The death of a loved one is almost always a painful experience, one in which many of us lean on friends and loved ones. In particularly difficult times, we might also turn to trained grief counselors or other professionals to help us through the grieving process. Unfortunately, for Spanish-speaking individuals in Contra Costa County, such professionals are in short supply.
Thus, in December 2018, the CHF awarded the Contra Costa Crisis Center $135,133 to help the organization expand its four-decade-old grief support and suicide prevention program by adding a Spanish-speaking version. Expected activities and outcomes include:
- The hiring and onboarding of a bilingual, Spanish-speaking, licensed clinician to serve as the Grief Program Manager
- Modifying and translating the Crisis Center’s grief group facilitation manual and other related training materials into Spanish
- Recruiting and training volunteer support group facilitators
- Launching support groups at partner organizations
- The Crisis Center has already identified initial partners at the Monument Crisis Center and Village Community Resource Center – and has initiated discussions about a potential partnership with La Clínica de La Raza.
- An evaluation of program efficacy and partnership structure that can also inform necessary adjustments
- Identifying sources for sustaining the program when CHF support concludes, including:
- Local, state, federal, and private foundation grants
- County-based mental health and social services contracts
- Board fundraising