On December 14, 2012 the nation and world were shaken to their core by news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
On that Friday evening, the tragedy became even more personal to us at the Traumatic Stress Institute and Klingberg Family Centers. We learned a Klingberg staff member, Nelba Marquez-Green, lost her beautiful six-year old daughter, Ana Grace, to the Sandy Hook violence that morning.
Even in the first days, Nelba stressed the message she felt was most emblematic of Ana Grace's life - LOVE WINS - that love, connection, and belonging are the answer to violence, not vengeance. Nelba then approached Klingberg about creating an entity that would honor Ana Grace's memory. These discussions led to creation of the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers whose mission is Promotion of love, connection, and community for every child and family.
We are excited to announce that the first initiative of the Ana Grace Project is a day-long conference, December 2, 2013, on connection and community featuring Dr. Bruce Perry as the keynote speaker. Dr. Perry is an internationally-recognized expert on child trauma, world-renowned speaker, and author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Endangered and Essential.
Click hereto register. We sincerely hope that you will join us for a day of learning, remembrance, hope and healing. Registration materials will be available soon.
Finally, we also wanted to announce that the website Ana Grace Project has been launched. On the website, you will find hot links to Paypal for donations and a link to the conference site. There will be soon, an option for anyone who would like to become a subscriber for updates and announcements.
Again, we are hoping that you will join us in this special opportunity.
Staff of the Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers