Resolution J1908-2013

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



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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