Establish peer support group for families& friends of homicide victimsL.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community) Society


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  • to start a peer support group for survivors of homicide
  • establish this group in Abbotsford, B.C.
  • provide training for facilitators


Survivors have told us that here is a lack of services for individuals struggling with the devestating and on-going impact of homicide. Many family members and friends of people who have been murdered feel very alone in their grief. Marjean Fichtenberg, the principal writer and writer of the L.I.N.C. feasibility study, whose son Dennis was murdered and myself, along with the L.I.N.C. board decided that a peer support group for survivors would be a good first step. Our group model was the pilot group established by Marlyn Ferguson, bereavement counsellor and survivor herslef, at Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey, B.C. Two facilitators-Misty Cockerill and Roy Schubert have been trained. Space to run the groups has been donated. Valley View Funeral Home has given us in-kind and financial support. L.I.N.C. is raising funds for the project from the sale of organic vegetables grown in the L.I.N.C. plots at the community garden it manages in Mission, B.C.

Community Benefit

There will be a peer support group for the friends and family members of murder victims in the Fraser Valley. This low cost and effective way to help those individuals impacted by homicide will be able to be duplicated in elsewhre in the country.

How will the $25K be used?

Budget Notes: All money goes to direct service delivery and group expenses.
$ 22,500 wages for coordinator and facilitators
$ 1,500 programme materials and training
$ 500 refreshments
$ 500 travel

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