Staff Spotlight: Welcome Kim Fox and Kerry Quinn!

The Center would like to thank the two newest employees to the team: Kerry Quinn, Finance Director of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas and Kimberly Fox, LPC Intern, serving as a counselor at Paloma Place in Floresville. We’re excited to have you both part of the family. Welcome to the team!! If you run into either one of them in the near future, make sure you stop to welcome them to the team. 

Kimberly Fox, LPC Intern, MA, NCC
Counselor at Paloma Place

Kimberly Fox, LPC Intern, MA, NCC
Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S
Counselor at Paloma Place

Kim is a recent graduate of the Texas State University Professional Counseling program. Her passion has always been working with underserved children and adolescents. Her background is in improvisational theater and art, and Kim specializes in trauma and complex, traumatic grief. Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy, Solution Focused, and Psychoanalytic based therapies, and she is able to incorporate intense therapeutic work through creativity with clients of all ages. Kim has served as the Communications Chair for the San Antonio Society of Psychoanalytic Studies since 2016, and has two cats, Mr. Deets and Tippytoe.

Kerry Quinn, Finance Director at the
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas

Kerry Phillip Quinn has worked as a non-profit executive for the past 21 years.  Kerry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  In 2003, she earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UTSA.

Kerry Quinn, Finance Director
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas

Kerry is the proud mother of a 23-year old daughter, Ella, and son-in-law, Dalton, who serves in the Navy and is stationed at Point Loma.  In 2013, she married Chris — and his three sons.  The three live in Denver, Palmdale, CA and Austin, proudly making the couple empty nesters.  Kerry & Chris are both members of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, with Kerry serving both at the club and district level.  She is also the treasurer of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, where she’s served on the board for two years.  Kerry is an active volunteer with Texas Public Radio and Impact San Antonio.  She and her husband reside in Olmos Park and remain active in both Boerne and San Antonio with volunteer involvement and community support.

Help Design the Center’s 2019 Fiesta Medal!

CBCST’s 2018 Fiesta Medal, designed by Core Creative

For the past several years, you and your family may have seen the Center’s float in the River Parade or even seen us at Fiesta Fiesta, selling our Fiesta medals to raise awareness about the needs of grieving children in our community.

This year the Center is asking our supporters to help design the 2019 Fiesta medal for the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas! You may come up with your own design for the medal, but we also have some templates below to help get the creative juices flowing. All submissions must be received by Friday, November 2nd by 5pm and the winners will be announced the following Monday on our Facebook page.

Submissions can either be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

CBCST
Attn: Fiesta Medal Contest
205 W. Olmos Drive
San Antonio, TX 78212

If you would like more information on the Fiesta Medal Contest or would like to sponsor the 2019 Fiesta Medal, please contact Franchesca Velten at [email protected] or call the Center at 210-736-4847, ext. 244.

**Make sure to include your name and contact information on your submission!!**

Fiesta Medal Templates:
Heart
Butterfly
Blank Circle
Design Your Own!

Another summer coming to an end…

This past July was the second year that the Center’s Camp Heroes had the pleasure of partnering with  Hermann Sons Life to provide a Grief Support Camp at Hermann Sons Hilltop Campsite in Comfort, Texas. This camp was a momentous occasion that it was our largest camp to date: 63 campers ages 6-17! The Center provided 18 staff and volunteers to conduct various the grief activities for the group. Activities ranged from a ropes course, to volleyball, drum circles, soccer/basketball,  swimming, dancing, and so much more!!

If you are interested in more information regarding the Center’s grief camps or would like to refer someone, please contact the Center at 
(210) 736-4847 or email [email protected]

Happy Birthday to Wonders & Worries in San Antonio!

The Center had a great month celebrating the ONE Year Anniversary since the our partnership began with Austin-based nonprofit, Wonders & Worriesand the START Center for Cancer Care. Being the first of its kind in the San Antonio area, the program provides much needed support to children and their families who have been given a life-threatening diagnosis. In the first year that we’ve been operating in the San Antonio office, we’ve hired two staff members and have a wait list for services. 

As long as the need continues, you can count on this partnership to be there and we’re proud to be a part of the solution for San Antonio families. 

Call 210-307-4853 for more information on services for you and your family.

Paloma Place is Now OPEN in Floresville!!

For the past several months, the Center’s staff has been called on to assist with the response efforts for the church shooting in Sutherland Springs. Counselors from the Center were called on  immediately to provide guidance and support for teachers and counselors in both La Vernia and Floresville schools and has continued to be on-site in the community since that time. 


From left to right: Marilyn Grubbs, JoAnn Flores, Ashley Jesse (Program Director), Taylor Brown and Sara Mann.

The Children’s Bereavement Center, in partnership with the University of Texas in San Antonio’s Academy for Crisis and Trauma Training, is pleased to announce the opening of Paloma Place, a counseling center in Wilson County. This collaborative partnership is funded in part through a grant from the Victims of Crime Act, Whataburger, a gift from the San Antonio Area Foundation and designated support from caring friends of the Center. Paloma Place is a replication of the program established in San Antonio in 1997 and will utilize innovative programming for children and families developed by the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.  

