On Friday, November 17th, 2017; we celebrated our 20 years of successful growth. We also raised awareness for those who most need our support; grieving teens and children. Thursday, November 16, was Children’s Grief Awareness Day.
It was an honor to present Dr. Dan Nelson, Dr. Sharon Phillips and Chesterwood Village Hillandale Family Healing Hearts Residents Cathy Howard, Shannon Bryant, Don Devore, Doyce Schleusener, Ginny Elrod, and Mary Lou Benson with our Hope, Strength and Healing Award at the Savannah Cent in West Chester Ohio. We thank all of you for truly making a difference.
We also want to recognize several organizations that have supported COJ, some from the beginning. These are our Companions of Hope for 2017. St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Community Foundation of WCL, Envisions Partnership, Spring Grove Funeral Homes, and Indiana Wesleyan University.
This year, the COJ organization has over 35 support groups during the school day working with 600+ students a month through their graduation. In the year prior, COJ assisted over 4,000 bereaved children, teens and adults throughout the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area without state or federal funding. COJ does not charge for its service.
The evening began with cocktails, followed by an elegant dinner of filet or salmon. The award presentations took place after dinner ending with music and dancing provided by “The Remains” band. Everyone in attendance had a fabulous time!
The words spoken by Liz Pieniazek were heartfelt and inspiring as she talked about here Journey of Grief
Tay Shawn Elliott ended the memorial and awards presentation with a beautiful rendition of the Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (from the ‘Ghost’ Soundtrack).
Phillip Bryant also share how important COJ has been in his Life as he continues to support COJ
The “All Star Gala” could not have been a success without the help of many individuals and sponsors.
- ProLink Healthcare Staffing
- Spring Grove
- Berish Pain Management
- CTI Restaurants
- Mueller Funeral Home
- Hodap Funeral Home
- Mayfield Brain and Spine Centers
- Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Fidelity Investments
- Brightview Health
- Chesterwood Village
- Guardian Savings
Come join us in celebrating 20 years of service to our community at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio.
Most importantly, we want to give praise to God and the “All Stars of our Lives”, memorializing those who are not able to be with us here, and applauding those who help propel us forward in the wake of a loss.
We will be presenting our “Hope, Strength and Healing” Award to those individuals and organizations that have supported us for those many years.
Finally, we want to raise awareness for those who most need our support, grieving teens and children. On Thursday, November 16th is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Your support that evening greatly contributes to our ability to affect the lives of grieving teens and children in our local schools. Let’s make this a shining night to remember!
All Donations are Tax Deductible per IRS Code of Regulation.
Sponsorship can be mailed to: 8857 Cincinnati Dayton Rd. St 002, West Chester, OH 45069
If you have questions, please call 513-324-0513 or 513-870-9108
102 golfers showed up to the COJ’s 3rd Annual Golf Outing Friday, Aug 11th in what turned out to be a very beautiful day for a round of 18. Glenview Golf Course was selected for the event this year.
Golfers competed for prizes; Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin (2), Longest Putt. The winners received a $500.00 gift certificate to Jeff Ruby’s restaurant
When it was all done, golfers were treated to a wonder dinner donated from ELI’S BBQ.
Companions on a Journey would like to thank our volunteers from Pro-link staffing, the COJ Board along with our corporate and individual hole sponsors!
ProLink Staffing Services John & Meg Atkinson
Al. Neyer (beverage cart)
GE Aviation Mercy Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Fidelity Investments Legacy Financial
McCormick Equipment Company Taylor Made Inspections
RDI Corporation ProSource
DePaul Cristo Rey High School Mercy Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Taco Bell and Uno Pizzeria & Grill Chemo-Unity
Spring Grove Family In Honor of Joanne Butt
Grandma Sheila, thank you for impacting the grieving children in our local schools! Love, Tyler
Grandma Sheila, Congrats on COJ’s 20 Anniversary! Love, Andrew
Grandma Sheila, Grandpa Vince is proud of you and smiling from heaven! Love, Trevor
Companions on a Journey would like to thank our volunteers from Pro-link staffing and the COJ Board along with our corporate and individual hole sponsors!
Come on out and celebrate with COJ, from 5-8pm at Rhineqeist, Portions of proceeds will be donated back to COJ.
