In 2015-2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, only 1 in 14 children in Georgia experienced the death of a parent or sibling before age 18. Georgia is one of six states that accounts for more than half of U.S. children bereaved by COVID-10. It also has the second highest number of Black children bereaved by the pandemic.
Grief & Growth at Kate's Club
At Kate's Club, we have served more than 20,000 children, families and young adults since 2003, through both direct service and outreach programs. While we help our families grow through grief, we also continue to grow: by populations we serve, regions we serve, and by services available.
Kate's Club started with Clubhouse peer support programs for kids ages 5-18. In 2013, we launched our KC Connects outreach program, which includes education, advocacy and peer support outside our walls. In 2023, we started serving young adults ages 18-30.
Knowing the impact of our programs, we have expanded throughout Georgia with increased outreach throughout the state, as well as direct services in Albany, Athens, Brunswick, Cobb County and Newnan. Several of these counties have high childhood bereavement rates affected by COVID-19.
Growing by Service Offerings
Our 2019 strategic plan outlined our efforts to improve our programs' accessibility with online grief support. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated this initiative, and we offered our first virtual program in 2020. We continue to offer virtual programs and have even developed Kate's Hub, an online platform for 24/7 peer-to-peer connection and access to grief resources.
Georgia's Grieving Families Need You
Today, in honor of National Grief Awareness Day, please consider giving the gift of grief support in your community. Your donation directly impacts Kate's Club children and teens, their families, and young adults.
Learn more about the impact you can make with the gift of grief support by reading the stories of our families and team members.