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In Memory of Dawnn Jaffier

All of us at the West End House are shocked and saddened by the loss of our colleague and lifetime member of the West End House, Dawnn Jaffier. It is unimaginable that such a senseless act of violence took away such a gifted, kind and compassionate young woman. Her connection to the West End House started more than 15 years ago when she attended our program each day after school. Dawnn knew early on that her life would be committed to helping children. (Read more)

Support for the West End House Community

We are here to comfort and support the entire West End House family of children, families, alumni, friends and colleagues. If you want to talk with a member of our staff, be surrounded by others who loved Dawnn or speak with a professional who specializes in grief counseling — we are here for you. As you know, this is normally the week we are closed for staff training, but we will open each day so you can drop in and seek support. We encourage you to join us.

In addition, we have resources available to help parents and providers talk to their children about this tragedy. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 617-787-4044 ext. 10

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