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2015 In the Metro Denver area alone, an estimated 30,000 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18. That number climbs to more than 60,000 for the state of Colorado, and more than 4,000,000 nationally. For youth up to the age of 25, these numbers more than double.


Core Strategic Initiatives Judi’s House and JAG Institute are preventing complications of unaddressed grief and trauma by providing comprehensive services to bereaved children and families, and sharing knowledge with those who care for them. We promote healthy adjustment in grieving children and families through our three core strategic initiatives: Direct Services: Providing Comprehensive Grief Care® Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in Metro Denver devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families. The Comprehensive Grief Care® Model developed at Judi’s House integrates collective knowledge drawn from community, practice, and research partners. We promote connection and healing through group, individual, and family grief counseling at Judi’s House, as well as groups in schools and community organizations throughout Metro Denver. Evaluation and Research: Advancing the Field Successful integration of research and practice at Judi’s House has yielded the largest known dataset focused on understanding the needs of bereaved children and families. This insight sets us apart—both locally and nationally—from other grief care approaches. By bridging academic research, program evaluation, and real world practice, we have garnered knowledge that informs our model of care, promotes quality and excellence, and guides professional practice. Training and Education: Increasing Access by Building Workforce Capacity We are committed to raising public awareness about the needs of grieving children and families while training professionals in best practices. Our clinical staff provides over 1,200 hours of in-depth training to graduate-level interns and postgraduate trainees annually. Educational and professional development workshops target schools, universities, service agencies, professional associations and academic conferences. With the establishment of JAG Institute, we will expand our capacity to train and educate other professionals in our innovative Comprehensive Grief Care® Model, developing a network of providers to better meet the needs of grieving children and families in our community and beyond.


Our Vision:

Our Mission:

Our Values:

No child should be alone in grief.

To help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing.

Compassion. Accountability. Respect.


A message from Co-Founders Brook and Brian Griese For more than 13 years, Judi’s House has provided grief care to

over 7,700 bereaved children and caregivers free of charge. These courageous families teach us about the struggles of grieving children, and the interventions necessary to best meet their needs. They help us build strong, evidence-based services that pave the way for additional bereaved children to receive critical care. JAG Institute, also named in memory of Judith Ann Griese, is our center of excellence and learning that complements the work of Judi’s House, allowing us to reach grieving children and families near and far. As we continue to grow our long-standing training and research efforts, we are expanding our capacity to provide the same quality programs we deliver on-site at Judi’s House in communities throughout Colorado and beyond. With your partnership, Judi’s House and JAG Institute are poised to make big changes in the field of childhood bereavement. Through the growing education, research, and policy efforts of JAG Institute, our aim is to make childhood bereavement a greater priority in our society, and promote systems of care that allow every grieving child in need, regardless of location, access to evidence-based support. Our 2015 Impact Report highlights our accomplishments through our three core strategic initiatives. Thank you for your commitment to supporting grieving children and their families. We could not do this valuable work without your friendship and partnership.

Board of Directors: Brian Griese Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Judi’s House and JAG Institute, Denver, CO ESPN Analyst, Former NFL Quarterback, Denver, CO Melissa Corrado-Harrison Managing Director-Wealth Management, Senior Portfolio Manager Private Wealth Advisor, UBS, Denver, CO Megan Fearnow Senior Vice President of Marketing Services, Powdr Corporation, Denver, CO Phil Hicks Managing Partner, David Hicks & Lampert Brokerage, LLC, Greenwood Village, CO Kasia Iwanickzo MacLeod Senior Vice President and Local Market Manager, Bank of America, Denver, CO David Palmer Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Denver, CO

Brook and Brian Griese Co-Founders

Lem Smith

Leadership Team: Top left to right:

Director, US Government & Regulatory Affairs, Encana Oil & Gas, Denver, CO Leo Tokar

Micki Burns, Ph.D., Director of Programs and Education; Kyle Covell, Director of Finance and Operations

Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies, Inc., Denver, CO

Bottom left to right:

Partner, Armstrong & Wickliff Commercial Real Estate, Denver, CO

Brook Griese, Ph.D., Executive Director and Co-Founder; Margaret Bachrach, Director of Development and Communications; Samantha A. Farro, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation and Research; Ayelet Talmi, Ph.D., Senior Strategist

John D. Wickliff


Direct Services

What Does Judi’s House Do? Judi’s House provides support to children and families grieving a death. Services are provided in English and Spanish, to youth ages 3 to 25 and their caregivers. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss and handle future challenges. Our preventive Comprehensive Grief Care® Model fills a crucial gap in meeting the needs of grieving children and families. Current systems of care often lack professional assessment and services that address complications and trauma reactions common among bereaved youth and families. Our core program, Pathfinders, uses a research-based curriculum developed and evaluated at Judi’s House. It is a strength-based, systems approach focused on restorative processes for helping grieving children and families stay on track developmentally by mitigating risk factors and strengthening protective factors. Parallel Pathfinders groups for children of various ages and their caregivers provide for developmentally appropriate, individually tailored services.



