GGC was founded in the fall of 2000 by Executive Director Lulu Orr. To aid in the realization of its mission, she assembled a board of advisors consisting of some of the region's most knowledgeable and experienced bereavement professionals, as well as dedicated community members. The Carnegie Library of Homestead generously offered GGC rooms in which to operate the center, rent-free, for 10 years. The Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute agreed to be the fiduciary agent of GGC. PPI is a charitable non-profit corporation tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. PPI is a counseling center and licensed outpatient clinic, with over 20 satellite offices.
The board of directors created the concept for a community- based Bereavement Support center. This process included naming the center, creating GGC's mission, setting goals, planning objectives, and raising funds for the renovations and initial start-up costs of GGC.
Over the years the Good Grief Center has helped thousands of individuals and ultimately outgrew the space provided in the library. In June of 2008 the Good Grief Center moved to Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill and continues to provide a safe and comfortable space for those who are seeking bereavement support. Good Grief's current location is easily accessible by public transportation as well as by car.
In an effort to reduce costs, preserve our mission, and expand services, GGC engaged in an important strategic alliance process in 2011 and ultimately merged with Ursuline Senior Services as of October 1, 2011. The energy, expertise and wisdom of our staff and volunteers rendered during GGC’s formation positioned us as an ideal partner for Ursuline Senior Services leading us into our second decade
We will continue to serve a wide range of participants of all ages who come to us for help in managing their grief. We will remain in our convenient and comfortable location in Squirrel Hill while welcoming the host of cost savings and program opportunities that this merger will provide.
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