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Avow receives Community Foundation of Collier County Grant for youth and adult bereavement services

Avow has received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County to support its adult and youth bereavement programs.

“Since 1983, Avow has cared for Collier County’s terminally ill residents and their loved ones,” said Jaysen Roa, president and CEO of Avow companies. “We continue to recognize a great need in our community for bereavement support for adults and children. By providing free grief and bereavement support for anyone in the community, our expert team is helping to improve the quality of life for hundreds of children and adults.”

Avow Kids has been providing bereavement services for children ages 5-17 years old for more than 36 years. Offering support and companionship to children who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, friend, or relative through illness, accident, suicide or homicide, Avow also helps children process other types of loss including divorce, loss of a friend, instability in the foster care system, or deployed or incarcerated parents and family members. Support is in the form of in-school workshops, individual one-on-one sessions, family groups, day and overnight camps and special activities.

Adult grief and bereavement support for caregivers and family members is through group meetings, individual grief support sessions, community events and other dedicated grief programs. In addition to the individual and group support sessions, Avow hosts memorial services in various locations throughout the county each year to provide community members with an opportunity to honor and remember their loved ones.

Avow relies primarily on donations to cover the cost of grief and bereavement care. The cost of adult and youth bereavement services annually is $693,000.

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most current needs.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 700 funds, serves 400 nonprofits, holds over $178 million in assets and has distributed more than $137 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception in 1985. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

About Avow

Avow is a community-focused, not-for-profit organization, serving its friends, families and neighbors living in Collier County, Fla. since 1983. Avow provides specialized end-of-life care to those living with a life-threatening illness and offers support to those who are caring for them. The Avow interdisciplinary care team provides medical care, pain management, palliative care for adults living with serious illness, and complementary therapies. Avow cares for patients wherever they live. In addition, Avow has the only free-standing hospice house in Collier County for in-patient acute care. Avow also offers grief and bereavement support to the families and friends of patients as well as anyone in the community who has experienced a loss. Avow is a non-profit organization that relies on community donations to help fund patient care and programs for the community. The phone number to call for any Avow service is 239-261-4404 or visit www.avowcares.org.

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