Out Of Bounds: “Grief Support From The Inside Out,” is an innovative, resident-led initiative that focuses on empowering members of this community who are witnesses, survivors of violent deaths, specifically youth and families of youth, killed by gun violence.
Through a “mutual peer support model,” trained community approach can eventually provide the compassion, resilience, and familiarity that are needed to address our present situation.
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.
Canada's Champions of Change is a contest celebrating volunteerism. Reverend Sky Starr was honoured as one of Canada's Top 50 Volunteers in this year's competition. Learn More on Rev. Sky's Champions of Change Profile Page Where you can read about why Rev. Sky Volunteers, watch an interview and video profile which was broadcast on CBC Connect, with Mark Kelley, November 8, 2010.