Commending HOPE for Bereaved upon the occasion of celebrating its 35th Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending HOPE for Bereaved upon the occasion of
celebrating its 35th Anniversary

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those institutions in our community that, year after year,
diligently provide services for those who are grieving upon the loss of
a loved one; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to
commend HOPE for Bereaved upon the occasion of celebrating its 35th
Anniversary, recognizing its importance to the community and the inte-
gral role it has played and continues to play in the lives of so many;
WHEREAS, In 1978, HOPE for Bereaved was established in Syracuse, New
York, by Therese Schoeneck, who was forced to cope with the death of her
21-year-old daughter; and
WHEREAS, Determined that something positive would come from the death
of her daughter, Therese Schoeneck saw a need in the Central New York
community to provide support services for grieving parents dealing with
the death of a child; and
WHEREAS, What began in 1978 with services for parents has greatly
expanded over the past three and a half decades; and
WHEREAS, Today, HOPE for Bereaved is a not-for-profit community organ-
ization dedicated to providing services free-of-charge to grieving chil-
dren, adults, and families in the community; and
WHEREAS, Families, friends, businesses, and healthcare professionals
often turn to HOPE for Bereaved for training, guidance, and resources
when grieving; and
WHEREAS, The many services offered by HOPE for Bereaved include one-
to-one counseling, support groups, books, a telephone hotline, and a
"HOPEline" newsletter free-of-charge to grieving families and community
members; and
WHEREAS, To help the Central New York community deal with grief, HOPE
regularly offers bereavement workshops for daycare providers, employers
dealing with grief in the workplace, staff at hospitals, and individuals
with developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Thousands of people annually remember their loved ones at the
Butterfly Garden of HOPE, a memorial to those who have died and a symbol
of hope to the living; and
WHEREAS, HOPE for Bereaved strives to expand its outreach services and
programs to grieving children and teens; and
WHEREAS, To do so, HOPE for Bereaved initiated its "Butterfly Art
Project" in 2009, for schools to create art in memory of loved ones so
that students understand grief and express their feelings; and
WHEREAS, Over the years, HOPE for Bereaved volunteers have joined
Therese Schoeneck in helping to provide services, and to let the Central
New York community know that HOPE is there for people who need it; and
WHEREAS, In addition, about 400 volunteers stay very active throughout
the year organizing a number of fundraisers to help HOPE continue to
operate; and
WHEREAS, HOPE for Bereaved annual events include a run-walk event, a
golf tournament, and the Celebration of HOPE Dinner; and
WHEREAS, Today, HOPE for Bereaved's services are used locally,
nationally, and internationally, and touch the lives of over 10,000
people of all ages; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that those organ-
izations and individuals who enhance the quality of life in their commu-

nity certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend HOPE for Bereaved upon the occasion of celebrating its 35th
Anniversary, and to recognize the 35 years the staff and volunteers of
HOPE for Bereaved have offered support services to the thousands of
grieving children, adults, and families each year; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Therese Schoeneck, Founder and Executive Director of HOPE for


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