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Dear Uplift Community, 
 
While there is some hope in the spring air as vaccinations increase and COVID cases decline, this letter must still start with a somber note, given the losses to violence that have happened in recent weeks. 
 
  • As of March 25th, 112 people have been killed in Philadelphia. This is a 29% increase over the same period in 2020, a year that saw more homicides than 2013 and 2014 combined.  
  • On Monday, March 22nd, 10 people were killed in Boulder, CO. 
  • On Tuesday, March 16th, 8 people were killed, including 6 women of Asian descent, in Atlanta, GA. 
 
This violence affects us all every day. We wake up to the news or learn of it right before we try to sleep. We attempt to focus on work while wondering how families are dealing with the aftermath. We think, “What if it were me, making a quick stop at the grocery store?”    
 
While these mass killings happen far too frequently, it is important to still register our emotions, so we don’t become numb. Share how you’re feeling with others and ask those close to you how they are. Listen when they tell you.  
 
For the children in your life, it’s important to talk with them in ways they can understand without overwhelming them. Uplift has several resources that can help, including a tip sheet titled “How to Talk to Youth About Traumatic Events,” which provides guidance on how to have these conversations as well as ways children can help. The Philly HopeLine is available to our community, as well. 
 
Uplift’s grief support programming allows children to openly talk through the grief, confusion, and fear they feel about the death of those close to them as well as people they may not know but whose death impacts them regardless. Please know that your continued support of our work makes a difference in these difficult times and for children and families grieving these and other losses. Thank you. 
 
With thanks,

Darcy Walker Krause
Executive Director
 
Celebrating Women's History Month
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we would like to pause to honor the women who provide caregiving for the grieving children in the city of Philadelphia. When we grieve, we are challenged by the emotional, behavioral, physical, and social impact of loss on our individual selves, families, and the communities that we live in. We recognize that much of the loss for women can go unrecognized and unacknowledged as they care for others. 

We want you to know that we see you, we hear you, and we will continue to support you in your own grief journeys. The changes that come along with loss are complex and we are committed to working with you and your family to support you in your healing through building a community of support, understanding, and respect. We wish you loving kindness in full measure and pathways to learning how to live with grief.
 
With gratitude,
Kevin R. Carter, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director
 
Uplift In The News
Uplift’s programs are featured in the latest episode of WHYY’s Schooled podcast. Following the death of a Frankford High School student in 2020, Uplift clinicians assisted a guidance counselor in creating a virtual legacy group for the student's friends and other youth who were impacted by gun violence that summer.
 
Click here to listen to the podcast or read the moving article, “Philly’s homicide crisis through a year of virtual school: A memorial to three student lives lost.”

Uplift was also featured in
AL DÍA News. Clinical Director Kevin Carter and Special Populations Coordinator Teresa ndez-Quigley spoke with reporter Tiffany Rivera about how Uplift has adapted its programs over the last 20 years to serve the changing needs of Philadelphia's children and their families.

Click here to read the article, "How the Uplift Center for Grieving Children has helped Philadelphia youth cope with the COVID-19 pandemic."
 
Support Uplift on Target Circle
Six more days – you have through March 31st to support Uplift with your Target purchases! Vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Every vote counts to help Uplift receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to ensure no child in Philadelphia grieves alone. Shop, vote, and do good!

Find out more about Target Circle here: 
www.target.com/circle
 
Philly HopeLine Dedicated Hours
The Philly HopeLine continues to support students and families in Philadelphia in need of grief and loss support, support for COVID-19 related losses, and emotional support.

HopeLine hours are Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., with dedicated times for Spanish language speakers: Thursdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and queer and trans youth services: Thursdays 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Fridays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Please share information about the HopeLine with your contacts.
 
an UPLIFTing evening - June 10th
Save-the-date for Uplift’s biggest fundraising event of the year, an UPLIFTing evening, on June 10th! Join us at Vie in Philadelphia for an intimate and safe in-person VIP Reception or be a part of the Livestream Event from anywhere and everywhere. an UPLIFTing evening is your opportunity to learn more about Uplift’s work, get to know to our community partners, staff, volunteers, and program participants, and of course, support Uplift’s vital grief support programming. Reserve your ticket or become an event sponsor today!
 
Reserve Tickets or Become a Sponsor
 
 
Save The Date for YPB Family Quizzo on April 17th
Calling trivia  buffs of all ages: join the Young Professionals Board for their first Family Virtual Quizzo event on Saturday, April 17th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. April's Family Quizzo categories are Disney, superheroes, and holiday trivia. Play solo for $10, or buy a family package for $15, all of which goes toward Uplift’s grief support programming. See you there!
 
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Make a Gift to Uplift
Uplift’s ability to work with thousands of grieving children and families each year is possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Your involvement is critical as we strive to connect with every caller inquiring about our services, provide grief groups to each interested school, and offer post-crisis support to every school rocked by a tragic death. Thank you for being a part of Uplift’s important mission.
 
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