This nonprofit organization was created as a resource for those who may not be able to say or comprehend what's wrong. The child of someone suffering from addiction is generally living a life based on trauma, fear and instability. Whether their loved one died due to drug use or is still alive but using, these children need help.
My daughter, Victoria Lynn, lost her father, Christopher Robert Jensicke to addiction July 25th, 2012 when she was just 4 1/2 years old. This, as you can imagine, destroyed her already unstable world- the life of loving an addict. Life carried on somewhat and Victoria started to work through, and adapt. Less than 3 years later, she was dealt a second unbelievably crushing blow. She lost her step-father, Jonathan Ramos to the same disease that took her father November 12th, 2014.
This little girl's longing for answers, understanding and security led us to start this new venture. The Foundation is starting a place to help these children. The innocents that fall prey to their loved one's disease. The smiles and bright eyes that turn hollow and frightened. Our goal is to help them understand and work through the confusing and conflicting emotions that go along with an overdose death and/or the trauma of living with addiction in their daily lives.
We also want to raise awareness and help break the stigma so that our children are not ashamed, nor afraid of speaking out about their loved ones. By having interactive groups, in-memory activities, P.T.S.D. activities, and plain old fun with field trips and fundraisers, the kids can work through the tragedies they have been through and turn a negative into a positive!
The benefits to this type of group simply cannot be measured. Along with peace and acceptance, it has been proven that children who are more involved with activities and groups are less likely to engage in deviant behavior in their youth. Also, gaining knowledge about addiction and more about their loved one's struggle can help them feel closer to that person, even after their passing.
In addition, The Christopher Robert Foundation aims to award annually a "lottery" winning- a reward for great work, behavior, participation and growth!
This award is a monetary value based on a portion of the earnings from the fundraisers of that year, and will be given out as a "scholarship" or college fund for the child!
The board of directors is made up of five volunteers who believe in this cause and want to make a difference. Each of their lives has been touched or affected by addiction. These tragedies instilled the drive in these families to try and save people's lives.
Ocean County, N.J.
Group Hours- 2nd & Last Sunday of the month