As a nonprofit dedicated to providing healing to children and adults grieving a loss, New Hope Center for Grief Support knew they couldn’t let social distancing stop them from serving their community. While a switch to teleconference programming for support groups and workshops has worked over the past few months, in-person programming is crucial for those healing from grief.
Because of this, New Hope Center was committed to hosting their annual Kids Camp as an in-person, socially-distanced event. But with 60 attendees and counselors to account for, they needed PPE to do it. Colleen Agrotis, the center’s office administrator, quickly got to work searching for a PPE provider. Due to the nonprofit operating solely off of donations and grants, affordability was a major factor.
Agrotis discovered Sure Solutions PPE shortly into her search and got in touch with Mary Buchzeiger, CEO, to discuss a possible discount. Inspired by the mission of the camp and the organization, Buchzeiger decided to donate the required PPE free of charge.
“Mary was so easy to work with. Quick to reply, professional and gracious in her donation,” said Agrotis. “Once I found her and Sure Solutions, I knew I didn’t need to look any further.”
The New Hope Kids Camp was a two-day, outdoor event designed for kids ages 5 to 14 seeking healing and grief support after the loss of a loved one. With the help of essential PPE, kids were able to participate in a range of programming, including equestrian and musical therapy, kids yoga, camp adventures and working with farm animals also navigating the loss of a parent or child.
“Virtual programming limits the emotional experiences created with in-person connection, even when socially distanced,” said Agrotis. “Having the PPE we needed allowed for a much more powerful and meaningful camp for the kids.”
The PPE was essential in the smooth operation of the camp. If kids arrived without a mask, there were plenty on hand. That meant less time worrying about PPE and more hands on camp experiences. Premade kits also made the experience seamless and saved the staff time and energy.
“It was so easy to drop the premade kits into the kids’ camp backpacks and they were set to go,” said Agrotis. “Mary even included a little toy in each kit that they had fun with.”
Sure Solutions’ PPE donation will continue to benefit New Hope Center into the future as they prep for a partially in-person workshop focused toward adults.
“We appreciate partnerships that help us do what we do, and that’s supporting our community,” said Agrotis. “We look forward to working with Sure Solutions again in the future.”