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Adam’s Place Becoming a National Resource for Grief Support Organizations Around the United States

Local grief counseling nonprofit Adam’s Place, which has provided grief support programs around the valley for 13 years, is expanding onto the national stage.

The agency has been asked to train grief support organizations across the nation on how to establish its signature “Camp Cope” counseling program in other states. It is also hosting a national conference in late November for counselors and health care professionals from across the country.

Adam’s Place, founded in 2010, provides grief support services around the valley for children, teens, and families who have lost loved ones. At Camp Cope, trained volunteer facilitators lead sessions for different age groups, encouraging group members to express their feelings with others who are also going through the grieving process. The goals of Camp Cope are to make connections that help build resiliency and healthy coping skills.

“There is an acute need for grief support services in Southern Nevada,” says founder Kelly Thomas-Boyers, who noted that the number of bereaved families increased sharply during and immediately after the pandemic. “We estimate more than 22,000 children in Clark County in any given school year are coping with grief and loss. These children are at a far higher risk of depression, poor school performance and juvenile delinquency.”

The loss of a family member or loved one often disrupts the balance within a family, when emotions are running high, everyone is exhausted and difficult decisions to be made. Sometimes children are forced to take on the role of the missing parent. A parent’s death can be especially difficult for young children, affecting their sense of security or survival.

The Camp Cope program provides an opportunity for children, teens and adults to find support from both counselors and others their age who are experiencing the same pain.

“Experiencing grief alone is terrible, especially for children and teens who are confused, sad and angry, and don’t know how to express their emotions. Camp Cope can be a lifeline for families because it provides a confidential, safe space to share feelings and experiences,” says Thomas-Boyers.

Adam’s Place began training organizations locally and nationally to become certified to conduct Camp Cope programs in 2020. This work led Thomas-Boyers to recognize that a need exists for professional, standardized training in grief support services and best practices for therapists, school counselors, social workers and healthcare professionals across the nation.

The organization will hold its first national conference on children’s grief support groups on November 28 at the Roseman University campus. In addition to presentations from recognized experts in the field, the conference will include the Adam’s Place advanced facilitator training module, which demonstrates how to train community volunteers to be Camp Cope facilitators.

The organization isn’t stopping there. This year, it will expand educational opportunities even further through the establishment of the Adam’s Place Education and Training Marketplace, where interested professionals can take advantage of online training.

Thomas-Boyers notes that the new programs are being made possible through donations from BETFRED and the Palms Casino Resort/San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority.

“We are so grateful for their assistance in expanding our mission to help other communities,” she said. “This is helping us live our motto: that no child or teen should grieve alone.”

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About Adam’s Place

Since 2010, Adam’s Place has been creating sustainable grief support programs throughout the Southern Nevada community. The organization’s Camp Cope programs help children, teens and families cope with loss through grief support groups where trained volunteers help them build resiliency and healthy coping skills. Adam’s Place also partners with local hospitals, medical practices, hospices, and the Clark County School District to train grief counselors and connect those experiencing a loss with both crisis and long-term support resources. Adam’s Place currently serves more than 2,000 families a year, helping young hearts find hope and healing.

Adam’s Place is a Las Vegas 501©(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

News Media Opportunity

Adam’s Place founder and executive director Kelly Thomas-Boyers will be available for news media interviews on Thursday, November 9, at 8 a.m., at a sign illumination ceremony for National Children’s Grief Awareness Month at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Russell Road.

She will be joining Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom in illuminating the sign in blue and orange—blue for grief and orange for hope.

Senior staffer Dulce Diaz will also be on hand to provide information on-camera to Spanish-language media.


Trunk or Treat 2023 – Thank you Wynn Employee Foundation!

