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New bereavement manager begins at Hands of Hope

Agency aids those with grief, loss, trauma

Erik Meeks was hired as the manager of Bereavement Services for Fox Valley Hands of Hope in Geneva.
Erik Meeks was hired as the manager of Bereavement Services for Fox Valley Hands of Hope in Geneva.

GENEVA – Erik Meeks was hired as the manager of Bereavement Services for Fox Valley Hands of Hope in Geneva, the nonprofit announced in a news release.

Meeks, who has a master’s degree in mental health and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, has over a decade of professional experience as a counselor and therapist.

Through a diverse background in the mental health field, counseling adults, children, and families, Meeks brings specializations and expertise in addictions counseling along with effective treatments of grief, loss, and trauma to the bereavement team, the release stated.

The mission of Fox Valley Hands of Hope is to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness, the release stated.

Greg Weider, executive director of Fox Valley Hands of Hope, stated in the release that Meeks “is a great addition the [Fox Valley Hands of Hope] Team.”

“His background and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to provide the best in compassionate care to the community,” Weider stated in the release.

Meeks brings a history of experiences working for not-for-profit mental health agencies in Aurora and most recently as coordinator of the addictions program with Pillars Community Health, the release stated.

In addition to individual counseling, Meeks has a deep knowledge of the variety of levels of care having worked clinically in both inpatient and outpatient settings; facilitating groups, assessment of clients and maintaining referrals to community resources.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to come to work for an organization making the type of impact they are having with individuals who are going through some of the most difficult parts of their lives,” Meeks stated in the release.

“I cherish the opportunity to come alongside those who are grieving and play a part in facilitating their healing journey,” Meeks stated in the release. “I look forward to investing in FVHH and helping it continue to grow and succeed to reach those in need of support after experiencing a loss.”

For more information visit www.fvhh.net or call Gayle Deja-Schultz at 630- 232-2233 x221 or email gayled@fvhh.net.

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