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Dear Uplift Community, 
During grief groups, Uplift clinicians share with children and families that grief can be like a roller coaster. There are peaks, valleys, and loops that flip your world upside down. As you ride the grief roller coaster, you learn to accept all the thoughts, feelings, and emotions after your loved one has died, and learn to acknowledge that the healing process is a lifelong journey. 
Here at Uplift, July brings with it a new program year. I’m happy to say that Uplift came through the 2020-2021 program year in good fiscal health, and I’m grateful to the generosity of our supporters for helping to make that happen. From foundation funders to individual donors to event supporters, we’re grateful for the ways everyone came together to support our work.  
During the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, we at Uplift, like so many other organizations and businesses, were unsure what we could continue to accomplish. As noted by clinicians, the pandemic is a communal grief event. Clinical staff at Uplift showed composure and restructured grief support programs while innovating new forms of outreach, including the Philly HopeLine. We thank funders both locally and nationally for recognizing our efforts and awarding Uplift with both general operations and targeted funding. Thanks to you, our grief support programs gained greater accessibility and are reaching some of the most-affected children and families in Philadelphia. 
This month, the pilot cycle of GRIT (Growing Resilience In Teens), Uplift’s collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, received coverage on Fox 29 Philadelphia. Uplift also continues our Creating Connections online series, which will include new, fully-captioned resource videos for children and caregivers in both English and Spanish. Additionally, all staff at Uplift have spent spring and summer reading, discussing and incorporating practices from My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem as part of self-education and strategic planning toward Uplift becoming a more racially competent and trauma-informed organization. 
While this programming above continues during the summer months, we also use the summertime to begin planning for our new program year beginning in the fall. The communal grief coaster keeps rolling, and though we do not know for sure what will affect Philadelphians the hardest, we can predict the areas of highest need. As you likely heard, earlier this month, the City of Philadelphia hit a somber milestone – over 300 homicides in 2021. The Delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading in our city and around the country. As a result of the epidemic and continuing pandemic, Uplift’s clinicians are gearing up for a new program year that will see continued growth in referrals and inquiries. 
Grief may be a roller coaster, but Uplift’s staff are prepared to meet the peaks and valleys. Thank you, always, for your continued support. 

With Gratitude, 

Darcy Walker Krause
Executive Director

Welcome New Staff Member
Chabeli Angeline Noval, MSW
Chabeli Angeline Noval, MSW is Uplift's newest clinician, and works as a Bilingual Family Services Clinician to Spanish speaking children and families. Previously, Chabeli volunteered at Uplift in 2016, where she became passionate about implementing a trauma informed approach with the children and families that she worked with.

Chabeli received an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Temple University in 2017 and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021 amidst a global pandemic. During her master’s program, Chabeli interned at Uplift as a Master’s Leveled Clinician in 2020 and received a plethora of clinical experience and training regarding grief. Given her clinical and personal experience, Chabeli holds a caring and empathetic approach with the children and Families she works with.

Now Hiring: Director of Development
The Director of Development is responsible for actively supporting the fundraising and communications activities of Uplift Center for Grieving Children. The Director works closely with the Executive Director, the Board Chair, the Development Committee and Board members to identify, solicit, and steward gifts in support of Uplift Center for Grieving Children’s mission. This includes but is not limited to assisting in the annual appeals, expanding corporate support, cultivating major gifts, overseeing grants, and events. The Director of Development will also plan and implement public relations and marketing activities in this role. The Director of Development will work with their team to continually raise the visibility of the organization in the community through public relations and communications, including but not limited to media outreach, the website, and social media. The Director of Development manages a team of two – a full-time Development and Communication Associate and a part-time Grant Writer.  

For those interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to Patrick Oleskey, Director of Operations, at
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Save The Date: 20th Annual Golf Invitational
Uplift celebrates 20 years of holding our invitational golf outing this fall! Join us on Monday, October 4 at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Stay on the lookout for details including sponsorships, underwriting, and foursome packages.
"Creating Connections" Drop-In Virtual Program Series Concludes
This June and July, Uplift clinicians launched Creating Connections, a new summer program that offered children and their caregivers opportunities to meet virtually, relax, and connect. "It felt as though creating a space for fun and restorative activities was what the students needed in this particular season of their journeys," shared Samantha Anthony, MS, one of the clinicians who led Creative Connections sessions. "The students seemed to enjoy all the activities, but I would say that they enjoyed a music mashup activity and Pictionary the most. One student really wished that we had scheduled more sessions and would have liked to come for the whole summer."

For more information and additional resources, visit the Creating Connections microsite

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