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HEARTplay℠ is CareGroup Parmenter’s award-winning children’s bereavement program that uses the creative arts to help children, teens and young adults cope with the illness or death of a loved one.  The program is offered to families at no cost.  An Expressive Arts Therapist / Licensed Mental Health Counselor meets with families to provide them with tools to support and comfort one another. In addition, Heartplay℠ Workshops meet one Saturday per month. Participants are grouped according to age and grade. There are groups offered for Pre-K and Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, Middle School, High School and college-aged young adults.  For more information, please call Jennifer Wiles, Director, at 508-358-3000 ext. 244 or e-mail her at  To register, click here.

For Schedule and Further Information, please visit the HEARTplay℠ Website

Camp Erin® Boston

Camp Erin Boston is a bereavement camp for children and teens aged 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, the three day – two night experience is filled with traditional and fun camp activities along with grief education and emotional support. Camp Erin Boston provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp is offered at no cost to all families. For more information, please visit the Camp Erin Boston website

Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence

parementer foundationFor those for whom it is not possible to spend their last days with loved ones in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, the beautiful Hospice Residence provides a wonderful alternative. The staff at the Residence is superbly qualified to offer care and support to dying patients as well as to surviving family and friends. They strive to help each resident live every day as fully as possible, to protect their dignity, to respect their choices, and to assure a climate of comfort, compassion and companionship for all. The Miriam Boyd Parlin Parlin Hospice Residence has ten private rooms each with a private bath. There are comfortable common areas for family and friends. Family pets are always welcome. The kitchen is a center of activity and the smell of fresh-
baked rolls and cookies reminds everyone of home. For more information: Hospice Residence

Dora Efthim Healing Garden

Dora Efthim healing gardenThe beautiful Dora Efthim Healing Garden located adjacent to the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence on Green Way in Wayland is a peaceful place of quiet and reflection. Given in memory of his sister by Weston residents William and Mavis Efthim, the Garden’s design is based on the Native American medicine wheel. The sculpture, Rain Catcher, is at its center. A permanent marker instructs the visitor, and the names engraved in memorial plaques urge us to remember those who have gone before. Each loved one’s name represents a $1,000 Memorial Contribution to support hospice services.

The Healing Garden is open to the public. A beautiful Lights of Remembrance Ceremony is held in the Garden each Fall.

MetroWest Free Medical Program

The MetroWest Free Medical Program was established in Sudbury in 2004 as an outreach program of Congregation Beth El.  It is a volunteer-physician led program providing free health care services to the medically underserved in Metrowest. The program expanded to Framingham in 2008 and created a Vision and a Women’s Health program.  With over 250 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and more, the MetroWest Free Medical Program serves over 1,000 patients per year with over 1,500 medical visits.  For Schedule and More Information, please visit the MetroWest Free Medical Program website.

Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest

Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest is an exciting new entity comprised of partners from four leading social service and behavioral health agencies, including: Advocates; South Middlesex Opportunity Council; Spectrum Health Systems and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network.  BHPMW leverages the vast existing expertise of Metrowest behavioral and social service agencies to provide individuals, families and health care providers a single point of entry for a broad range of services.  The goal of BHPMW is to provide Metrowest residents, healthcare professionals, and other service providers streamlined access to expertise in the complex areas of mental health, substance use and addiction, housing and social supports for people of all ages.  Care Coordinators on staff match individuals in need to the appropriate services provided by the partner agencies and other community resources.  For assistance or more information, please contact BHPMW toll-free at 1-844-528-6800 or go to

Family Promise Metrowest

Family Promise Metrowest’s mission is to transform the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support. Family Promise strives to break the cycle of homelessness by providing shelter to homeless Metrowest families, professional case management to help families transition out of homelessness and into sustainable and secure housing, and a comprehensive approach to employment, including education, child care and transportation. Family Promise utilizes community resources to carry out its mission, including 19 host congregations that provide shelter for homeless families with an additional 31 congregations providing meals and support. In 2017, Family Promise created a homelessness prevention program that supports families who are not yet homeless but in the eviction process called Local Initiative for Family Empowerment (LIFE).  For more information, click here.