I Have a Friend ® Mentors
“Will I ever be normal again?” Those words, spoken over a decade ago by a 12-year-old boy whose father had recently died, sparked the creation of Hospice of Santa Barbara’s innovative I Have a Friend® mentor program.
By matching a trained adult volunteer who has experienced the death of a parent or sibling at a young age with a child newly coping with a similar death, the child is given a companion for the journey; one who truly understands the incredible loss as well as obstacles that will be encountered in the years ahead.
We know death and grief are part of life’s journey, but, for children and teens the death of a parent or sibling can be paralyzing and overwhelming.
While their lives will be forever changed, the goal of the I Have a Friend® program is to light the way for children experiencing this most intimate loss. I Have a Friend® mentors are living proof to grieving children that there will be hope, happiness, and wholeness – they will be normal again.
Hospice of Santa Barbara is seeking adults that have experienced the death of a parent of sibling as a child to make a difference in a child's life by joining the I Have a Friend ® Program.
To learn more, or to apply, click here to download the application or please contact Nicole Romasanta at (805) 563-8820.
Mentor training will take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on two consecutive Saturdays, September 8 and September 15.