Children coping with trauma of homicide find solace in camp, each other

Wonderful article written about FrontLine Service’s Camp Bridges in a recent article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

By Brie Zeltner

Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

on August 08, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated August 08, 2014 at 11:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 45 kids running around the North Chagrin Reservation this August morning could be part of any summer day camp in the country; they’re kicking soccer balls, making sand castles in a volleyball court, and using magic markers and iridescent stickers to decorate their new T-shirts and water bottles.

It’s all fluorescent colors, coolers of fruit juice and tubs of fabric paint. But step a little closer, and you’ll start to see why Camp Bridges is different.

At a craft table inside the River Grove Picnic area, a young girl in a green shirt hunches protectively over a pink sheet of paper, which she is meticulously covering with geometric shapes, mostly diamonds. Next to her, another girl writes on her own paper, “Dear Mom, I love you. Take care of me. I love you, you are my best mom.” Across the round table from them, a young boy abandons his blue sheet of paper after writing only: “I miss you.”