Capital Campaign

Center for Hope and Healing

Future home of the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico

Project Highlights

  • Efficient and larger space plan that allows CGC to serve significantly more children, youth and families
  • Seven age-appropriate support group rooms for children and their caregivers
  • Six age-appropriate specialty rooms for children ages 5-25 that foster the ability to process grief at a child’s specific developmental level: Art, Music, Game, Dramatic Play, Sand and “Let off Steam” rooms.
  • Education & Training Center with capacity for 50 people to hold family orientations, community/non-profit use, and bereavement training for mental health professionals, first responders, educators, chaplains, and anyone wanting to learn more about how to support the bereaved. (Select trainings are CEU certified)
  • Five rental offices for vetted and independent therapists who support families needing one-on-one care in addition to our services
  • Bereavement Library with resources for children, caregivers and anyone working with grieving families

Client Snapshot

  • New Mexico ranks 2nd in the nation per capita for childhood bereavement.  1 in 10 (or 53,500) children in New Mexico will lose a parent or sibling by the age of 18.  (2020 Judi’s House/JAG Institute) The CGC estimates that if we include extended family and friend deaths, the number of bereaved children in New Mexico more than doubles.
  • Clients served during the CGC’s 2018-2019 year increased by 25%. Our current location is so busy that we are using our copy room as an adult support group room so we do not have to turn anyone away.
  • Because finances are uncertain after the death of a loved one, the CGC does not charge families for services.
  • 68% of CGC families report being low to extremely low income.
  • Though we see all types of death at the CGC, the top three types of death we see at the CGC are cancer, suicide and natural causes.
  • Each year, more than 85% of our families report that after using our services, they have seen an improvement in their ability to process their grief in a healthy way.


Click HERE to take a virtual tour of the Center for Hope and Healing!

Community Support

Dr. Craig Pierce, Founder & CEO, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, Southwest Family Guidance Center
“As a clinician having worked extensively with families experiencing grief, loss, and trauma, and as someone who experienced the death of a parent in childhood, I deeply understand the void of loneliness and isolation families deal with. The resources and support the CGC provides makes an immeasurable difference in preventing life long struggles from unresolved grief and traumatic loss. The CGC’s permanent facility and home will provide a critical place for bereaved families to connect and will be a message to our city that we are there for those children and their families experiencing the loss of a loved one”  

Jerry Vigil, CGC Volunteer, Pamela M. Galbraith Memorial Foundation

(Pictured: Jerry Vigil with daughters Jacqueline Ortiz and Jennifer Vigil-Smith)

“New Mexico was Pam’s adopted home and she loved the people the culture and its beauty.  Having been the administrator at UNMH for mental health and the CEO of ValueOptions she was aware of the needs of children who lost a loved one. We are honored  Pam’s  foundation is a part of this mission.”

“My grandpa died, my uncle died, my aunt died, a lot of people in my family have died and I just want to say thank you. Thank you for helping me out in those times that were really tough. Thank you Children’s Grief Center.”
~ 10-year-old boy

“I lost my brother Zachary and he was 19, and this helps us feel better every day. Thank you!”
~ 8-year-old boy

“I came to the grief center because my mom died. It helped me a lot because I had tough times in my life, but now I am doing better in school and in my house and I am happy. Thank you.”
~ 12-year-old girl

Dr. Paul Hopkins, Albuquerque Marriage and Family Therapist, Pastoral Counselor and Organizational Consultant
“The great psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that mental illness is often the result of being unable to grieve losses.  Luckily for children in central New Mexico, there is a Children’s Grief Center which provides wonderful programs and caring community to provide healing and hope when young people experience great loss.”


Jason Harrington
CEO of HB Construction

“HB Construction supports Children’s Grief Center because of the measurable impact they make in our community.  We are grateful for the services they provide and know they are making a real difference in the lives of our children and their outcomes.  We are honored to be their partner. “


Jennifer Kean,  Interim Director of UNM Hospital’s Child Life Program and Former CGC Family

“For the last 12 years, I have worked in an organization that refers families to the Children’s Grief Center. Never did I expect that I would need the Children’s Grief Center personally. This is such a crucial resource that is needed in the state. I cannot even imagine what my life or my son’s life would be like without the guidance, support and reassurance that we received from the Children’s Grief Center in the midst of our chaos.”

Your gift to The Center for Hope and Healing will provide a safe place for grieving children and adults to receive the support they need in their healing journey.

So many special people have helped to support The Center for Hope and Healing. To show our appreciation a Gratitude Tree will be placed in our lobby to recognize these compassionate donors. You can join them and The Grief Center by making a gift to support the completion of our renovation.

Dedicate a leaf inscribed with your name and /or In memory of or In honor of someone special.
Leaves of various colors will be displayed on our tree in the Center.
Gold Leaf – $10,000 – $15,000
Silver Leaf- $5,000 – $9,999
Bronze Leaf- $1,000 – $4,999
All leaves provide 7 lines of inscription with varying spaces per line.

All donations are welcome and appreciated. Naming opportunities are also available. Contact: Suzie Blake at for more details.

For information about how you can be part of the Center for Hope and Healing,
call 505-323-0478 or email:

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