Photo courtesy of Billy’s Place

The West Valley is home to Billy’s Place, a unique haven that provides free grief support for children. The center, currently one of the few of its kind, is set to expand its vital services thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities.

Billy’s Place, 21448 N. 75th Ave., Suite 5, Glendale, has carved a niche. It serves children by offering ongoing support/education groups each month, which include the loss of a parent, loss of a sibling, young adult grief, and traumatic loss groups, as well as a kicking back night for children only.

The programs at Billy’s Place are uniquely structured to cater to children’s needs, utilizing play, art, storytelling, music, and conversation to facilitate discussions around death and loss.

With the financial boost from Thunderbirds Charities, the center anticipates expanding its reach to over 6,500 individuals. The expansion will enhance access to critical support and resources throughout their grief journey, positively impacting their mental and physical health. The funding will also underpin the growth of all current programs, school-based training, and community outreach.

Expressing her gratitude for the charity’s support, Executive Director of Billy’s Place Kris Friedman, emphasizes the importance of their mission. “We are so thankful to Thunderbirds Charities for their commitment to children and grief in Maricopa County,” she says.

Friedman acknowledged the bitter-sweet nature of the center’s growth, noting the unfortunate circumstances that lead families to seek their support. However, she also profoundly appreciative for the opportunity to assist these families on their challenging journeys.

With this grant, Billy’s Place is set to continue its important work, providing solace and support to grieving children in the West Valley. To learn more, visit