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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Oct 24

Support for Those Who've Lost Loved Ones this Holiday Season

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 9:03 AM by Janet Lo

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Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center
For Those Who've Lost Loved Ones 
“This was a wonderful event.  I had a chance to bring my family out, talk about my loved one, and meet other people who had gone through a similar experience.  It really was helpful for me, my family, and kids because we were able to share, cry and participate in arts and crafts. We even made a keepsake pillow with my son’s picture on the front and Dallas Cowboys colors for his favorite team on the back.” - CVRCC Client

During the holiday season, many people find joy spending time with their loved ones.  For those who have lost a loved one to homicide, however, the festivities may cause additional stress and isolation. The Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center (CVRCC) offers Drop-In Counseling throughout the holidays to help clients create memories of their loved ones in a safe and relaxed setting.  While decorating ornaments, making journals, or keepsake pillows, clients can gain a sense of community with other survivors of homicide. During these sessions, clients will learn from the CVRCC’s homicide response team, and from each other, as they plan for the holidays and try to cope with their loss.  For more information, including the dates and times of Drop-In Counseling, please contact the CVRCC at 901-222-3950.