Grief During the Holidays

Lights, carols, parties. Do those words make you feel overwhelmed? If you’re grieving during the holidays, the answer might be yes. May we offer a few suggestions? Parents and caregivers, be gentle with yourselves. Rest enough, pace yourselves, set limits. You’ll be better able to help your kids when they feel sad. Give yourselves, and your kids, permission to grieve, and to take a break from it when needed. Spend time with people who accept your family’s emotions as they are. Celebrate your traditions, or start new ones. Above all, remember that it’s up to you and your family, not anyone else, how you decide to observe the holidays.

Read more about grief during the holidays by following the links below.

Hurricane Irma

As we prepare for hurricane IRMA, it’s important to provide helpful outlets for children to cope with their feelings.

Here are a few ways to help children deal with emotions before and during the storm.

  • Before the storm, have children gather their favorite stuffed animal, blanket and pillow, and perhaps a few special books. These things will help calm them if the storm gets scary. You can also empower children by involving them in other preparations that are appropriate for their age.
  • Encourage them to talk to you or to their other family members about their thoughts. Acknowledge fear, but express calm. They will follow your emotions very closely.
  • Have paper, crayons, markers, and colored pencils handy to create and share feelings or serve as distractions.
  • Create family time together with board games, cards, charades, and flashlights.

More ideas can be found at these links: ease-your- kids-fears- storms to-help- children-understand- disasters-and-cope- with-anxiety/#7d5b98cf42e9 the-storm- workbook-helps- kids-deal- with-hurricane-stress- 18409941/


We are heartbroken over the recent tragic events in Orlando, and send our most sincere condolences to families and friends of those who died at Pulse, and to the family, friends and fans of Christina Grimmie. The loss of life of this past weekend is overwhelming and hard to comprehend. As we process the senseless violence and contemplate our safety, let’s all remember how Orlando rallied to shine its light into the darkness. Countless friends and neighbors came out to donate blood, to bring bottled water and food to law enforcement and first responders, to show love and support with a handmade poster… that’s what we’re made of as a community, and New Hope for Kids is proud to be part of it. If you find yourself wondering how to talk to your kids about these tragedies, please read this very helpful information from The Dougy Center, the National Center for Grieving Children and Families.

$25,000 Disney grant!

DisneyGrantReceptionLocal community groups took center stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, March 30th, as Walt Disney World Resort awarded more than $4.5 million in Disney Grants, which will enable the organizations to play an even stronger supporting role for more than 250,000 Central Florida children and their families, of which New Hope for Kids was a 2015 recipient. “Today’s Disney Grant recipients work tirelessly to build a better future for Central Florida and share Disney’s values of investing in children and families,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort.

Executive Director, Dave Joswick and Board Chair, Elizabeth Peele were honored to attend the ceremony and receive the check. Thank you Disney!


The 2014 Chamber Cares project will benefit New Hope for Kids!

We thank the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for selecting New Hope for Kids as their Chamber Cares 2014 project. The Chambers’ unique perspective: to promote and support our business community, but also to enhance the civic and overall well-being of Winter Park demonstrates their care and commitment to the community.Chamber Cares

The Chamber Cares initiative will provide funding for the Grief Program, including Camp Ray of Hope, community outreach to local schools and hospitals, Soccer Sundays, a photo-journaling project, art exhibition and equipment for in-house family movie nights. Learn more about this campaign.


2014 BMW Winner!

IMG_18981At the annual Art of the Vines fundraising event, the crowd beamed with excitement and anxiousness as the speaker was about to announce who had won the 2014 BMW drawing this year. Little did they know that the winner to be announced was actually cooking in her kitchen at home at the time.