Volunteer Needs to Support Liberty County Expansion
Elijah's Place is trying to begin support groups in Liberty County in response to requests that groups be hosted within the county. To begin that service, we need a licensed volunteer who can serve as on-site clinical leader and supervisor for volunteer facilitation on group nights. The licensed facilitator will provide pre- and post-group briefings and will be available to volunteer facilitators during group meetings. The licensed facilitator must have a master’s degree and state licensure appropriate to their degree in social work, psychology, or education. We also need volunteers willing to be trained to lead support groups.
Volunteers must participate in three successive training sessions totaling 20 hours. Training sessions are scheduled to be conducted in Liberty on Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. To get more information about volunteering for Elijah's Place or to register for the training sessions, please call (409) 924-4426.
How Does Elijah's Place Support Grieving Children?
Elijah’s Place is a program to
provide ongoing grief support services to children, ages 5 to 18, who
have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.
Children grieve differently than
adults. For that reason, it is important to allow them to communicate
their feelings with other children who can understand.
Elijah’s Place grief support
provides a setting for age specific group support sessions for the
children (ages 5-6, 7-10, 11-13, and 14-18) and a support session for
parents. Parents and children come to Elijah’s Place two evenings
each month. Participation in the program can last 12 to 18 months,
or until the family decides they no longer require the service.
Support for Children Affected by
Separation and Divorce
As an outgrowth of the original grief
support offered through Elijah's
Place, KIDS (Kids in Divorce Support) has sprung up to address the pain
caused by separation and divorce. At present, KIDS is accepting children
ages 5 - 18 into group sessions. Families of children who could benefit from
the support provided by KIDS should contact the Group Coordinator for
Elijah's Place at (409) 924-4426 in order to be placed on a waiting list.
KIDS also follows a twice-a-month
schedule with age specific peer sessions (5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18) and
parental support sessions.
All support sessions are led by
trained group facilitators who are supervised by a licensed
professional. The evening for volunteers begins at
for a pre-meeting and ends after the post-meeting at .
The evening for the families begins at
with a potluck supper and ends at .
The Lamar University Social Work
Program supports the establishment of Elijah’s Place and has agreed to
provide interested Social Work majors to be trained as volunteers,
starting in their junior year through graduation.
in participating in the Elijah's
Place KIDS program can review, print and complete the Intake Forms by
selecting the “Intake Forms” button above.
What’s in a name?
The name “Elijah’s Place” is taken
from a portion of the biblical story about the prophet Elijah’s
experience when he hid in a cave, finding himself alone and afraid.
The word of the Lord came to him, not in the strong wind, the earthquake,
or the fire; but rather in a “tiny whispering sound” and he was told to
go back out and live. It is our desire that Elijah’s Place will assist
grieving children and their families to understand and learn to live with
their grief, to hear the “tiny whispering sound” and go out and live.