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Annual end-of-year family picnic for participants, staff and board members at Spec Pond in Wilbraham

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Colleen's mom died so, she attends Rick's Place with her grandmother.

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At a Springfield Parent Academy event, executive director Shelly Lenn discusses children's books on the topic of grief.

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Volunteers give SO MUCH to Rick's Place…each year they are thanked at an appreciation dinner!

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A game that helps the participants share memories about the person in their life who died.

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Middles group participants in grades 3-5th grade make new friends and learn new ways to cope.

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Sisters attended Rick's Place with their mom following the sudden death of their older sister.

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The young teen group with participants in grades 6-8th grade learn and support others in the group

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Rick Thorpe a victim of 9/11/2001 and namesake of Rick's Place is included on the memorial at the State House in Boston

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Rick's Place board of directors elects a new president, Donald Mitchell

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Rick's Place board of director president, Donald Mitchell and his 3 daughters.

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Board members with executive director at a Young Professional Society event in Springfield, MA

Rick's Place supports young people ages 5-18 years and their families when someone close in their life has died.

Did you know that about 4% of young people under 18 experienced the death of a parent?

Rick’s Place, Inc is an independent, non-profit based in Wilbraham that supports young people and their families following the death of someone close.

In March of 2007, with the support of Ray and Marilyn Thorpe, Rick's close friends from high school chose to honor his memory by opening Rick's Place. Rick Thorpe, a young father and Wilbraham, Massachusetts native who died in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. Grieving young people (ages 5-18 years) and their families are welcome at Rick's Place regardless of when, where or how the death occurred.

Services are free of charge.

With compassionate support Rick's Place facilitates healing and reduces isolation for grieving young people. Further we strive to curb the potentially harmful and destructive behaviors that can occur among children and teens who do not get the support they need following the death of a parent or sibling.

Young people meet in small groups with others their age where they can make new friends and share memories wtih trained facilitators; while their adult caregivers meet seperately to share the challenges raising of a grieving child.

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Rick's Place supports young people ages 5-18 years and their families when someone close in their life has died.

EIN: 262817386

Reports: Guidestar


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