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Snowline Hospice Receives a Grief Reach Grant from New York Life Foundation

Diamond Springs, CA, January 17, 2018 --( Snowline Hospice announced today a $10,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support their Healing All Together (HAT) program, which provides peer to peer grief support for youth between the ages of 5 and 17.

“We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will help us build our capacity in order to fulfill our mission,” said Michael Schmidt, Executive Director of Snowline Hospice. “The support will help many grieving children and their families in our community to begin the healing process.”

“Grief Reach applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is increasing every year,” said Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation. “We have responded to the demand by broadening the application parameters and increasing the financial support so that even more grief service providers can reach diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.”

HAT is Snowline Hospice’s place for grieving children, teens and their families. This group focuses on creating a safe and understanding environment that enables children, teens and families who are grieving a death to find means for expression as they move through their grief process. Snowline Bereavement Manager Sue Watson created this program in fall of 2008 to address this hidden need of the youth in our community.

The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs. More than 200 Grief Reach grants totaling over $7 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. The New York Life Foundation has been one of the leading funders of the childhood bereavement field, investing $35 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.

About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit

About Snowline Hospice
Snowline Hospice has been providing Hospice and Grief Services to El Dorado County for 39 years. All of the services provided by Snowline are free of charge to residents of El Dorado County, Sacramento County and other neighboring areas. Snowline is supported by patient insurance, thrift store donations, grants and individual donors.
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Snowline Hopice of Eldorado County
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