Imagine Class of June 2013 Graduates

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“I thought the 4-day training was a remarkable experience," said Sally Cohen-Alameno. I learned so much about being a good listener, the power of compassionate silence and support, and am awed by the expertise of our leaders. I have gotten involved with Imagine because I appreciate the inherent value of this kind of grief support, which wasn't available when my husband was killed in 2001. My children were 5 and 2 at the time and would have benefited greatly from Imagine.  Through my role as a hospitality volunteer and in other ways I had already seen the "magic" that happens with Imagine and am very excited to get started now as a facilitator!"   PIctured here are the June 2013 class of Imagine Volunteer Facilitators. Back row: Michale Forgash (Westfield), Joellen Surace (SP), Kellie Madden (Mahwah), Susan Iliff (SP), Andrea Kasich (Clifton), Connie Palmer (SP), Carmen McPherson (W. Orange), MaryEllen Busardo (Westfield), Dennis Newnham (Westfield), Sally Cohen-Alameno (Westfield), Clare Trelease (Union), Elaine Manganello (Westfield), Patty Costello (Totowa). Middle row: Barbara Infeld (Mahwah), Mandi Zucker (Westfield), Lucy Arbes (Springfield), Leslie Lewis (Westfield). Bottom Row: Abigail Priece (Westfield), Corey Wisler (SP), Teresa Reitz (Dunellen), Tamela Beene (Westfield).
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Nineteen new loving listeners graduated from Imagine Volunteer Facilitator training on June 28 – July 1st, 2013 at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located at First United Methodist Church in Westfield. “You hear about how the training is life transforming, but until you experience it you don’t really get it,” said Imagine board member and new facilitator Dennis Newnham of Westfield. “It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life.”

“Volunteer facilitators are the very foundation of our program. It is inspiring to watch these courageous men and women support grieving children and adults, through their ability to be present and listen. Each volunteer gives over 100 hours of their time each year,” said Mandi Zucker, MSW, Imagine Program Director.

“According to the Independent Sector the value of one hour of volunteer time in New Jersey is $25.91. That translates into $2,072.80 invested back into Imagine and the community on each Night of Support at Imagine,” said Executive Director and Founder Mary Robinson. Volunteer facilitators tell us that Imagine has transformed their lives in countless ways as well, and that they “do” Imagine at home and at work and in the community, listening better, and being more compassionate and resilient themselves.”

Imagine offers free year-round grief support groups for children age 3-18 who have had a parent or sibling die, and for families coping with a family member with a terminal or chronic illness. Concurrent groups are available for parents and guardians, young adults 18-30 and adults 30 and up. Support groups meet on weekday nights for an hour and a half. Dinner is provided prior to the group meeting. To schedule an orientation for yourself or your family or for more information please contact Imagine at 908-264-3100 or info@imaginenj.org. Imagine is currently recruiting volunteers for its September 2013 training. Contact volunteer@imaginenj.org or 908-264-3100 for information on volunteering.

Imagine is a free year-round children’s grief support center that serves NJ children age 3-18 and young adults 18-30 who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling, or who are living with a parent of sibling with a life-altering illness. Imagine also provides grief education and training for thousands of teachers, parents, coaches, youth and other adults annually.  

 

 

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