Cove Center for Grieving Children
Coordinating Office
250 Pomeroy Ave., Suite 107
Meriden CT 06450-8336
Contact Information
Address Coordinating Office
250 Pomeroy Ave., Suite 107
Meriden, CT 06450-8336
Telephone (203) 634-0500 x
Fax 203-634-6934
E-mail info@covect.org
Web and Social Media
The Cove provides a safe and supportive environment for grieving children and their families to process their grief.
Mission

Providing hope and healing for grieving children/teens and their families, and training for the professionals who work with them.

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At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1995
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary L Andersen
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Kearney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aetna
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $402,160.00
Projected Expenses $395,523.00
Statements
Mission

Providing hope and healing for grieving children/teens and their families, and training for the professionals who work with them.

Background

The Cove serves the entire state of Connecticut through our Cove Satellite sites in Meriden, New Haven, Guilford, East Hartford, West Hartford,Stonington, and Easton serving Newtown/Fairfield County CT. The Cove also provides “Good Grief” school programming, statewide community outreach and professional development training for facilitators, school psychologists, teachers, social workers and other individuals working with grieving children. We recently added a new program "Pathways to Healing" for grieving 18-25 year olds.

 

Impact

For over twenty two years, The Cove has provided programs that have helped children and their families deal with the grieving process. These support initiatives were designed to create a positive change with real results. Our results include; helping children understand the grieving process, how to communicate openly, how to ask for help, how to avoid the negative effects of unresolved childhood grief and, most importantly, to help them understand they are supported and served in a safe and healing environment. We help children understand that within each of them is the capacity to heal. We promote continuous safeguards against depression, drug and sexual addictions, delinquency, increase in school dropout rates, nonproductive behavior, suicide and other detrimental outcomes of unresolved grief. We help children identify and eliminate obstacles that might hinder them in their healing process. We also help parents and caretakers in understanding their own grief and how to appropriately support their children's grieving and healing processes.

Needs The Cove provides free programming at our Family Cove sites, thus requires funding to provide these services to the community throughout the state of CT.  The Cove also has funding needs to support our free referral services for grieving families, outreach in the community, professional development trainings and "Good Grief" in schools programming.  Since 2013, in collaboration with The Moyer Foundation, we have provided a free bereavement camp opportunity - through Camp Erin CT. 
CEO Statement

The Cove’s child-focused, family support groups (based on a peer support model) provides a consistent, safe and nurturing atmosphere where families share their grief experiences and find strength and hope in the face of the sweeping disruption of life that occurs in all areas of a survivor’s life. The Cove is a valuable asset to the community that provides a lifeline to families in trauma.

The Cove receives no federal or state funding for our programs and relies on individuals, foundations, civic and corporate donors to help us support free and reduced-fee programs and supportive services for grieving children across the state of CT.

  2017 is our 5th year of providing a free bereavement camp experience. First at Camp Erin Newtown in 2013, then as Camp Erin CT in 2014-17. Your help is needed to ensure that we continue to offer this wonderful experience to diverse populations through the state of CT.

We hope that you will consider funding our important work in the community.
Mary Andersen, Executive Director
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Single Organization Support
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
State wide
Ansonia
Wallingford
Derby
Cheshire
Guilford
East Haven
Woodbridge
Lower Naugatuck Valley
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
The Cove Center for Grieving Children serves the entire state of Connecticut through family, school and professional development programs and outreach.  The Cove has seven satellite sites in Meriden, New Haven, Guilford, West Hartford East Hartford, Easton serving Newtown/Fairfield County and Stonington CT. These sites provide grief support for children and families through our "Cove Family Program." Our "Good Grief" School Program, Professional Development Trainings, and outreach and referral services are provided statewide.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Cove Center for Grieving Children provides comprehensive services for Connecticut's grieving children and families.
Programs
Description The Cove provides a variety of grief support programs. Our Family Programs meet twice monthly in community sites throughout Connecticut. Families are served without regard to ability to pay. The Cove also provides support services in schools and outside agencies in addition to providing professional development and training services regionally. The Cove also provides training, consultation, and referral regarding grief and loss.
Population Served / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Improved services statewide for children grieving the death of a parent, sibling or significant person in their lives.  Expanded statewide coordinating office with professional staffing to support grief support groups, in school programs and community outreach hroughout Connecticut.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Please see individual programs.
Description

The Cove Family Program at our 7 satellite sites in Meriden, West Hartford, East Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Easton serving Newtown/Fairfield County and Stonington, CT is a 20 week program held in 2-3 hour sessions.

