About the event
Community Cares Breakfast is an event benefiting a community grief center for Clark County children, teens and adults. Help build this important resource in the Salmon Creek area of Clark County; a grief support center and memorial garden, both open to the entire community. Join us for a bountiful breakfast, short program and Art from the heart —artworks for sale created by children expressing their grief journey.
The Community Cares breakfast is a capital campaign kick-off to build a community grief center and outdoor memorial garden in Salmon Creek. At one time or another, everyone will be affected by the death of a loved one. This loss may cause serious health problems for those left behind.
In your Community since 1988
Since 1988, Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) has cared for Clark County families including providing free grief support. The center and garden will offer a full complement of free services to help community members adjust to grief.
Children are the most vulnerable victims of death. Unresolved childhood grief can lead to academic, relational, mental and physical health problems that may persist into adulthood. According to the U.S. Census, one out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don't account for the number of children who lose other relatives like grandparents or siblings. The need for adequate support and counseling of bereaved children is critical and well documented.
Grief care for the entire community
Our mission is to extend grief care to everyone in the community, not only hospice families. The grief center will be open to anyone who has experienced a loss whether from natural death, accident, suicide, violence, natural disaster or military service. The grief center is modeled after our successful James Avery Grief Center in Longview. It will include specialized areas for children, teens and adults. The adjacent outdoor memorial garden will become a community destination for healing, hope and recovery.
Building a healthy community
Providing a special place for grief healing improves the overall health of the community. By supporting the first annual Community Cares event, you will be a leader in creating a special place to help Clark County children, teens and adults adjust to loss. Because grief is as individual as a thumbprint, a customized approach to grief support will strengthen our community.