Hospice of Marshall County still taking applicants for Camp HOPE

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A grant is allowing Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove to expand a program geared toward children. The money is helping support an event for children and now their families, and organizers expect the event to be one of the biggest yet.

Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove is using a grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand its reach, to help even more children and members of the community in a time of need.

"Our community bereavement support services are free of charge to any child or adult who has experienced the death of a loved one," Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove Bereavement Director Stacey Johnson says.

The program works with anyone in the community.

Camp HOPE is part of the community bereavement support services. The free grief day camp is held each year, but this year the grant is allowing the organization to expand it to entire families, where before it was solely for children.

The event is an equine based support service day camp,  with activities designed to help cope with tragedy and process grief. H.O.P.E. Springs will offer equine support for the day camp.

This year's event is scheduled for Saturday May 9 at YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee on Lake Guntersville.

While the program is over on Saturday the services continue year round and now, reaching even more people.

"Just being able to reach out and serve more individuals in our community who are hurting, I feel like is a blessing to Hospice of Marshall County," Johnson says.

Hospice of Marshall County is still taking applicants for the family day camp. For registration information, call 256-891-7724.

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