16 04 2011

The VNAIC is offering FREE bereavement support to the community. Support groups include pre-bereavement support to hospice patients and their families, ongoing general grief support groups and Grief 101 which is a 6-week course on normal grief and coping strategies for bereaved persons. Support also includes available monthly bereavement newsletters, the annual Light Up A Life memorial event and community education and in-services. For children and teens, the Mourning Star Center offers support for grieving children and teens along with Camp Erin, a 3-day summer camp. These groups are open to the public. For more information on these wonderful programs, please contact Lisa Whitesell, Bereavement Coordinator at 951-894-5336. You may also visit the following websites for further information:, and www.



4 02 2011

Kevin Hanley, 18, and Michael Kearns, 19, both of Apple Valley and both Granite Hills High School grads, recently skateboarded 130 miles from Norwalk to San Diego to prepare for a 200-mile fundraiser for The Mourning Star Center. It took them four nights and five days to complete the trip. It wasn’t spontaneous; they planned the journey thoroughly and had the fitness. The teenagers each captained the Granite Hills swimming and water polo teams. Hanley, who earned the honor of Eagle Scout in High School, has backpacked various mountains including Mount Whitney. The trip to San Diego was part of a bigger plan. Hanley and Kearns want to go on a 200-mile trip this Summer to raise money for kids who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Having lost his own father at age 11, Hanley was an active volunteer in High School for The Mourning Star Center in Victorville. He served as a peer counselor at the center, which supports grieving children. Kearns also joined him at the nonprofit agency. “Mourning Star is so special for me because it took the worst event that occurred in my life and changed it into a positive force for other kids,” Hanley said. Visit the Mourning Star website at


12 11 2010

Hot off the presses! The 2011 Mourning Star Center calendars are available for only $15! The calendar is bright and colorful and features various drawings that some of the Mourning Star Center children created that helped them in their grief journey. Also available are note cards; a pack of 10 is only $10. Use them for thank you cards or just a way to reach out to friends and family. The note cards also feature artwork from Mourning Star Center participants. To order, call 760-773-6260. They make perfect gifts too!


29 10 2010

At the VNAIC’s benefit car show, Cruisin’ Yucaipa, held on October 23 at Yucaipa Regional Park, one of the Mourning Star Center teens sang her moving arrangement of “Leaving On A Jet Plane” for the attendees in memory of her Father who passed away. The Mourning Star Centers of the VNAIC is a center for grieving children, teens and their families. To learn more, visit their website


26 10 2010

The VNAIC’s First Annual Benefit Car Show, Cruisin’ Yucaipa, was a big success! Held on Saturday, October 23 at Yucaipa Regional Park, the event offered dozens of classic cars, food, live music and a special auction of artwork done by Mourning Star Center kids and teens. The event brought in a total of $7018 which will truely benefit the Mourning Star Centers. Trophies were awarded to the winners of different classes in the car show and the Best of Show trophy went to a super sano ’49 Ford Woody complete with surf boards-Cowabunga! Plans are already being made for next year’s event. Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen!