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91 N. Saginaw
Pontiac, MI. 48342
Phone: (248) 830–4939
On July 4, 1996, Dean J. Samuel was violently killed at the age of 22, five months shy of becoming a father. This tragic event devastated his family! However, when his son was born, he brought with him joy and fond memories of his father…
Although he was surrounded by love, support, and guidance, the family could never fill the void of Dean Sr. within the the child of his namesake. This void became a hindrance in his progress as the family realized they could no longer protect him from the pain of his loss. But he, as others like him, needed to discover ways to handle this tragic situation in a healthy manner.
This foundation was birthed after realizing that suffering can give way to hopelessness and despair. We have joined together to not only encourage youth who have violently lost parents to SURVIVE, but to also empower them to THRIVE. By discovering the gift that is deposited inside each of us, they will begin to unlock the hidden treasure that brings meaning to life through HOPE and PURPOSE beyond the pain.
The death of a parent can be a very difficult and confusing time for a child. Children will deal with the death of a parent differently based on personal characteristics such as, life experience, age, personality, and ability to cope with stress. But the reaction of a child who suffers the violent death of a parent may take several forms. Some children may become anxious, fearful, or withdrawn. These symptoms that are referred to as internalized problems, or taking fears inward.
On the other hand, children who witness violence may believe that the use of violence is justified and shows they are powerful. They may learn to use violence to attain their wishes, or to identify with the aggressor as a way to solve interpersonal conflict with the adult world, or with their peers. These children show externalized problems.
Past research, on the inter-generational cycle of violence, indicates that adults who were traumatized as children are more likely to commit crimes at a later age. To avoid this repetition it is important to provide intervention at an early age to children who are exposed to, or are victims of, community violence.
Mission Statement: It is our MISSION to offer victim advocacy, grief support, and case management to families and children of murdered parents.
Age Appropriate Grief Counseling
Play Therapy: Ages 3-11