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Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is looking for fun and compassionate volunteers. If you would like to help run a bereavement support group with children and/or teens then please consider joining our amazing team! The time commitment is one evening every two weeks from September through May. Volunteer training for next season's support groups will be at the end of July. For more information please email safeharbor@jefferson.edu or call 215-481-5983.

  • John and Deb Camp 2013
  • Painting
  • Safe Harbor participants
  • Safe Harbor participants
  • Memory Garden
  • Camp music
  • Rock garden
  • Cheltenham Group 2018

A program for grieving children, teens and their families

The loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver is a devastating experience for a child. Who can they talk to? Who will really listen? Their friends may shy away because they don’t know what to say. It’s also hard to talk to the surviving parent or family member because they are grieving as well.

The Safe Harbor program provides ongoing grief support groups for children, teens and their parents or caregivers. This is a caring environment where they can come for support and understanding. Safe Harbor is offered completely free of charge.

At Safe Harbor, we believe that it is a natural process to grieve after a loss. The duration and intensity of grief is unique for each individual. Support, caring and acceptance from other individuals provides people with a natural capacity to heal.

Safe Harbor Brochure
English Version (pdf)
Spanish Version (pdf)

Mission Statement

To provide ongoing support in a safe place, so that children, teens and young adults grieving the death of a loved one can share their experiences as they move through the healing process.

To provide parents with the necessary tools to understand and assist their grieving children and teens while supporting their grief through a parent/caregiver support group.

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History

Safe Harbor opened its doors on January 17, 2001 to serve 17 families and 26 children. To date, we have served 2,000 children, teens and young adults in our grieving community. All this is provided completely free of charge thanks to our fifty-plus dedicated and caring volunteers and generous financial support from donors.

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Learn more about the program here

You may also call 215-481-5983 or email us for more information.

Please watch this video (password SH2020!!) prior to contacting us regarding enrollment in the program.


The Holiday Grief Kit

The National Alliance For Grieving Children has created the following tool kit to help grieving families navigate this holiday season.

Safe Harbor in the News

Safe Harbor on Fox29

Heide Marcelis, program coordinator for Safe Harbor, spoke to Fox29 about the program's 20th anniversary, Camp Charlie and the positive impact of expressive arts.