Dougy Center provides grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share their experiences before and after a death. We provide support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children who are grieving.
Bottom Line for Portland
Every year, Dougy Center provides support to over 2,500 children, teens, young adults and their family members in the Portland Metro area who are grieving a death through our world-renowned peer-to-peer Grief Support Program. Our unique approach providing peer support groups offers an opportunity for children and teens to express their emotions — all of their emotions — and can help families find a path in grief. We know from the thousands of children and families who have walked through the doors of Dougy Center that newly grieving children need support and understanding - from their friends, family, school, and community and the impact of the pandemic has led to the highest volume of requests for our services in our organization’s history. Donating to Dougy Center ensures that grief support is available at no expense to families who are grieving and ensures that resources are available at no cost to the Portland Metro community when supporting children in grief is needed.
“Dougy Center has been an invaluable resource. I consider myself to be a very intentional, resourceful, and protective mother when it comes to my children. However, I, alone, was not capable of managing their grief. Dougy Center can help to process and unpack all of those big feelings that can consume the hearts of adults and children alike.” -Dougy Center Parent
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dougy Center is committed to ensuring that our grief support resources and peer support groups are welcoming, accessible, relevant, and meaningful for all members of our community. We are committed to lowering barriers to our services, particularly for families who have been historically marginalized. Our goal is to provide a safe place for all children and families who are grieving a death, with increased recognition of societal, cultural, and historical factors that may impact grief and access to services. Dougy Center peer support groups are always provided at no cost for families and families have access to our services and resources for the rest of their lives. Our commitment is to engage staff, board members, volunteers, program participants, and the broader community in the dialogue as described, and to take active steps toward building an organization that is representative of the families in our community. Dougy Center is committed to actively supporting equity and inclusion in all facets of our organization, both internally and externally, through our outreach, services, policies, procedures, and organizational culture.
Two tickets to a Portland Trailblazer game during the 2022-2023 regular season, with thanks to Pacific Office Automation. The winner will be randomly drawn amongst all Dougy Center Give!Guide donors. PDX Platters is partnering with Dougy Center to offer a 10% discount on your next delicious PDX Platters order. PDX Platters specializes in personalized charcuterie packs that are thoughtfully combined. PDX Platters is honored to help support Dougy Center's work with children and families who are grieving.