Current Grantees

The Parmenter Foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations that provide high-quality, innovative hospice and palliative care as well as family bereavement programs serving MetroWest children, adults and caregivers.  We exclusively fund high quality programs that have meaningful impact for our neighbors who are navigating the challenging end-of-life and/or grieving process.
For more information about the grantees listed below, please click on their logos.

2024 Grantee Programs

Behavioral Health Partners

About: Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest provides a referral line that is a centralized point of entry for coordination of services including counseling, housing, food, and employment for MetroWest families coping with grief and mental health issues. 
Our grant provides:  Funds to staff a tri-lingual care coordinator position for the referral line to help those in need of behavioral health and social service assistance get connected to partner agencies and/or other resources in the community.

Behavioral Health Partners


About: Ben Speaks provides positive channels of expression and empowerment for a whole person approach to wellness through clinical and holistic resources and education.
Our grant provides:  Funding for the Grief Recovery for Mothers program, providing strategies and support, including courses and wellness activities, for parents who have lost a child.

Care Dimensions
About: As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care and grief support in more than 100 communities in MA. For more than 40 years, Care Dimensions has cared for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at its two inpatient hospice facilities.

Our grant provides: Funding for social engagement support programs, such as Uber rides, virtual reality equipment, and pocket talkers hearing devices, to support hospice patients and their caretakers. 

CampErin Boston
  About:  Camp Erin® Boston is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 receive a camp experience, led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Our grant provides: Funding for a weekend bereavement camp for children and teens.
About:  The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone.
Our grant provides: Funding for peer-based grief support programs that create a sense of safety, connection, and belonging for young people who are grieving.
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About:  Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support people diagnosed with ALS, their families, healthcare providers, and communities as they navigate the complexities, both physical and emotional, associated with the disease.
Our Grant Provides: Funding for a full-time palliative care doctor, as part of the Palliative Care Initiative, to work with MetroWest ALS patients, their families and their caregivers.

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About: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is committed to serving the veterinary needs of MA and New England through education, research, clinical care, and service to the community.   
Our grant provides: Funding for supplies such as books, stickers and toys to comfort children who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet.
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About: Courageous Parents Network is an organization and educational platform that orients, empowers and accompanies families and providers caring for children with serious illness.
Our grant provides: Funding to support programming and resources for parents and clinicians caring for children living with serious illness.
Good Shepherd Community Care

About: Good Shepherd Community Care delivers high quality hospice and palliative care, support and education for those experiencing or anticipating serious illness and loss. 
Our grant provides: Funding to subsidize a hospice bed at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence. Our grant also helps to fund the Caminos de Paz Latino Hospice Program, providing culturally competent end-of-life care to underserved Latino populations.


About: HEARTplay serves children, teens and young adults of all abilities who are coping with the life-limiting illness or death of an important person in their lives.
Our grant provides: Funding to ensure programs are equitable, inclusive and accessible, and include offerings in Spanish and Portuguese, expanding access to grief support, so that no child grieves alone.


About: Jeff’s Place provides free grief support groups for families who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. It serves children ages three to 18, along with their caregivers, as well as young adults aged 18 to 25. Jeff’s Place’s vision is that no one grieves alone.
Our grant provides: Funding to support the GriefMOVES program which integrates movement and mindfulness techniques into the group and individual counseling process, to empower children and caregivers to learn new ways of managing the uncomfortable physical feelings, emotions and sensations that accompany grief.

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About: Lucy's Love Bus helps children with cancer by providing free integrative therapies such as massage, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and music therapy, to help ease pain and anxiety during and after traditional medical treatment.
Our grant provides: Funding for a pilot respite care program for families with children who have cancer.
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About: Mass General for Children provides a full spectrum of care — from primary care to complex diagnoses -- for newborns, children and adolescents from New England and around the world.
Our grant provides: Funding to establish a hospital-wide bereavement program to support grieving families and the staff who have provided care to children before their deaths.
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About: The MCM Memorial Foundation supports families who have lost a child to enable them to afford funeral, memorial and non-medical end of life expenses. The MCM Fund hopes to help families with children in hospice, or immediately after they have lost a child, to enable and financially support their non-medical end-of-life decisions. 
Our grant provides: Funding to cover the costs of end-of-life support and funerals for families that are not able to afford these essential services. 
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About: Runway for Recovery provides families with a continuum of support along their journey with breast cancer.  They celebrate survivors, honor legacies and fund families who have experienced loss.
Our grant provides: Funding for the Family Grants program that supports mothers with breast cancer and their families, helping to alleviate their stress, so they can focus on real life.
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About:  Samaritans' mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. 
Our Grant Provides:  Funding for suicide grief support services in MetroWest communities.

About: Veterinary Chaplaincy Services seeks to affirm the bonds held between animals and humans in creation. It seeks to assure the loss is real, and the grief felt is a normal part of the human experience. It also seeks to find ways of honoring the relationship that are meaningful for those who are touched by the loss.
Our grant provides:  Funding to provide an on-call chaplain to support our community members who are struggling with the loss of a pet and supplementing the capabilities of overtaxed animal hospitals


About: Wildflower, Inc. provides sustained, long-term support for children who have lost a parent, as well as their families, for as many years as they need help.
Our grant provides:  The gifts of camp, enriching experiences, and consistent, long-term support to help families strengthen their resilience and create positive opportunities for the future.

Please check back as new videos are added periodically regarding our most recent grantees.

Camp Casco
Dignity Matters
Domestic Violence Services Network
Family Promise Metrowest
MetroWest Free Medical Program
Open Table
My Brothers Table