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Camps Erin and Mariposa Provide Hope and Healing to Children

Through the generosity of our donors, Team Jesse contributed to nearly 300 camp sessions provided free to children suffering from the loss of a loved one in a military family to attend Camp Erin bereavement camp or to those dealing with addiction in their household to attend Camp Mariposa in 2016. These kids participated in camps across the country including Seattle, WA, San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland, CA, Washington D.C., Sarasota, FL and South Bend, IN. Targeted military outreach was conducted in partnership with local bereavement organizations in each of these markets.

Camp Erin, created by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. It combines traditional and fun camp activities with specialized grief activities and peer support.

Camp Mariposa is a free, weekend overnight camp program that supports children between the ages 9-12 who are impacted by substance abuse in their families. Camp Mariposa gives these children the knowledge, tools, and coping skills to prevent them from developing an addiction of their own and to help break the intergenerational cycle of addiction.