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A Compass of Compassion

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A Compass of Compassion
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As each day passes Lynn Kiefer, the NorthStar Coordinator, takes out her guiding star and aims to create compassion for the 165+ children and youth across the county. In putting a program together, there is thoughtful consideration for each age and each needs of the individual kid. Some might prefer support groups, or art therapy. Some might thrive with the events as they make memories with their family and others may read quietly a book provided by NorthStar. No matter what, no child or youth walks without the guiding hand of staff. Parents too are considered, as they know their own child so well. Tools and support, listening ears and resources that can lead to important conversations.

None of this can happen with the support of gifts to the program. Grants are written, wish lists are fulfilled and in-kind services or products are regularly brought to the offices. Within the Foundation, Lynn can request funds for the items she needs or looks to us to find gifted meals, snacks or tickets for use by the program. It doesn’t take long to realize that feeding a kid some pizza and working with them and others can build trust and relationship as kids struggle with grief. The most endearing part of the program is the fact that any kid in Brevard County can access this program. You do not need to be associated with St. Francis, you just need to be a kids who has lost a loved one. And there is always room for one more. Special thank you to Geraldine L. Cabic Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation for Brevard, Titusville Pilot Club, The Home Depot, the Space Coast Health Foundation Dale Behavioral Health Grant and Space Coast Realtors Association for partnering with the NorthStar Program to change the lives of families in Brevard County.

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