We want to thank the Wynn Employee Foundation for hosting tonight’s Trunk or Treat. But more importantly, we want to give our sincere thanks for their continued support of Adam’s Place. The Wynn Employee Foundation generously selected Adam’s Place to be the recipient of funds raised at their annual Spring Fling event. The employee contributions were matched by the Wynn Hotel and Casino to provide Adam’s Place with $42,000 to run Camp Cope programs. Because of their generosity we were able to expand to run groups in both Summerlin and Henderson and keep participation free for families. And they didn’t stop there… they continue to reach out and volunteer their personal time to support our mission that no child grieves alone. Adam’s Place would like to honor the Wynn Employee Foundation with our Champion for Children Award. Please join me in extending our appreciation with a round of applause for the Wynn Employee Foundation.

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2023 Champion for Children Award

The following awardees have been selected by Adam's Place to receive our 2023 Champion for Children Award.

Awardees were selected based on their contributions to Adam's Place and other children's charities in our community. Adam's Place believes they are shining lights for children, teens, and families. Adam's Place is grateful for the leadership and resources that our Champions for Children bring to improving the quality of life for children and teens in our community.

Winners will be joining the Champion for Children Alumnus, which includes other advocates and leaders for children in our community.

Here is our list of winners:

Tony Rose

Denise Cashman

Rhonda Woodruff

Josh Harris

Mandy and Bob Bernard

Alexis Cottman

Nathan Adelson Hospice Support Services Team

Catena Media - Business Awardee


Vintage & Vines 2021 Recap

Vintage Vines 2021

The 12th Annual Vintage & Vines benefitting Adam’s Place was a huge success! The Southern Nevada community came together on the evening of May 6th 2021 and raised nearly $19,500 dollars to support programs and services for kids, teens, and families coping with loss.

Our event partner, Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas, opened their beautiful showroom for our gala and biggest fundraiser of the year. Las Vegas Councilman Brian Knudsen made a special appearance and gave Adam’s Place a plaque recognizing the work our staff & volunteers have done for the community.

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The evening was also filled with live performances, along with a gorgeous spread of food and wine thanks to local entertainers and chefs. They include magician Vinny Grosso, singers Nieve & Gigi Malandra and Kelly Vohnn, jazz saxophonist Justin Young, and Rock Band Otherwise. Acclaimed Las Vegas chef  and Food Network’s “Chopped” winner, Johnny Church entertained guests with a cooking demonstration and served up delicious American classic dishes from his new restaurant “Johnny C’s Diner”.  Those attending the event also got to experience a delicious spread from our supporting restaurant, The Capital grille at the Fashion Show Mall.

The silent auction portion of the gala was also a critical part of our success and we want to thank everyone who placed a bid and won fabulous items. Vintage & Vines 2021 would not have met its goal without the support of our sponsors: Gaming Arts, House Advantage, United Healthcare, Sierra Air Conditioning  & Heating, Droisys, Las Vegas Review Journal, Mark & Anne Wayman, Rob & Holly Silvestri and Rick Yarnell.

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Adam’s Place currently works with more than 300 youth every year. Its core program “Camp Cope” targets youths ages 5-18 and equips them with healthy coping skills to move forward after losing their loved ones. There is also an “in-school” component to Camp Cope which expanded to 10 campuses across the valley in 2020. The non-profit also provides quarterly workshops on healthy coping skills for adults, along with training for teachers, counselors, and social workers.

Thank you to all who joined our mission and helped raise much needed funds for our Camp Cope program.  Together we build strong hearts and communities!

With thanks,
Kelly Thomas Boyers
Founder & Executive Director, Adam’s Place

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Helping Kids Cope with Loss During Coronavirus – News 8

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As families in the Las Vegas valley are dealing with the social separation caused by coronavirus, some parents wonder how to help their children cope during this time of uncertainty. Adults and children cope in different ways. Children often can’t fully understand what is happening and it can be scary. 8 News Now spoke with Kelly Thomas-Boyers, who is the founder of Adam’s Place, a place that helps children cope with loss and build healthy coping skills. Thomas-Boyers said their agency provides services that can help children get through this difficult time. They are using online meetings and phones to keep in contact and advise clients. Adam’s Place is offering “Camp Cope” and launching a “Superhero” membership club to help fund various programs for families throughout the year. They are also looking for new volunteers to help with their ongoing programs this fall. View original post: https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/helping-kids-cope-during-coronavirus/