Separately both Executive Director, Michelle Noble and Clinical Director, Liz Dreibelbis have supported grieving children and families for over 15 years in a variety of settings. In 2015, they met and knew that they needed to provide a much needed grief resource in Chester County. After a close look at research, Liz strongly felt that A Haven's approach needed to be family focused. Therefore, our model is to help children grieve through a family centered approach.
At A Haven we acknowledge that empowering families to walk through grief together is an important piece in supporting a grieving child. Research now reveals that the number one determining factor on how a child grieves is how the parent/guardian's grieve. In addition, family communication and environment can lessen the burden of grief.
Our focus is on supporting and equipping these trusted adults to help lead their children through grief in a healthy, trust building way. In our groups, we begin and end each group with parents/guardians and children together. All of our groups are located at our center in Exton right off Route 100.
Our Name and Logo
We thought we’d explain a little bit about our name and logo. We chose the name A Haven because of its definition: “a place of refuge or safety.”⠀
When grieving - we can’t fix anything for your family - but what we can do is be there and create a safe space to work through feelings and provide tools for coping. Our desire is that every time you come in contact with A Haven - you feel a sense of safety and refuge.⠀
Our logo is a nest. We chose this because it is a safe place to grow and get stronger. A nest is built ‘piece by piece’ by finding, gathering, and weaving twigs and other materials together. At A Haven, we gather and weave coping skills and hope together through support and education. Our desire is that you will continue to weave more pieces into your nest, little by little, growing stronger together until you are strong enough. And know that one can always go back to the nest if they need.
Meet the Team
MICHELLE NOBLE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
Michelle earned her B.S. from The Ohio State University. She started her career as a Certified Child Life Specialist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the Cancer Center. After working at The Children’s Hospital for three years Michelle took a year to do mission’s work. It was on that trip that Michelle felt a deep calling to build a program where families who had experienced the death of a loved could find a community of support. Michelle volunteered and trained with three different grief programs which include: Cornerstone of Hope, located in Independence, Ohio, and Camp Erin located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In July of 2011, Michelle attended The Dougy Center's Summer Institute new program development training in Portland, Oregon. The Dougy Center is the nation's first and leading grief support center. Michelle has been supporting families since through peer to peer groups as well as individual family support. Michelle believes in partnering with other area non-profits and looks forward to partnering with area schools, churches, and communities to provide quality grief support to families who need it.
Michelle enjoys dinner parties with family and friends, traveling, photography, a good porch, coffee, and seeing people dream big and take risks.
Contact Michelle at: email@example.com
LIZ DREIBELBIS, CLINICAL DIRECTOR& CO-FOUNDER
Liz Dreibelbis earned her B.F.A., in Sculpture with a concentration in art therapy and her Master’s (M.A.)in Creative Arts Therapies from Drexel University and a B.F.A in Sculpture. Liz began volunteering for hospice over ten years ago until she became a Children’s Bereavement Counselor. Liz has been supporting families with a loved one on hospice for over 10 years. Liz is a registered-board certified art therapist (ATR-BC). She has always had a passion for helping those grieving a loved one find support and hope. Liz loves that A Haven uses a holistic approach and creative means to offer hope to those grieving.
Liz also loves a good cup of coffee with a friend, her daily runs, and spending a weekend away in the woods backpacking new trails.
Contact Liz at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Mary Ann Hughes
R. Michael Hughes, DMD