Kara is dedicated to providing compassionate support to those who are grieving a death or facing a life-threatening illness. Our mission is to empower all age groups to integrate grief into their lives and find the capacity to move forward with renewed hope. Kara's services are provided primarily by volunteers who have experience in healing from personal loss.
Our volunteers are trained to facilitate others' journeys during:
- Life-threatening illness
- Anticipatory grief
There is no charge to clients for services, however, a request is made at the initial interview for a donation (pledge) toward administrative costs. The availability of client services is not affected by one's ability to make a donation.
SERVICES for Children and Teens:
Peer Group Support
On-going (bi-monthly) grief support groups are offered for the following age groups:
Children ages 5 to 11
Middle schoolers (ages 12- 14)
Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers with the supervision of Kara staff and consist of talking circles and a time for open-ended activities. The children’s groups also provide an opportunity for the expression of grief through the powerful language of play. Learn More
Camp Erin (note that Camp Erin is a national program with camps in multiple locations. The Moyer Foundation partners with local bereavement organizations to provide the camp)
In addition to our on-going groups Kara annually conducts Camp Erin, an overnight bereavement camp for children and teens, ages 6-18. Camp Erin is a weekend-long experience filled with fun and traditional camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support, and led by grief professionals and trained volunteers.
Spanish Support Groups
The following services are all in Spanish, with the exception of the youth group that will be bilingual. There is no cost to attend the groups but we kindly accept donations.
- Drop-In Group – San Mateo: 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 11:00 am. 205 East 3rd Ave, Suite 200D. San Mateo CA 94401
- Drop-In Group – Palo Alto: 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am. 457 Kingsley Ave, upstairs lounge, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- Closed group for Parents and Children 5-13 that will run simultaneously (Will start in Fall 2016) – Palo Alto: 2 Mondays a month from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
We are very excited to announce that we will be offering our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program in SPANISH to all our Spanish speaking community. The workshop will be held at Kara and we will be having an informational session on May 21st for anyone who is interested.