Paloma Place is now open to the community and ready to greet you with open arms. Photographed above from left to right: Marilyn Grubbs, JoAnn Flores, Ashley Jesse (Program Director), Taylor Brown and Sara Mann. Stop by Paloma Place at 140 Paloma Drive in Floresville, TX and say hello this wonderful group! 

You can also check out the website at www.PalomaPlace.org.

Silver & Black Gives Back!

Silver & Black Give Back (SBGB) has awarded over $240,000 in facility grants to seven local nonprofits, whose programs serve the youth of San Antonio and support SBGB’s mission to empower youth through service and sports. Grant recipients include Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio – Eastside Branch, SA Youth, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, SASTEMIC, YMCA of Coastal Bend, Young Women’s Christian Association, and Good Samaritan Community Services. 

Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas received a $35,535 facility grant from Silver & Black Give Back to build an outdoor therapeutic playground for its new Paloma Place Center, providing professional support to schools and families impacted by the loss of loved ones and neighbors. The Children’s Bereavement Center strives to help school staff of Floresville and La Vernia ISD in the aftermath of the Southerland Springs tragedy by bringing comfort, assistance and guidance with support extending to children and families. 

About Operation Renovation

Silver & Black Give Back’s Operation Renovation was implemented in 2014 to invest in the infrastructure of facilities that provide our students with safe places to play and learn the valuable life lessons gained through teamwork and competition. The funding is available to youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

About Silver & Black Give Back

Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in the community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams. Since 1988 coaches and staff have focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back through programs like the Spurs Youth Basketball League, Team Up Challenge and Operation Renovation. Together, our community has the power to empower and create lasting change throughout San Antonio. More information on Silver & Black Give Back can be found at SBGB.org.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT SILVER & BLACK GIVE BACK!!

2018 NAGC Symposium was a SUCCESS!

The Center was thrilled that the National Alliance of Grieving Children (NAGC) decided to host the 22nd Annual Symposium on Children’s Grief in San Antonio, Texas. As the local host for the event, the Children’s Bereavement Center opened it’s home to over 400 attendees to take a tour and get a first hand look at our facility. 

Special Appearance by Pet Partners

The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is proud to be a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and is honored to advocate for children in San Antonio and South Texas. 

The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families. Through the collective voice of our members and partners they educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. 

A special thank you to Jenifer Yi, Financial Services Professional at
New York Life San Antonio Office, for the event’s sponsorship.

4 Star Rating – Third Year in a Row!!

The Center is excited to announce that the non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator, has awarded the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas our third consecutive four-star rating!!

This is the highest possible rating and indicates that the Center adheres to the non-profit sector’s best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the Center exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Only 22% of the charities that Charity Navigator evaluates have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets the Center apart from others and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.

We couldn’t have received this top rating without you. Thank you for trusting us with your donations, your volunteer time and your good will. Your trust and support mean so much to the staff and the children and families we serve.

You can find our rating on Charity Navigator HERE and visit our website for more information about us.

Thank you for being a part of our mission to foster healing for grieving children, youth and their families in our community!!

 

I am the Superhero of My Life Story

Heroes and stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things are a huge part of children’s lives and have been the theme of this month’s activity during groups. At the Center we’ve been talking about what it means to be brave/courageous and what it means to be resilient.  This activity offers the opportunity to think about and talk about our innate strengths as super powers which help us make it through difficult times. 

We asked the children what does it mean to be a hero? And what does it mean to be brave? These questions gave them the opportunity to acknowledge and name some of their own strengths and recognize the strengths that their deceased loved one may have taught them. With all of these things in mind, we invited the children to design a Super Hero Cape for themselves. And our Pet Therapy Dogs joined in on the fun too.

Everyday the Center comes in contact with heroes in disguise… volunteers, donors, potluck partners, pet therapy dogs… everyone who makes this program possible is a hero in the eyes of the Center and the children that we serve. Thank you for all you do!

New Center coming to Floresville!!

The Center is pleased to announce the opening of Paloma Place, a children’s bereavement center in Wilson County. In partnership with the University of Texas-San Antonio’s Academy for Crisis and Trauma Training, the Center will provide grief services for residents of Sutherland Springs and the surrounding communities in the aftermath of the November 2017 tragedy. The Center’s staff has been providing support for the community since the tragic loss of lives occurred. This collaborative partnership is funded in part through a grant from The Victims of Crime Act, Whataburger, a gift from the San Antonio Area Foundation and designated support from caring friends of the Center.

Future home of Paloma Place in Floresville, Texas.

Paloma Place is a replication of the program established in San Antonio in 1997, with an additional center operating in the Rio Grande Valley to serve the residents of the border region of Texas. Each center utilizes innovative programming for children and families developed by Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas to provide healing and recovery for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Commenting on the new center in Wilson County, Executive Director Marian Sokol said, “We are all saddened by this tragedy that occurred only a few miles from our Center in San Antonio. We feel fortunate to have the expertise, resources, and earned confidence from leadership throughout Texas to respond to the needs of those who have been impacted by this tragic event.”

As more information on this program becomes available, it will be posted on our website at www.cbcst.org or please call the Center at (210) 736-4847.