Child/Teen Peer Support Groups: Groups consisting of 3-15 children within 1-4 years of age of each other meet at each session. Children range in age from 4 years old to 17 years of age. Within the peer support groups, under the guidance of trained facilitators, children and teens are invited to explore and express their grief reactions through age appropriate projects involving art, movement, music and games. Their actions are confidential to the group and allow children to openly express feelings, without fear of judgment. The Cove has a manual of over 600 activities that open up channels of communication and target specific areas of grief work.  Program activities include rituals such as opening/closing circles honoring the loved one who has died, journaling, creation of memory boxes and family memory meals, arts activities, a visit to a funeral home to ask questions of and process the event with a trained funeral director, physical activities to release aggression and anger and voice their feelings. Each session relates to a module of grief work completed for each age group. The end of the year culminates with a live butterfly release and family picnic.

Adult Groups: At the same time that children are participating in peer groups, surviving caretakers meet separately with the Site Director to learn how to support their children's grief process. In addition, a family activity focused on some aspect of grief is provided to them to share with their children.  This phase of the Family Program encourages open communication about the person who has died so that the children feel they can openly express their feelings to their family both at The Cove and in the home environment.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. By the end of the 20 sessions, 90% of participants will show an improvement in behaviors and improved ability to understand their grief process.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The Cove family program has been successfully provided for over 19 years.  Families report that their children have benefitted from the experience, and evaluations indicate that negative behaviors are reduced and participants show an increase in resiliency and positive behaviors due to the experience. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Pre and Post evaluations are administered. Site Directors and Volunteer facilitators meet to debrief after each session to monitor program efficacy.
Description

Cove Site Directors and volunteer facilitators also present the“Good Grief” in Schools Program to children and teens ages 5- 13 at school sites throughout the state of Connecticut. At the school sites, directors of school social work and guidance departments participate in a half day training module for school members interested in facilitating groups. We then train counselors, social workers and psychologists in school social work and guidance departments to develop expertise in delivering an eight-week grief and healing program at their schools. After completing Cove training, school professionals will feel ready to deliver the Good Grief school program independently, or with the assistance of a Cove trained facilitator if preferred.



Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description
Camp Erin CT is a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibiling or someone close to them.
Camp Erin CT combines traditional, fun camp acivities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volounteers. Through interactions with other children and adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Erin provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express emotions, share their grief and learn postiive coping skills. The Cove Center for Grieving Children will also provide families with long-term support at our family sites.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The goals of the camp are to provide support, safety and trust within an environment that allows children to experience traditional camp activities along with structured grief processing activities to help them acknowledge and express their emotions related to the death of a loved one. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
An evaluation of campers experience is completed at the end of the program to determine if they felt safe, supported and were able to process their grief in new ways. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
An evaluation of campers and facilitators camp experience is completed at the end of the camp weekend.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
100% of the evaluations indicated that the camping experience was a positive event that helped children to process their grief.  
Description "Pathways to Healing" is a Free 10 week support group program for grieving young adults ages 18-25.  The program is designed to provide therapeutic art-based activities to create a safe space to talk about feelings and grief. Young adults in this age group are underserved due to the fact that they do not fit into typical "widow/widower or child/teen programming that is more accessible. This group may have experienced the death of a friend, parent, sibling, child, partner or significant person in their life. This Pilot program is held on Tuesday evenings at The Cove Coordinating Office in Meriden CT.
Population Served At-Risk Populations / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The challenge and opportunity for The Cove is the continuing growing need for our services statewide. We have seen a doubling of children and  families served at our  7 sites in the last four years.  4 of our 5 sites have been at capacity, and we have had to put families on waiting lists for the following year.  This challenge is an opportunity for The Cove to develop additional sites, and to create a vision for a permanent facility in the future that would serve as a multi-use site.  As envisioned, a new facility will house the Coordinating Office, a local Cove family site, summer day camp and spaces for community outreach and teen support groups. These additions will enable The Cove to reach more children and families throughout the entire year.   The growth of Camp Erin CT has been a positive extension of our mission, yet a draining force on our limited resources, both financially and space wise as we collect items after each Camp session for future Camp Erin CT experiences. It has underscored the need for a permanent larger facility than our current small office and storage space utilized for our Coordinating Office.   
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Mary L Andersen
Term Start Mar 2010
Email mary@covect.org
Experience

