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:
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.
39% Increase in phone inquiries to OUR HOUSE from people seeking grief support
Total calls received
Clinical referrals made to external partners
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
Children and teens received support through Camp Erin and school-based programs across Los Angeles.
‣ 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Co-host of The Talk,
Author of Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero
“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
City of Beverly Hills*
Conrad N. Hilton
Ernest G. Herman
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
L.L. Foundation for Youth*
Leonard M. Lipman
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities
Marian and Pink Happ Fund*
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*
Yabuki Family Foundation
* New in 2021
of our income goes directly to program services