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Last Updated On: 08/23/2013
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Highmark Caring Place

A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families

Organizational Information

Parent Organization

Highmark Caring Foundation

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

Provide peer support services to children and families after the death of a family member. Provide outreach, education and consultation on supporting grieving children in the community.

History of Organization

The Caring Place is a program of the Caring Foundation.


Highmark Caring Place is a program of Highmark, Inc.

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Terese Vorsheck -  Program Director
David O'Brien -  Executive Director

Contact Person(s)

Andrea Lurier, Program Manager, E-Mail:

Contact Number(s)

412.544.1686 - FAX

888.224.4673 - Toll-free

Contact Email(s) - Program Manager

Web Addresses

Primary Address

620 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222

Additional Addresses

620 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
200 Warrendale Village Drive
Warrendale, PA, 15086

Service Information

Service Area

Allegheny and neighboring counties for sessions

Service Description

Children, adolescents and their parents or guardians participate in support groups on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Evenings begin with a meal together. The children then break into age-specific groups where they engage in creative activities and groupdiscussions to facilitate the grieving process. Preschool play groups and infant care are available.

Community outreach and educational programs are available.

The Caring Place is dedicated to children, adolescents and their families who have lost a loved one. The programs are based on peer support. No therapy is available; families who would benefit from therapy are referred to community resources.

It is a safe place with safe people where children and their families can: know they are not alone in their grief; share their feelings, memories and experiences, in an atmosphere of non-judgmental acceptance; see that what they are going through is normal; and, know that hope and healing are possible.

Available Hours

Answering and message machine available 24 hours a day. Administration: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday. Intake: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday (phone intake). Peer support programming is held in the early evenings.

Fees/Cost for Services


Eligibility Requirements

None, self-referral.

Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility


Languages Spoken or Available

Can provide sign language interpretors

Volunteer Use