Get Involved!

Fox Valley Hands of Hope offers a wide variety of support groups and programs that cater to every kind of grief. We also host fundraising and awareness events throughout the year.

The programs listed below are either single day sessions held once a year, or are on-going and held once every month in the year. Click here to learn more about our multi-week programs and individual counseling. Want to enroll in a program? Email griefsupport@fvhh.net to learn how to get involved.

The fundraisers listed below are either on-going or happening soon! Want to participate in a fundraiser? Email info@fvhh.net to see how you can help!

Events

Love golf? Why not play a round while supporting a great cause?  Mark your calendar now for Monday, August 5, 2024 at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Registration and sponsorship information now available here!!

Endeavor is a charity art exhibition, competition, and auction that will benefit local artists and Fox Valley Hands of Hope.

We are currently accepting applications for artists to be in the show. Click here to get the application.

Endeavor will be held on October 12, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and early-bird pricing is available until July 15, 2024! Click here to get your tickets.

Are you interest in hosting a Do-It-Yourself Fundraiser on behalf of Fox Valley Hands of Hope? Click here to learn more.

Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s Cheers to Hope! Watch this space for information on the 2025 event!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a night of chef-created comfort food benefiting Fox Valley Hands of Hope! Sunday, April 28, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Company 251, Aurora, IL was a wonderful evening and raised important funds for our no-cost grief supports. Stay tuned for details about the 2nd Annual Cuisine for a Cause coming in 2025!!

Enjoy photos of the event here

Programs

This program is for adults who have lost their fathers. As with all our programs, there is no cost to attend, but registration is required. To sign up, email Griefsupport@fvhh.net

This one-day nature retreat is for bereaved families with children ages 5- and up and will be held Saturday, July 27, 2024 from 9:00-5:00 pm at Kane County Forest Preserve Camp Tomo Chi Chi Knolls in Gilberts, IL.

While there is to cost to participate, space is limited. Applications are now being accepted at https://forms.office.com/r/yuTxsB3Ksi 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks will be provided.  

 

We’re excited for the return of “Grief Takes a Hike,” a weekend camp for bereaved families with children ages 7 and up at Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, Michigan. We’ll travel by bus from Fox Valley Hands of Hope on Friday, September 13 and return on Sunday, September 15.

There is no cost to participants and space is limited. Applications are now being accepted at https://forms.office.com/r/yuTxsB3Ksi

 

Our book club focuses on grief and growth. “Turning the Page” meets on the first and third Mondays of the month. Registered participants will receive an email with details about the book and pages to be discussed. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis. Copies are reserved at the St. Charles Public Library or can be purchased with a discount at Town House Books.

REGISTER HERE

 

This free six-week program is for families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced a death loss. The group meets on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm and starts with a meal before participants are welcomed into groups based on age, while adults will meet separately to receive support and learn about children’s grief.  

Registration is now open – to learn more, email Associate Executive Director Jacquelyn Jennings at jjennings@fvhh.net

 

This event has passed.

If interested in receiving the link for the recording of this webinar, please email griefsupport@fvhh.net

 

Join us at the National Alliance for Children’s Grief National Conference for an innovative and interactive workshop: The Multiverse of Grief: A Multicultural + Expressive Arts Approach to being in relationship with diverse grief narratives; A Grieving Hero’s Journey Through an Intersectional Identity Lens for Children + Adolescents. Delve into the intricate tapestry of grief as it performs across diverse cultural intersections. Participants will explore embodied grief through metaphorical lenses, drawing parallels with the transformative narratives found in the framework of a graphic novel, drawing from comic book narratives such as the X-MEN, Batman, and many many others.

This workshop introduces Drama Therapy and Role Theory + Methods, offering an expressive arts approach to grief work that considers cultural humility and social justice. Uncover grief roles specific to various communities, acknowledging the nuances of embodied grief. Through didactic and experiential learning processes, participants will engage in population and person centered grief planning.

We will broaden our understanding of grief beyond conventional boundaries, exploring collective, disenfranchised, suffocated, and non-death related grief. Delve into cultural responsibilities in serving youth populations, focusing on language, verbal and non-verbal communication, aesthetics, and the overall experience.

Pulling from the work of Joseph Campbel’s ‘Hero’s Journey’, participants will take away a tangible directive to support youth in relationship with their grief and bereavement narratives through the creation of their own Super Hero or Shero Graphic Novel.

This workshop promises a unique journey, weaving research and data into a rich fabric of exploration, fostering a connected and empathetic approach to grief across diverse cultural landscapes.

Continuing Education Credits are available.

 

 

M.A.L.E.S. is an on-going support group for men who have lost a loved one. The acronym stands for “Men After Loss Expressing themselves Safely.”

This drop-in group meets the second Saturday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m at the Grief Hope Center.  No registration is required.

Just come and join the conversation!  Donuts and coffee provided.

A seminar focused on helping process grief during the holiday season, including ways to incorporate loved ones into holiday traditions. 

Life After Caregiving is an on-going support group for former Caregivers who have lost a loved-one along with their role as a Caregiver.

 

This event has passed. Stay tuned for more educational opportunities coming in the near future!

FVHH will present a free 45-minute educational seminar on the psychopathology of grief on Wednesday, August 23. The program will be presented at 1:00 pm, and again at 6:30 pm. We invite you to learn about the cognitive science behind grief, why we grieve and what our brains are doing while we grieve.

While there is no cost to attend, space is limited and registration is required. Email atorres@fvhh.net before August 20, 2023 to reserve your spot.

 

This event has already occurred. Please watch this space for the 2025 date.

 

 

This event has already occurred. Please watch this space for the 2025 date.