Since April 2016, Rhinegeist, along with Cincinnati Public Radio, has committed to providing an opportunity to local nonprofits for fundraising in the taproom. Charitable Suds takes place every Wednesday at the Rhinegeist taproom.
Rhinegeist views their community programs and philanthropic efforts as a chance to give back and reciprocate the love they feel each and every day.
Their charitable and voluntary efforts have an emphasis on improving the equality of opportunity for those less fortunate, increasing access to quality childhood education, improving addiction & mental health services, emergency relief, and a wide variety of other subjects. firstname.lastname@example.org.
A great time and turn-out was witnessed August 26th at the Municipal Brew Works (20 High Street, Hamilton) for the ceremonial tapping of the “Woltermelon Blonde Ale”. Bre Wolterman and her mother-in-law Debbie were gracious host to hundreds of people celebrating Patrick’s life at Municpal Brew Works love the beer and COJ company.
You may recall that in December 2015, Hamilton Firefighter, Patrick Wolterman tragically lost his life while fighting a fire. In working with the HFD and the Wolterman family, MBW created “Woltermelon Blonde Ale” (a watermelon infused blo nde ale) as a tribute to Patrick’s life and memory. We agreed that a portion of proceeds through the sale of Woltermelon Blonde would be donated in Patrick’s name to a charity of the Wolterman’s choosing.
The Wolterman family have asked that Companions on a Journey be this years beneficiary.
We want thank the Municipal Brew Works (MBW) along with Jim Goodman CEO / Co-Founder Municipal Brew Works for their efforts and support.
Companions on a Journey would like to thank all those who participated in the
11th Annual Shamrock Shuffle held Saturday March 18, 2017
The event was a bit chilly, but we had a lot of COJ’ers and many others visit our booth.
May the Luck of the Irish be with You!
COJ celebrated 19 years of successful growth and bestowed an inspirational vision for our future. COJ raised awareness for those who most need our support, grieving teens and children. On Thursday, November 17th is Children’s Grief Awareness Day.
This year, the COJ organization is assisting 31 schools by working with 450 students each month; following the students through their graduation. In the year prior, COJ assisted over 4,000 bereaved children, teens and adults throughout the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area without state or federal funding. COJ does not charge for its service.
Thanks to all who joined us on October 15 for our one-day retreat: Hope, Strength and Healing through Grief : A Day for Grieving Persons.
Celebrating 19 years of successful growth, COJ will hold its “All Star Gala” November 12th, at the Cincinnati Regency Hotel. Doors will open at 6:00 PM for Cocktails, Dinner, Live Auction, Dancing and Music by: The Remains. Black tie option. Emcee — FOX 19 personality Frank Marzullo
Most important, COJ wants to give praise to the “All Stars of our Lives”, memorializing those who are not able to be with us here, and applauding those who help propel us forward in the wake of a loss. COJ wants to raise awareness for those who most need our support, grieving teens and children.
COJ’s laudatory programs continue to create the necessary balance for all children and teens suffering the loss of a loved one. We know our programs work. Sustainability and Consistency are key to our programs successes.
Many ways you can support our Gala
By becoming a sponsor for the “All Star Gala”, you will allow us to continue offering ongoing grief support that works with the bereaved day one, or year one, or year five, through graduation, after a crisis, and as a companion for as long as a person needs our support.
As West Chester and Liberty Township continues to grow we see the need for grief support in our community. As the area becomes the new corridor for hospitals and medical facilities the need for grief support will continue to grow.
GALA 2017 COUNTDOWN
COJ’s appreciation event was held at Un-Wind in Hyde Park, Cincinnati, on June 20th to celebrate individuals and volunteers helping children, teens, adults and families who grieve in our community. Volunteers, staff, and directors were present for an evening of food, prizes, presentations, and gifts for all the hard work accomplished over the past year.
From facilitating groups, helping with events, managing the day to day chores, mailings, calling, fixing, and just being present to those who grieve is a gift in itself is such a generous gift. COJ wants to thank all of you for your time and talent and countless hours you put in to help us be successful.
We sometimes take for granted
In the rush of all we do,
And forget to say a special thanks
To volunteers like you!
So we send this note to tell you
How much all you do means,
Your gifts of time and of yourself
Are special ones indeed.