BCW Receives Its Largest Grant In 22 Years From New York Life Foundation
The BCW is thrilled to announce that it was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation, making it the largest grant the BCW has received in its 22 year history. The grant comes from New York Life’s Grief Reach Program, and will enable the BCW to expand its Tree House program by adding Spanish speaking counseling services. “We are so very grateful for New York Life’s investment which will enable us to offer more services to multi-lingual families” said Anne-Marie Conlon, Director of the BCW.
The Grief Reach Program was developed by New York Life to bring youth services to kids not served by existing programs. “Grief applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is growing every year,” said Maria Collins, Vice-President, New York Life Foundation.
The grant money, provided to the BCW over 2 years, will bring the Tree House services to Spanish speaking families. It will be coordinated by Damaris Santiago-Singer, LMHC, a bilingual volunteer at the BCW who has extensive experience in the field of mental health and bereavement, with masters degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology.