*****Author’s Note: The following post was published on August 19, 2018 and has not been updated since its initial publication. As this post was written as part of a bigger, older project that has already ended, I do not intend on updating this post with new information about the organizations featured in it. This means some or all of the information in this or other posts in this series may be outdated by the time you read this post.
If you need the latest information on these organizations, it is your responsibility to conduct that research on your own. These posts can be used as a jumping off point for that research, but it is still your responsibility to look up these organizations on your own to verify whether or not their services still exist or will actually work for your needs.
***This blog post is part of a weekly series titled #SignalBoostSunday. This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***
This week on #SignalBoostSunday, we’re looking at two organizations that help local kids through particularly tough times.
One organization helps kids deal with the loss of parents and siblings. Another organization helps kids who are dealing with struggles in their home lives by providing fun reading parties, new pajamas and a storybook to help give them better, more restful nights of sleep.
1.) Kate’s Club
Founded in 2003, Kate’s Club is a non-profit that focuses on helping kids and teens deal with the loss of parents, primary caregivers and/or siblings. This organization provides emotional and social support for kids and teens by providing social events and grief support activities that allow the kids to heal “through fun and community.”
They offer social events (museum and theater outings, community service events). And they even have a spring/summer camp called Camp Good Mourning which is a combination of traditional fun summer camp activities (like swimming, hiking and arts and crafts) and grief support activities.
Kate’s Club serves the metro Atlanta area and is open to kids and teens ages 5 – 18. All social activities and support services are provided to the kids and their families free of charge.
The Pajama Program Reading Center helps local kids who have been abandoned, neglected or otherwise dealing with other issues that contribute to an unstable home life (such as homelessness), have access to a fundamental and positive childhood experience: the bedtime story.
This organization provides this experience by hosting Reading Parties for children that involve a one-on-one storytime with an adult volunteer, a healthy snack and then each child is presented with a new pair of pajamas. At the end of the event, each child also gets to pick out a free book as another gift from the Reading Center.
It’s also worth noting that the Pajama Program is a national organization and they do help teens and tweens as well, with programming that is appropriate for older children such as poetry programs and a financial literacy program called Money Matters.