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Out Of Bounds: Grief Support From The Inside Out

With a mandate to empower and strengthen the resilience of grievers, Out Of Bounds (OOB) specializes in providing culturally responsive, compassionate, non-denomination “mutual peer support” for youth, individuals, families and communities. OOB strives to remain adaptable, motivated and responsive while servicing the needs of our community. We pride ourselves on being client-focused, relevant and open to new ideas that will promote holistic well-being.

OOB is based in Jane/Finch but services are also provided to neighbouring communities and other provinces. We have become known for the reliable, sensitive, customized grief and trauma care that is necessary for grievers of all ages. We also provide consistent, pragmatic grief /trauma support and education to bereaved mothers and siblings to assist them in healing and rebuilding their lives. As part of knowledge-sharing, OOB provides trauma-focused training on the Introductory, Intermediary and Advanced levels.

Over the past fifteen years, OOB has demonstrated strong advocacy for gun violence survivors and conducted research with Ryerson University and Women’s College Hospital. We have published articles, book chapters and developed customized, copyrighted “Empowerment Models” from our work with gun violence survivors, which will help guide groups, agencies, students, educators and policy-makers.

History:The genesis of Out Of Bounds: Grief Support – (OOB) evolved from a partnership between Jane and Finch community and BFO-T (Bereaved Families of Ontario – Toronto), where J/F residents participated in IK (Indigenous Knowledge) focus groups from April to June of 2008. Read the Full Report (pdf)

Launch: Out Of Bounds: Grief Support was successfully launched on December 13th, 2008. We are fully functional in the Jane / Finch community as a Not for Profit Organization.

Members and fri: Members comprise of community residents (adults & youth) and workers in the community. We invite and welcome all community residents, staff and stakeholders.

Youth Involvement: We envision youth as our future for sustainability. We have had consistent youth engagement in planning governance, structure, objectives and future activities for OOB.

Vision / Mission Statement: Out Of Bounds: Grief Support exists to build a sustainable network of support, education and empowerment, to grieving and non grieving members of the community, through a “mutual peer support model.”

Philosophy: We believe that trained community approach can provide the compassion, resilience, and familiarity which are needed to address grief, loss and bereavement, and provide sustainable in-house support.

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