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December 17, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Saundra Connett

Unlike most kids, Saundra Connett's 11-year-old great-grandson Vincent looked forward to the first day of the week. "[Vincent] was cheerful on Mondays, man, he couldn't wait to come home from school to go to Amanda the Panda" said Connett. EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program was no playground or amusement park. However, it was a place to where Vincent felt comfortable and could face his grief. Vincent lost his great-grandfather, Victor Connett Sr., in 2017. But "Paa," as Vincent fondly called Victor, was more than just an elderly family relation. About a decade ago, the Connetts took responsibility for raising Vincent.

December 10, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Madee Carder

Madee Carder almost didn't attend the class that would change her life. Like many grief support professionals, she took the scenic route on her journey to her life's passion, and ultimately, her role at EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program. "I have always known that I wanted to work with children and adolescents. So I actually started out going to school as an elementary education major," Carder explained. When a representative from Hamilton's Funeral home visited her children's literature class to talk about their grief and loss program, Carder was surprised to learn that such programs for children even existed. "The next day I was in my advisor's office changing my major [to] Child, Adult and Family Services" she recalled.

December 3, 2018 A Story from Our Hospice Houses: Dena Williams

Death altered every aspect of Dena Williams' life. "Someone said it's life altering, and it really is. It doesn't matter how old you are. I'm 50 and I can't imagine anything harder ever happening to me than losing my parents," she explained while reminiscing about her late-father's time at EveryStep's Kavanagh House on 56th Street. "It's very surreal, it's very surreal." Clyde Williams married Dena's mother when Dena was eight-years old. He raised her, along with her two brothers until they were old enough to live on their own. Even then, he was never far, living only a short distance away from where Dena settled down.

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2018 Annual Report to the Community

We celebrate our milestones, and we are proud of what we’ve achieved. But mostly, our eyes are on the future. Our vision is to be an innovative, forward-thinking organization with a common mission driving all of our programs. Now, that vision is coming to life with the launch of an updated mission statement and a new name for our organization.

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