The District's children and families are disproportionately exposed to grief, loss, and trauma. They lose mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters through the highest rate of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV-AIDS deaths in the nation. High rates of incarceration and violent crime make matters worse. At the Wendt Center, a fundamental tenet is that no one should have to grieve alone. So skilled therapists provide counseling to adults and kids, regardless of ability to pay. Over 60% of clients are young, and Wendt Center offers holistic mental health services and a free therapeutic grief camp tailored to their needs. Clinicians are on-site seven days a week at the DC Chief Medical Examinerís Office to provide immediate counseling and support to those who have come to identify a family member who has died (2,500 a year). It also provides crisis response services in the aftermath of catastrophes and hosts candlelight vigils for grieving families. Amidst anguish and loss, there can still be hope. Letís make certain of that.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Services are provided on-site in many neighborhoods and schools throughout the District. One additional office is located in SE.
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
Member of National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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