Equine therapy group to open thrift shop

When Abbey Teitelbaum’s mom died when she was in the third grade, speaking about it with other kids at Tomorrow’s Rainbow who experienced a similar loss helped her cope.

“It helped me a lot. I feel like if I didn’t have Tomorrow’s Rainbow, I wouldn’t have coped as easily,” she said. “… It’s been an easier experience with kids who know what it was like. It’s nice to talk about it without being judged.”

Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a not-for-profit in Coconut Creek that helps children who have experienced the death of a loved one with equine-assisted grief support. It recently organized a pop-up thrift shop that raised $1,000 that will be used toward a bricks and mortar thrift store, set to open May 1 in Margate, said Abby Mosher, founder and executive director.

“The purpose of the thrift store is to introduce people to the charity and hopefully recruit volunteers and new donors and let the community know about the mission and services we provide and any grieving child that might need our services to know about us,” Mosher said. “… And it will help with more time focusing on the children and on our mission of healing grieving children and less time raising money.”

The pop-up thrift shop was aided by ML24 (Masterful Living) through Gratitude Training, Mosher said. The group of 32 people helped with the event, as well as with other efforts, such as a beach cleanup.

“We got the word out about Tomorrow’s Rainbow and the thrift store, which will offer sustainability,” said Courtney Aljohani, who is a part of ML24.

Teitelbaum, 16 and a sophomore at Boca Raton Community High School, has been going to Tomorrow’s Rainbow for almost seven years.

“When I turn 18, I’m going to consider being a facilitator and help the little kids in my position when I was younger,” she said.

Aljohani, who lost her dad when she was 18, said being involved with Tomorrow’s Rainbow helped her heal.

“I consider myself a child of the Rainbow,” she said. “It allows me to connect to a loss that I was never fully able to recover from.”

Tomorrow’s Rainbow typically impacts more than 300 children per year on site and another 2,000 through its institute training, which provides educational programming on grief and loss to schools, corporations, licensed professionals and more, Mosher said.

“One of the things people don’t realize is how many grieving children are in our community. One out of seven children has had a parent or sibling die,” Mosher said. “When they don’t get grief support, they’re at risk for detrimental behaviors.”

For more information, call 954-978-2390 or visit TomorrowsRainbow.org.

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