823 Individuals served in grief counseling groups at Judi’s House

140 Youth served in grief counseling groups in our community





Caregivers Unique individual clients


11,341 Direct service hours provided by Judi’s House program team


volunteer hours


Community-Based Care With more than 1,700 newly bereaved children each year in the Metro Denver area alone, our community needs expanded access to quality grief-focused, trauma-informed behavioral health services. While Judi’s House serves a significant portion of these families, many are not able to come to our center due to barriers such as distance, transportation, work conflicts, child care, and other life stressors. In order to increase access to care and meet the needs of more grieving children, in 2015 we established a Community-Based Care Team. This team of experienced grief care specialists are addressing the gap in services by bringing best practices from the Comprehensive Grief Care® Model to accessible community-based settings. By partnering with local schools and community organizations, we were able to serve more grieving children. In 2015, we provided 18 Pathfinders groups in the following community locations: Campus Middle School Century Middle School

Number of volunteers

Columbia Middle School Force Elementary/Boys & Girls Club Hill Campus of Arts and Science Middle School Lakewood High School


Laredo Middle School

Attendees at Memorial Event

McAuliffe Middle School North Middle School


Participants in Hope for the Holidays


Teen photographers entered in annual showcase

Oberon Middle School


Prairie Middle School Shadow Ridge Middle School Silver Hills Middle School Vaughn Elementary School Westlake Middle School


Evaluation and Research

Advancing the Field of Child Bereavement We are committed to conducting evaluation and research of our programs at Judi’s House to continuously improve the services we provide. Since 2005, we have amassed the largest known dataset of its kind on bereaved children and families. The diversity within our population offers a very important advantage, providing the potential to characterize the needs of grieving children and families and contribute detailed practical guidance to the field.

2015 Developed a highly effective in-house Evaluation and Research Department, including the recruitment and hiring of three additional staff

In 2015, our Evaluation and Research team was expanded to allow for the growth of our initiative, which conducts rigorous, academiclevel, clinical research on childhood bereavement in collaboration with the University of Colorado. The sole aim of this research vision is to advance the field by informing best practices and standards of care in childhood bereavement. Our knowledge base, in addition to our measurable impact, will allow us to affect policy change regarding the needs of bereaved families.


Produced 43 new operating procedure manuals to ensure meticulous consistency and application of research best practices in all efforts

Evaluation and Research findings show that after only 10 weeks of our Pathfinders program:

60% of children with disruptive levels of grief-related distress showed improved scores


87% of adult caregivers with clinically significant levels of depressive symptoms showed improved scores

74% of adult caregivers with clinically significant symptoms of complicated grief showed improved scores

Training and Education



We offered new Spanish-speaking resources, and added three bilingual program staff and two bilingual trainees



Graduate and post-graduate trainees at Judi’s House

Graduate and post-graduate trainee’s hours

1,798 Individuals receiving education and outreach via local and national presentations and events

Provided education and outreach through consultations, resource fairs, and presentations, including: Elevating the Conversation Conference, University of Denver 2015 Bridging the Divide Symposium, Regis University 19th Annual National Alliance for Grieving Children Symposium, Portland, Oregon

Increasing Access by Building Workforce Capacity Each year, Judi’s House provides intensive training to graduate students in fields such as social work, psychology, and counseling. The internship program serves to strengthen the workforce ensuring grieving children and families in our community receive appropriate care from informed clinicians. In addition, we provide external grief and trauma training, education, and outreach locally, regionally, and nationally. Partnership with Denver Area Universities Judi’s House is proud to be an approved clinical internship and practicum site for many local universities’ masters and doctoral degree programs. We also offer postgraduate training to early career professionals interested in learning our model of care. Our trainees are able to apply this knowledge in their own practice settings, including community mental health centers, schools, private practice, and primary care settings. Denver Area Universities’ students participating in our 2015 training program: Colorado Christian University Master of Arts in Counseling Denver Seminary Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Naropa University Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy Naropa University Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Regis University Master of Arts in Counseling Regis University Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy University of Colorado at Denver Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology University of Denver Doctor of Psychology University of Denver Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology University of Denver Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology University of Denver Master of Social Work




June 22

The newly established JAG Institute moves into 1740 Gaylord Street. The new building houses expanded research, training, and technology initiatives aimed at creating a Comprehensive Grief Care® Network to further our reach in Metro Denver and beyond.

Judi’s House hosts annual Memorial Event. More than 80 Judi’s House clients joined our team at the house for fun and activities geared towards reflection, celebration, remembrance, and healing.

April 8 Team US Bank takes second place in the Epic Ski Challenge leading to a $50,000 donation to Judi’s House.

May 5 Inaugural Speakers Series

January 23 Judi’s House hosts the final workshop in our annual three-part Hope for the Holidays series. Together our children and families set their intentions for a hopeful year.

