June 2018

We celebrated 10 years of service to the Tampa Bay community by opening the doors of the Lutz SKP house and providing tours to many who never knew what SKP was all about. Attendees found a great appreciation for the services that are being provided to the grieving children and families in our community. We are looking forward to the next 10 years in Tampa Bay and possibly beyond!

Suncoast Kids Place also celebrated 10 years through the creation of a new logo!


September 2017

Suncoast Kid's Place was recently blessed by Sloan Hodges who continues his bond with his older brother, Caleb, who died at the young age of 19 in a motorcycle accident.  Sloan coordinated a day of working with his mom, dad and little brother, as well as many of his extended family and friends, building two picnic tables and a bench in memory of his brother Caleb.  The picnic tables are placed in the back of the SKP house and the bench is located in the solitude of the butterfly garden.   Sloan has left a legacy of his brother for all present and future SKP families to enjoy and to help us remember that the relationship we had with our deceased will live on.  


August 2017

New Grief Support Group for Adults

Healing After Heartache, will begin on August 7th, 2017. It is for all persons 18 years old and older, who have experienced the death of a significant person.  This group will mix educational components about the grief journey with experiential activities to build resiliency and help participants adjust to life without their person.  Involvement in other SKP groups is not required to participate, but this group can be attended in addition to other SKP groups.  This group is free of charge.

Healing After Heartache will meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 7:00-8:30 pm at Suncoast Kid's Place, 16914 Lakeshore Road.  If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this support group, contact info@suncoastkidsplace.org or 813-990-0216 for more information.

A safe place to go where others understand your pain; where you can receive hope and healing.

(This group is for adults 18 years and older)

February 2017 

November 2016

Artwork from SKP children will be on display at an upcoming art show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center

Visionaries: Artists Building Strong Communities
Visionaries is an exhibit that showcases programs that build creativity and vitality in Tampa through the arts. The exhibit will highlight arts organizations and participant’s art that shows that creativity is the catalyst for positive change within communities.

Official Gallery Opening: Friday, November 4 (5-8 pm)

October 2016

Suncoast Kid's Place website has been updated! Special thanks to the Bay Hope Church Tech team!

News Archive

June 2015

Another year of SKP groups have wrapped up.  This was an amazing year!  Groups ended with a balloon release.  

February 2015

Suncoast Kids Place provided 2 camps to grieving children and families this month.  The first camp was our 4th annual Camp Healing Hearts, a camp for families that have experienced a cancer related death of someone important.  This was a beautiful weekend retreat where many families found comfort.  The second camp was Camp Erin Tampa Bay.  This is a national camp, but this was the first time that we provided this camp to the Tampa Bay area.  It was an awesome weekend that allowed almost 60 children and teens grieve in a safe environment.  We also want to send a big shout out to the volunteers that helped out at both of theses camps, without them none of this would be possible.

November 2014

Children's Grief Awareness Day was Thursday, November 20.  Suncoast Kids Place presented a few schools on that day during the Great American Teach-in.  We educated many students on children's grief.  We also hosted our first Children's Grief Awareness Festival at the Lowry Park Bandshell.  It was an amazing event!  There was great music and awesome speakers.

September 2014

Starting September 3rd SKP will be offering a Healing After a Loved Ones Suicide (HALOS) group for teens as well as for adults!
Click here for more information

August 2014

SKP was recently featured in an article focusing on the suicide of Robin Williams and how it is leaving an impression on our society.

"Williams’ death is tragic, but it has focused attention on a topic that many people would prefer to avoid, said Betsey Westuba, chairwoman of the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition."

Click here for the full article: http://lakerlutznews.com/lln/?p=20903

April 2014

Suncoast Kids Place has been recently featured in the news!  The article ran in the 3 regional papers around the Tampa area: the City Times, North of Tampa, and the Brandon Times.  Thank you to Arielle Waldman for featuring our organization.

The article can also be found here: 

November 2013

The 3rd annual Expressions of Grief & Hope art show opened!
The art by grieving children and teens will be on public display through November and December.

September 2013

September 28, 2013
Time TBA
USF vs Miami Football Game!
Proceeds from tickets sold will go towards Suncoast Kids Place.
Click here to view the flyer.
Tickets can no longer be purchased, thank you for your support.

August 2013

New website goes live!

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Where Children Find Comfort, Camaraderie and Hope After Loss

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17030 Lakeshore Road Lutz, FL 33558