Grief (n): deep sorrow, especially that’s caused by someone’s death.

It’s all around us and is inevitable but we still never think it’s going to happen to someone we know.  The heartbreak of grief can sometimes seem unbearable, especially to children who have a hard time understanding the “why.”  Olivia’s House provides a safe haven for children, teens and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Their organization remains the first of its kind in the Hanover, York and surrounding areas and continues to help over thousands of children and families at no-cost for over 20 years!

At Yazoo, we view our philanthropic efforts as investments to enhance the quality of life of people and non-profit organizations.  We recognize that our contributions will help these organizations maintain and expand their services, with our gift touching the lives of many.  Which is exactly why we have been partnering with Olivia’s House for many, many years as a Mortgage Angel, Walk to Remember sponsor, WINGS program sponsor and more.

In a letter from Leslie Delp, Founder and Bereavement Specialist, she says “Please accept a big HUG from all the folks at Olivia’s House as we received your generous gift of $10,000 to support the WINGS program and the children’s bereavement programs at Olivia’s House!”  She continues to say “Our mission is almost two decades young! Everything we do to support children and their families after the death of someone they love is only possible because people like you reach their hands out to help us in this way!”

A portion of Yazoo’s $10,000 donation was put to use as a Gold Sponsor for their Walk to Remember event and for their Holly Jolly holiday party at Heritage Hills which helped families face the holidays with grace and confidence.  We are thankful to have such a wonderful organization in our area to help children and families who are grieving and look forward to continuing our partnership with Olivia’s House!

      

It has been two years since Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children, opened their doors and hearts to the town of Hanover, PA.  Since that time, they have served over 50 families and a total of 62 children through their “Hearts Can Heal” program.  As a non-profit organization, they are not able to do all that they do without the support of many generous donors.  Yazoo Mills will become a Mortgage Angel for the second time, donating $1,500 to Olivia’s House in Hanover for the month of November 2016.

The Hanover location is located at 101 Baltimore Street and is a 15-room facility which serves to meet children’s grief and loss needs in the greater Hanover community.  Olivia’s
House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families such as Pre-Death Support, Peer Support Programs, WINGS – Social Support, Lending Library, Educational Support, Professional Adjunct Services, and Pet Loss Services.

Our donation and support will play an integral role in helping sustain central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland’s premier grief and loss center for children.

For more information on Olivia’s House and how you can help, please click here

Giving back to the community has always been a priority of Yazoo Mills’ for decades, with numerous organizations receiving donations from the company.  In October 2013, Yazoo Mills presented Olivia’s House with a $5,000.00 check to help bring their new grief center to Hanover, PA.  The money was also used to sponsor the Elementary Play Area at the new Hanover facility.

“Equipped with grief-related toys and games, the play room serves our youngest grievers, whether they are preschool or elementary school age, and facilitates grief-work through play.  Whether they are enjoying the doll house or the fire house, all of the children are able to share their grief stories with our staff.  The mural in the Elementary Play Area, painted by Dirk Shearer, is a favorite with all of the children,” says Jim Poster, Development Director at Olivia’s House.

For more information on Olivia’s House, please visit www.oliviashouse.org