Angel Eyes

Child Loss Grief Support

Denver, CO   |  www.angeleyes.org

Mission

Angel Eyes is a Colorado non-profit organization offering free professional grief support to families who have been impacted by pregnancy loss or the unexpected death of an infant

Ruling year info

1981

Board President

Ms. Laura Crowley

Main address

425 South Cherry St. #860

Denver, CO 80246 USA

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Formerly known as

Colorado SIDS Program, Inc

EIN

74-2159335

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our Mission: Angel Eyes is a small Colorado non-profit organization that offers free professional grief support to families who have been impacted by pregnancy loss or the unexpected death of an infant

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grief Counseling and Support

Angel Eyes is the only statewide organization in Colorado offering free short and long term professional bereavement counseling to families whose lives have been impacted by the sudden, unexpected death of their child, including those who have experienced a stillbirth or miscarriage. When a child dies, parents feel a part of them has died, that a vital and core part of them has been ripped away. The grief caused by their child's death is not only painful but profoundly disorienting - children are not supposed to die. Experts repeatedly state that dealing with parental grief involves deep pain and ongoing work as the parents attempt to continue their "journey down the lonely road of grief" (Wisconsin Perspectives Newsletter, February 1997, 1). Angel Eyes offers free, and compassionate grief support services to help families through this very painful, life changing time. We understand that parents and their loved ones have very special needs at this time and do not want anyone to go through the loss of their pregnancy or death of their infant alone. Angel Eyes helps connect these families with others who understand their feelings because they have walked the same path.

The Grief Counselor is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Bereavement Counseling Program. We customize our services to each family based on their individual circumstances. Time appropriate contact with the family along with bereavement literature allows the family to discuss their concerns and counter grief reactions such as guilt and self-blame. Providing proactive care can facilitate mutual support and encourage family communication as well as give the family grief resources they can use in the future. Caring strategies implemented by our Grief Counselor help families learn to live with their loss and become transformed in positive ways.

Population(s) Served

Angel Eyes delivers free educational presentations to various groups in the community, to promote safe sleep practices for parents and caregivers, and to provide information for those providing after-care to families who have lost a child.

Angel Eyes offers two different educational presentations. One that is titled "Infant Sleep Safety: Understanding Risks and Exploring Safety Measures," which presents 'Safe to Sleep' information and guidelines put forth by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is important for anyone who cares for an infant to understand how to create a safe sleep environment. Audiences for this presentation include potential and new parents, caregivers, and child care providers. The second presentation is titled "Sudden Infant Death: How to Respond," which focuses on grief support and trauma-informed care-based information for those who provide after-care for families who have lost a child. This presentation is critical for first responders, particularly victim advocates, to understand how to interact with a family immediately following the death of their child and during the scene investigation. Audiences for this presentation include: police, EMTs/paramedics, victim advocates, and funeral home staff.

Population(s) Served

Grieving siblings can be helped with the death of their sibling through "Child-Centered Play" counseling progressing at their own pace.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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To provide free grief support to any resident of Colorado that has been affected by a pregnancy loss or the death of an infant. These services include:
- individual professional counseling
- counselor led monthly group support meetings
- peer to peer support program
- opportunities for the bereaved to form community by participating in fundraisers, attending social events and volunteering

To strengthen our commitment to awareness and prevention of infant fatality, we partner with other nonprofit organizations to:
- promote the Back to Sleep Campaign and link to caregiver training programs
- provide baby product recall information
- link to tobacco cessation program
- create and maintain social media campaigns

Increase awareness and availability of Angel Eyes' Services by way of community outreach in the form of:
- personal contact
- email campaigns
- written brochures
- radio Public Service Announcements
- marketing: update all materials to reflect new mission and changes in scope
- social media postings on Facebook that highlight what we do and that notify our followers of upcoming events and National days of significance

Angel Eyes has a small staff that is dedicated to the well being of the organization as well as its continued longevity. Hands on board members are committee members, fundraisers and volunteers as well as stewards of resources and record keepers. All of us at Angel Eyes have become expert at making a lot out of a little.

Because of this team mindset, we have been very successful in maintaining a solid reputation in our community that keeps our client base engaged and sponsor group involved over the long term.



Angel Eyes has spent 2018 and 2019 restructuring the organization in an effort to better serve our community and improve the outlook of the organization:
- New board members and an increase in the number of board members brings new ideas, contacts and follow through to improve the financial stability of the organization
- A new counselor with flexible hours has increased our caseload as working parents and couples are able to use our services more effectively

What's next:
- A systematic approach to grant writing and strategic planning to improve the amount of operating dollars for the 2020 budget
- An electronic system for counseling that will enable Angel Eyes to reach more residents in Colorado that live outside the Denver Metro Area
- An internship program for counselor candidates
- An updated website to allow for more interactive use by staff and participants

Financials

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Operations

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Angel Eyes

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Crowley

Brenda Johnson

Laura Crowley

Scott Kingsbury

Chase Richter

Ryan Prosser

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No