ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The New York Life Foundation recently announced Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center (NIHGC) is the recipient of a $15,000 grant as part of a national effort to help expand grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.
"The New York Life Foundation awarded us $5,000 more than we originally requested, and it's pretty rare in grant world to receive more than you ask for," NIHGC Executive Director Lisa Novak said. "Our financial strength and ability to sustain children's grief programs were the primary reasons. We are very proud of our work and so thankful for the New York Life Foundation's generous support of Rockford children and teens."
With the help of the New York Life Foundation grant, NIHGC expanded grief support from two to three days in Rockford Public Schools and now offers after school grief support sessions in several Rockford community centers..
"Rockford Public Schools is deeply grateful for the level of quality support we receive from Northern Illinois Hospice," Executive Director of Communication and Community Empowerment Earl Dotson Jr., said. "This is another community collaboration that directly benefits our students and demonstrates the commitment and belief that by working together we can achieve great things. We congratulate Northern Illinois Hospice on obtaining this grant to help continue the great work they are doing."