Annual Appeal 




 We need your help today.
Please consider a gift to support the work of The Cove Center for Grieving Children.
Our programs reach the four corners of the state, through direct services at our family sites, school and community support, training and Camp Erin CT. Your donation can help The Cove to provide "hope and healing" for grieving children and teens. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program to double the impact of your gift. 


We ask for your support of our Annual Appeal so that we can raise funds to increase our ability to serve more children and families in Connecticut.  Our long-term goal is to open two more Cove sites, but we cannot acccomplish this without dedicated support in place in advance so that we are able to fully fund our current sites and programs. 

 About The Cove:  We currently have 7 family sites in West Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Meriden, Stonington, Easton (serving Fairfield County and Newtown) and East Hartford.   The Cove also provides Professional Development programming and community outreach as well as our "Good Grief" school program. We will partner with The Moyer Foundation to again offer Camp Erin CT for grieving children ages 6-17 years of age in June of 2018.

With your support we will continue to touch the lives of the children and families that we serve in meaningful ways, as demonstrated by the testimonials from several Cove families below.

"When a loved one dies the whole world stops for a short while. Piles of casseroles overflow a grieving family’s kitchen, and helping hands reach out for tight hugs of sympathy. As time goes on however, casseroles get eaten and helping hands return back to their normal busy lives. For these people the world has begun turning again. The Cove is there for the families of which the world is still stopped. The Cove is there for the long haul to help a grieving family’s world start turning once again.”  
                                 - Kayla, former Cove kid and current volunteer facilitator

 “Our 6 year old son has really benefited from making friends with other children who have had loved ones die. After his little brother died, he was very angry, but has now learned to deal with his anger in good ways. The Cove has also been a good resource for my husband and I in learning how children deal with grief and how to help them through it.”  

 “My children had always felt "different" from their friends because they did not have a dad. The Cove helped them to see that they were not weird or alone. We have developed great friendships with the other families and I feel happy that my children have a place that can support them through their grief. We LOVE The Cove and the good work they do for so many families.” 

“We attended The Cove for over three years. The Cove provided the comfort and support we needed during a very difficult time as well as connecting us with others who related to our sadness. The Cove was a place for my children to meet others who have also experienced a profound loss and it gave them the feeling of belonging.”  
“The Cove is a place that is very effective in helping building and strengthening families. Where we can learn from other parents and kids and get guidance from facilitators.  It’s a place where my son is able to find friends when being a teen boy whose father has died can be torture in school… feeling so out of place, different and lonely.  At The Cove we can find hope, hope that we can endure, hope to make it as a single parent… and hope that my kids will maybe be ok after all that has happened.”  
“The program has been amazing... it is a "safe" place where the kids all have loss and grief in common. They can express themselves freely without fear of being again the "different" one. They learn about ways to honor the memory of their missing loved one while moving on with their own lives. The volunteers are all so energetic and caring, they really enjoy helping others. There is such a need for this service in the community and these kids - and us as parents -  benefit so much by having this support group.”

These testimonials speak eloquently to the need to support our Family Cove sites. We also provide referrals, outreach, Professional Development Training and Cove “Good Grief” in schools programming. 

Your donation will help us support and expand our programs so we can serve more children and families in 2017-18. On behalf of the grieving children and families of The Cove, we thank you for your support.

Donors to Our Annual Appeal
FY 2017-18  THANK YOU!

Louise Albis
Sheri and Steven Amato in Memory of Eric Kalber**
Mary Andersen in Memory of Ree Andersen
Michael and Shelley Barker
Peter and Nancy Becker
Patti Biller
Angela Boyle
Jay and Grace Bright
Francine Carland
Camp Erin CT staff in Memory of Steve Jepson
Carolyn and Arnold Cary
Patricia Charpentier in Memory of Dennis Charpentier
Bruce and Susan Clinton in Memory of Our Parents
Lorraine Cloutier
Linda and Wayne Coats in Memory of Tony Biekert
Jennifer Cohen
Kristen Conlon
Conlon Family Charitable Giving Fund
Nann H. Cooke
Shawn Cowper
C. William and Sharon Crain for The Guilford Cove
William and Tara Dahill In Memory of Trudy Daly
Alexandra Daitch
DAS Distribution Inc. in Memory of Melissa C. Galka
Sandra Dawson
Eileen Davis
Ivelina Dean
Thomas Deupree Trust
Patrick and Mary Downing
Bruce and Samantha Eidinger
Anne Eisner
James and Mary Ann Emswiler
James and Elizabeth Engelhart
Mary A Farrell in Memory of Marion Irene Culhane
Matthew Feldmann
First Congregational Church of Deep River
Curtis Fisher
David Greenblatt
Guilford Savings Bank
Lisa Harrison in Memory of Ernest A. Cartier and Jennifer A. Harrison
Anne Hartford in Honor of Nat Fenillosa and his Family
Linda and Mitchell Hirsch
Richard Holloway Charitable Trust
Alice Ivey
The JKK Foundation
John F. Kennedy Middle School/Southington Board of Education
Michael and Pamela Joyce
Mark Keenan
Adam Klug
Joann LaDuke
Robert Laraia
William and Eileen Leahy
John and Nancy Leckerling
Robert and Kathy Livingston
Barbara and Bret Maffet
Deborah Mane in Memory of Ryan Horvath
Shannon McKeon in Loving Memory of Trudy Daly
Michael McClenathan
Jennifer and Michael McNiff
Lee Anne Milhiser in Memory of Marion Culhane
Debra Mella in Honor of Craig Pepin
David Milano
Mark Milhiser in Loving Memory of Marion Culhane
David and Regina Miller in honor of Michael Zikovich
Richard Minton in Memory of Sheila Minton
Tom Morgan
Tom Morgan in Memory of Angela Morgan
Catherine and Richard Neagle in Memory of Jamie Saxton
New London Telephone Employees Community Services Fund for the Stonington Cove
Donna Nickdow in Honor of Olivia Morrison
North Guilford Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ - 2 Mission Gifts for Domestic Violence and Meriden
Amy Manacher Nulsen
Virginia and Jeffrey Palmer
Richard and Jeanne Pasquarelli in Memory of Marion Culhane
Dr. William Petit, Jr. in Memory of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit
Cathy Plona
Yannah Preta
Margaret Riley
Kathryn Robertson in Memory of Marion Culhane
Rebecca Rugg
The Church of Saint Timothy for the West Hartford Cove
The Kathleen M Sauer Trust
Jim and Annette Shea in Memory of Marion Culhane
Kelly Shepard
Francis Sobol
Joseph Skonieczny
Shawn and Gerard Smith in Memory of Kyle E. Smith
Robert Stanko
Erich Strunk
Taylor Family Charitable Fund at the recommendation of Ian Taylor
Harry Vega
Stephen Wallace in Honor of Donna Nickdow for Camp Erin CT
Greg Walker
James and Martha Warner
Elizabeth Ann West
Mary and Gordon Whatley
Richard and Sandra Whelan
Mary White
Jill Whitney
Dr. David Weil
Adrienne Wuertz in Memory of Gregory Wuertz
Eric Wysocki and Family
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Zelson

**Indicates Multiple Gifts or Monthly Giving