVID-19 than white residents*
Latinos in L.A. County are 2.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white residents
70% of Latinos in L.A. have experienced serious financial problems due to pandemic-related job losses**
“The death of a loved one forever changes a child’s life. Most kids have never met another child who understands the many feelings of grief. OUR HOUSE provides the antidote to isolation: BELONGING.”
1 in 18 children in California are currently grieving a parent or sibling, with many more affected by the deaths of other significant family members
Without the supportive intervention they need to process grief, the impacts of trauma can reverberate in many ways, including:
OUR HOUSE provides a resource of hope and healing through grief support for thousands of Los Angeles youth from a wide range of ages and backgrounds each and every year through the following services: In-House Groups, School-based programs and Camp Erin LA. In addition, we have many resources including a family bulletin board and grief pages.
For people experiencing grief, feelings of loneliness and isolation can seem overwhelming.
But grief is human — and OUR HOUSE is committed to helping grievers feel supported, connected, reminded that grief is normal, and there’s no right or wrong way to experience it.
Will you help support OUR HOUSE’s important work to normalize grief and offer grievers the power of community?
“Going through the grief process is like being on another planet. OUR HOUSE connected me to others who were also searching for words to feelings that were beyond description. The facilitators of our group provided a space in which we could experience loss without apology. I’ve never identified with total strangers before in the way that I did at OUR HOUSE. Together, we found our way back to earth.”
– Program Alumnus Andrea