Volunteers

Survivor Resources’ volunteers sustain our success, and are an absolutely integral part of our organization. Volunteers donate their talents and time to create and host all our events. It is also our volunteers who facilitate support groups and share their experiences to build hope in our clients’ lives. Compassionate, respectful, resourceful: these key words describe the caliber of our volunteers.

 

Bridget GibsonBridget Gibson
Facilitator
Homicide Group

Bridget has been associated with Survivor Resources since July 2002 when her 22 year old son DaJuan Gibson, was murdered.  Brought to Survivor Resources by a dear friend who worked for the Department of Corrections, she participated in group for about 2 ½ years.  She then became a homicide group facilitator in an effort to give back to the organization that brought hope and calm back into her life. 

Bridget has served on the Board of Directors, provided financial reporting/audit services, and is a current facilitator for the St. Louis Park location.   

Cindi MeyerCindi Meyer
Facilitator
Homicide Group

Cindi is an experienced support group facilitator with 25+ years’ experience as well as having been a former participant in the homicide group.  In the past, Cindi has also been a board member for Survivor Resources.  Her brother’s homicide in 1992 has been the most impactful moment in her life, but it has opened her up to many gifts.

Cindi believes group are a sacred space where people can validate “crazy feelings” and hold your hope as you heal.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication from University of Wisconsin River Falls.  She enjoys spending time at the cabin with family and friends.

 

Dawn MacRaeDawn MacRae
Facilitator
Suicide Group

After the suicide of her boyfriend in 2004, Dawn found Survivor Resources and has been volunteering with the organization as a facilitator of the suicide loss group in St. Paul for over 10 years.

Dawn considers it a privilege and an honor to be among such courageous people every Monday evening.

Donna LaFrance
Facilitator
Suicide Group

Donna has been a co-facilitator for the suicide support group in St. Louis Park for 3 years.  In 2014, Donna’s husband of 28 years committed suicide.  He left behind 3 children and one grandchild.  Donna started attending the St. Paul support group soon after her husband’s death and then transitioned to becoming a facilitator.

Having the support group to lean on and the opportunity to give back to has been instrumental to Donna and her family as they navigate life without their loved one.

Kathie ArnoldKathie Arnold
Facilitator
Accident/Overdose Group

Kathie came to Survivor Resources in October 2003 when her daughter Sarah died.  The accidental death group provided a safe place for her to deal with all she had lost and was there for her while she worked on putting her life back together again.

Now, Kathie has been facilitating groups for more than 10 years.  She feels privileged to accompany others on their grief journey.

Mary Mingo
Facilitator
Suicide Group

Mary has been associated with Survivor Resources since February 2015 when her 21 year old son Andrew committed suicide. Attending weekly support groups helped her find her “new normal” and being around others with similar losses allowed her to express herself freely without judgement.

Mary now co facilitates the suicide group and has for the past year.  By volunteering her time and sharing her experience she hopes to help others going through similar circumstances.

Ruth Melges
Facilitator
Accident/Overdose Group

Ruth came to Survivor Resources support group several months after the death of her son in June of 2000. The group experience was very helpful as she progressed through her grief.

She volunteered at different Survivor Resource events after finishing her time in group. In 2007 she began to facilitate support groups hoping others would benefit as she had.

Sue Riley
Facilitator
Homicide Group

Sue began attending support group with Survivor Resources after the loss of her son Dave in 2013, eventually becoming a group facilitator.  She feels so fortunate to have found Survivor Resources and to be able to continue helping others with the organization.

Sue stated, “the strength I see in people who have experienced some of the worse life has to offer is truly humbling”.  Sue currently facilitates the Homicide group in St. Paul. 

Terri PontiousTerri Pontious
Facilitator
Accident/Overdose Group

Terri joined Survivor Resources as a member of the Accidental Death group in 2007 after losing her step-daughter to a car accident. In 2010, she stepped away from the organization after losing her husband to inoperable cancer. In the Fall of 2017 she started co-facilitating the Accidental Death/Overdose group in St Louis Park, MN.

Terri has a BS in Biology from the University of Minnesota, a MT(ASCP) from HCMC, and a MA in Education from St Catherine's University. She loves Microbiology, music, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Theresa CarrTheresa Carr
Facilitator in Training
Homicide Group

Theresa joined Survivor Resources in 2015, one year after her son Adrian Carr was murdered.  If it wasn’t for the support she received from Survivor Resources, she doesn’t know how she would have coped with enduring such a traumatic loss.

She recently started volunteering her time as a Facilitator in Training for the homicide group in St. Louis Park.  She is glad to have the opportunity to help others in the same way she received help in the past.

Jinniece Jacobson
Facilitator
Suicide Group

Jinniece has been a suicide group facilitator with Survivor Resources for two years. She participated in the same group herself after the death of her 23-year-old son in 2015 and experienced the value of sharing this tragic loss with others who understand.

Jinniece has a BA in Marketing Communications from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and works full time. She enjoys her family, reading, cooking, hiking and spoiling her two dogs.

Gwen WilsonGwendolyn Wilson
Facilitator
Homicide Group

After the homicide that took her husband's life, Gwen started attending the grief support group in St Paul on Monday evenings in 2014. Not being one to share her personal life with strangers, she was skeptical at first but after attending the group a few times and after receiving the support she needed she understood the importance of having a support group and became a regular member. She also decided to attend the Walk-a-thon and the Service of Remembrance that year and it helped to know that someone cared and wanted to remember her loved one.

In the fall of 2015 she became one of the facilitators for the homicide group at the St Louis Park location. She has been able help many families walk through the grief process and it has been a very rewarding experience to give back and help others get through the pain of loss as she was helped. Her endeavor is to encourage families that there is life after loss, but also just to be there to listen and show compassion.

Timothy FleethamTimothy Fleetham
Facilitator
Accident/Overdose Group

Tim has been a facilitator with Survivor Resources since 2017.  In addition to his work with this organization, he has volunteered for both the Center for Grief Loss and Transition as well as various men’s groups.

Tim had two children who are both deceased.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota.  He is presently retired after working for the Metropolitan Council (St. Paul, MN) in planning and administration/finance.  He is also active in AA and the ManKind Project.

 

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If you would like to serve our community by volunteering with Survivor Resources, please by contact us. It would be our pleasure to work along side you.