Impact Report 2021


Dear-Friends Heading

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, you know grief is a painful journey with unexpected twists and turns. Friends of OUR HOUSE also know that healing is possible if someone with empathy and experience supports them along the way.

Professional grief support makes a difference, yet this vital resource is shockingly scarce in vulnerable communities. In 2021, a record number of Los Angeles residents, nearly 3,500 people, called OUR HOUSE seeking help. Many were just beginning to address long-neglected pain and trauma while battling hardships associated with poverty and the pandemic.

Facing unprecedented need, our grief support team stepped up to the challenge and recentered on OUR HOUSE’s mission: to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope. We then set forth to mobilize in schools, community centers, and health care facilities for maximum impact:

  • Camp Erin, our in-person retreat for grieving children and teens, introduced programming for parents and guardians so the entire family could experience a day of healing.
  • Our continuing education classes significantly increased access to grief support resources for professionals.
  • Many of our school grief support groups resumed meeting face to face.
  • Our annual House of Hope gala brought the community together again, raising $633,000 for grief support programs.

As always, OUR HOUSE’s work is possible thanks to you—our donors and partners. We are profoundly grateful for your generosity and support, which allows us to move closer to our vision of a world where grief is embraced, understood, and respected.

With gratitude,

Jory Goldman
Board Chair

Julia Miele
Executive Director


Strengthening Grief Support Services

By Phone

Outline of person with headset

39% Increase in phone inquiries to OUR HOUSE from people seeking grief support


Total calls received


Clinical referrals made to external partners


Outline of virtual meeting screen


Minutes of virtual grief support and staff training


English-speaking adults participated in grief support groups


Spanish-speaking adults participated in grief support workshops and groups


Children and teens received support through in-house groups

In Person

Outline of two people sitting face to face


Children and teens received support through Camp Erin and school-based programs across Los Angeles. 

Expanding Reach, Advancing Equity

 55% of youth grief support groups occurred after school, reducing conflicts with online learning

10 schools took part in our new shared-group format (2 schools per group), allowing us to support more schools.

3 continuation high schools joined our new group option, allowing us to reach students with complicated home situations, such as raising a child or working to support their family.

Strengthening Grief Support Education

287 Medical students learned about grief support

3,070 Professionals trained in grief support through speaking engagements and continuing education

To better respond to our diverse community of grievers, we advanced important initiatives that centered on JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) and trauma-informed care.

Strengthening Grief Support Resources

255 volunteers contributed 12,202 hours of service valued at $348,230, equal to nearly 6 full-time positions

L.A. Care Health Plan helped us bring Spanish-speaking grief workshops to under-resourced communities in Boyle Heights, Metro Los Angeles, Pacoima, and Pomona.

Strengthening Hope During Grief

House of Hope Gala: Luminaries & Light

“It wasn’t until … recently—[when] I started connecting with other widows and widowers and really hearing their stories—that I was feeling so much better because I was realizing that people were understanding me and I didn’t feel alone. And that’s what OUR HOUSE is.”

—Amanda Kloots
Co-host of The Talk,
Author of Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero

Camp Erin Los Angeles re-opens, serving 92 Children and Teens in grief

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience.… Your volunteers and staff were incredibly kind and compassionate. Please remind them that they made a difference in the lives of our children. Truly.”

—Camp Erin parent 

“It was profoundly healing to have the day to spend with the other parents, grandparents, and caregivers. I had no expectation for this part of camp, and I think I had more of an emotional breakthrough than either of my children. My group was SO real, authentic, supportive, and loving.”

—Camp Erin parent

You Gave Grievers Strength


Armanino Foundation

City of Beverly Hills*


Conrad N. Hilton



Ernest G. Herman


Goodwin Family

Memorial Trust


Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary

L.L. Foundation for Youth*

Leonard M. Lipman

Charitable Fund

Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities

Marian and Pink Happ Fund*

MDRT Foundation

Molina Family Foundation*

The Green Foundation


Steven & Susan Cobin Family Foundation

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

New York Life

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl*

Robert J. Keown Trust*

Rosalinde and Arthur

Rotary Club of Beverly Hills*

Rotary Club of Santa Monica*

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation

Tower Cancer Research


USC Good Neighbors Campaign*

Windsong Trust

Yabuki Family Foundation

Gilbert Foundation

* New in 2021

2021 Financials

Group Fees7%
Community Education2%
Adult Program34%
Kids & Teens Programs22%
Camp Erin12%
Spanish Satellite Program10%
Community Education8%
General Administration5%

86% Figure

of our income goes directly to program services

You are donating to : Greennature Foundation

How much would you like to donate?
$10 $20 $30
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Additional Note