Luncheon, Strength in the Face of Adversity, raises $1 million for

Judi’s House. NFL legends Bob Griese and Archie Manning share moving accounts of their life experiences after losing their fathers at a young age to raise awareness and funds for childhood bereavement.

July 22 Moody Insurance Agency raises over $100,000 for Judi’s House

during their 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

February Judi’s House vetted 45 interested applicants for five coveted internship training positions.

February 26-27 Judi’s House co-hosts the annual “Elevating the Conversation”

Conference focused on suicide prevention and support.


May 16-17 Judi’s House has another great showing at the 2015 Colfax Marathon raising over $8,000.

July 31 Our Annual Teen Photo Showcase

event kicks off an exhibition of our teen and young adult clients’ artistic expression of their grief and their healing. The photos were on display all of August at a local coffee shop.

2015 August 3

October 6

Judi’s House longtime volunteer, Mike VanMeter is recognized with the Channel 7 Everyday

November 5 Brian Griese recognized by the NCAA for his work with Judi’s

House in the article, “Brian Griese: From Michigan quarterback to servant leader.”

Hero Award.

November 18 Judi’s House is awarded with the

August 14

2015 Dean Singleton Legacy Award of $50,000 from the

Denver Post Community Foundation.

Fifteen new volunteers completed

the first step in becoming a Judi’s House Companion Volunteer by completing a 12-hour weekend training. The new volunteers’ training continued throughout the Fall.

October 10 Brook and Brian Griese are selected as the recipients of the 2015 Hildegard Messenbaugh Award, which acknowledges

contributions to improving the mental health of youth.

August 31 Judi’s House hosts an Appreciation Reception for our long-time supporters and new friends.

Our 2015 Hope for the Holidays series began offering children and families a place to prepare for the coming holiday season.

November 24 Brian Griese is awarded with the Big Ten’s Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, recognizing players that have achieved leadership success after college, and is the first individual to be recognized by the Big Ten with both this award and the DungyThompson Humanitarian Award.

December 8 Judi’s House receives a record amount of donations on Colorado Gives Day, totaling $98,696.

October 19 Brian’s Quarterback Club features Broncos Head Coach, Gary Kubiak.

December 22 Part two of our annual Hope for the Holidays event brings families together to celebrate the year end with food, games, and fellowship.



ASSETS Current Assets


Cash and cash equivalents Contributions and grants receivable Investments, short-term Prepaid expenses and other



$1,133,998 $49,425 $0 $12,796

$1,082,860 $102,963 $25,491 $28,815

$940,650 $61,812 $0 $25,743




Land, building and improvements Furniture, fixtures and equipment

$2,189,831 $147,982

$2,130,162 $117,682

$955,426 $92,210

Gross Property and Equipment




Less: Accumulated Depreciation







Total Current Assets

Property and Equipment at Cost

Net Property and Equipment

Investments Held by The Denver Foundation Total Assets

$1,252,484 $1,277,806 $1,432,110 $4,517,139




Current Liabilities Accounts payable Accrued payroll liabilities Deferred revenues Current portion of notes payable Total Current Liabilities Notes payable Total Liabilities

$56,953 $34,250 $0 $219,167

$109,536 $22,976 $190,463 $234,888

$23,872 $6,526 $0 $0










Net Assets

Unrestricted Investment in property and equipment $2,068,466 $2,028,128 $848,655 Undesignated $1,829,308 $1,223,564 $2,168,139 Total Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Total Net Assets Total Liabilities and Net Assets In-Kind Contributions: $123,462

Investment Activity: ($30,090)




$105,544 $4,003,318

$315,083 $3,566,775

$261,778 $3,278,582




Fundraising: $306,068 Administration: $266,480

Foundation Grants: $972,760


2015 REVENUE $2,964,408

Contributions: $932,539

2015 EXPENSES $2,527,865

Events: $965,736

Programs: $1,955,317

Making an Impact

As part of our Evaluation and Research Initiative, we gather feedback from families attending services. Their feedback helps improve the care we provide every day. Here are a few of the comments we received in 2015:

“I think Judi’s House is wonderful. I see tangible results with my son at home. He is more communicative and engages with me more freely.” “This was the best experience I could have ever asked for. I believe my children and I will benefit highly in our grieving process from the coping and care giving skills we learned while attending Judi’s House.”

Thank you! We are most appreciative for the gracious and consistent support that we receive from our donors, volunteers, and advocates. Your commitment to Judi’s House and JAG Institute truly makes a difference in the lives of grieving children and their families! We rely on the amazing support from our generous donors to provide bereavement care in our community – free of charge. Learn more about all the ways you can support our work at It is because of you that we can dream big, extend our reach to communities beyond Metro Denver, and drive social change around the issue of childhood bereavement. You are critical to the success of our organization. To view a list of donors, visit

“My experience at Judi’s House has been invaluable. The benefits of sharing my experience with other people in a similar situation is tremendously rewarding. The opportunity to learn from others and support others who are going through the same experience has been so uplifting and positive.”


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2015 Impact Report  
2015 Impact Report