Mary Andersen has over 25 years experience as a nonprofit executive in children’s and cultural organizations including the Discovery Museum of Bridgeport, CT, Soundview Community Television, The Children’s Museum of San Diego and The San Diego Archaeological Center. She brings a passion for children's issues and is dedicated to programming excellence and growth of Cove services for CT's grieving children and teens. Since joining The Cove she has been instrumental in expanding the focus and infrastructure of the organization by adding two new family sites, new programming and Camp Erin Newtown and Camp Erin CT. With additional funding her hope is to find a permanent location for the Coordinating Office to expand in-house trainings and services to youth and families.  

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 160
Number of Contract Staff 7
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Lead Site Director, MSW, LMFT, West Hartford Cove Site Director
Experience/Biography Valerie has over 16 years experience as Site Director for West Hartford and has a private practice.
Title MSW, LMFT, Guilford Site Director
Title LCSW, Meriden Cove Site Director
Title MSW, LMFT, Stonington Site Director
Title Easton Cove Site Director
Experience/Biography Cathy has a Private Practice in Trumbull CT and has worked in social services for over 20 years.
Title New Haven Cove Director
Title East Hartford Site Director
Title Camp Erin Connecticut Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The Moyer Foundation and Camp Erin
The National Alliance for Grieving Children
Coping and Caring Bus
Schools statewide
Board Chair
Mr. Kevin Kearney
Company Affiliation Aetna
Term July 2016 to July 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Scott Beeman Zurich Insurance
Simon F. Etzel Jr.KBE Building Corporation, Principal
Mr. William Fuzzard PriceWaterhouseCooper
Mr. Jason Gallaway The Hartford Insurance Group
Dr. Ruvim Izikson M.D.Protein Sciences, Associate Director of Clinical Research
Mrs. Lori Rodden Board SecretaryThe Hartford Financial Services Group, VP Diversity and Talent
Mr. Kevin Thomas The Hartford
Mr. John J Turgeon CPA, HCS, TreasurerCohn Resnick, Partner
Mrs. Kara Williams CPAWebster Bank, Senior VP and Audit Director Cheshire Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Simon F. Etzel Jr.
Company Affiliation KBE Building Corporation, Principal
Term 2016 to July 2019
Email setzel@kbe.com
Standing Committees
Executive
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Board Development / Board Orientation
Distributions / Grant Making
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
James P. Emswiler Founder of The Cove, Author, M.A., M.ED
Mary Ann Emswiler Founder of The Cove, Past ED, Author, M.A., M.P.S.
Bruce McIntyre Former Trustee, Tharpe Robbins Company
Joan Heller Miller Former Cove in Schools Program Director
CEO Comments
The Cove initiated a 5 year Strategic Planning process that was begun in 2013.  This process has helped to define a vision for the future of our organization. The purpose is to ensure that The Cove continues to be a valuable and viable resource for Connecticut's grieving children, both now and in the future.  We hope to add additional staff and Board members to help with this process.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $402,160.00
Projected Expenses $395,523.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Cove Brochure2017View
Camp Erin CT2016View
2012 Summer Newsletter2012View
Overview and Accomplishments2011View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$242,067$251,100$277,633
Administration Expense$65,521$65,234$57,114
Fundraising Expense$36,691$36,530$31,988
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.940.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%71%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%11%15%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$232,952$268,952$278,074
Current Assets$166,305$180,847$171,899
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$18,835$23,731$12,222
Total Net Assets$214,117$245,221$265,852
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountConrad N. Hilton Foundation $40,000Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $25,000Conrad N Hilton Foundation $40,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $21,248The Moyer Foundation $16,350The Moyer Foundation $25,250
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOptum Technologies $20,000United Healthcare Services $7,500Active Network $22,293
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.837.6214.06
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments The Cove continues to grow and the recent addition of two new family sites and Camp Erin CT requires that our organization actively fundraise to support these new offerings that help us to further our mission to new constituents across CT and into neighboring states through Camp Erin CT.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address Coordinating Office
250 Pomeroy Ave., Suite 107
Meriden, CT 064508336
Primary Phone 203 634-0500
Contact Email info@covect.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary L Andersen
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Kearney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aetna

 

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