This month, the Highmark Caring Place in Lemoyne, a free grieving support service, is marking its 10th anniversary.
The service is billed as A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, and also has facilities in Erie, Pittsburgh and Warrendale.
The Lemoyne stats for the decade include serving 1,200 families from Central Pennsylvania, including more than 2,000 children, and amassing more than 63,000 hours of time from community volunteers, according to a news release.
The past year has brought a Caring Place initiative focusing on establishing partnerships with local schools by raising awareness of the needs of grieving children and providing training to teachers, counselors and administrators on how to support children who are experiencing grief.
Also, in 2012 Caring Place formed a partnership with cyberschool Commonwealth Connections Academy. Highmark described the partnership as the first of its kind in the country, reaching children across the state — from rural farm country to inner cities.
Caring Place is supported by Highmark and Caring Team for Children — schools, businesses, professional sports teams, corporations and community partners that work together to raise funds and increase community awareness for the needs of children.