Staff Report

Hospice of Santa Barbara has received a $15,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its Youth Bereavement Outreach Program.

The program provides on-campus counseling to secondary school students who are dealing with overwhelming feelings of grief.

“We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will help us build our capacity … to fulfill our mission,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara.

“The support will help many grieving children and their families in our community to begin the healing process,” he said.

“Grief Reach applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is increasing every year,” said Maria Collins, vice president of the New York Life Foundation.

More than 200 Grief Reach grants totaling some $7 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011.

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