Address and business hours:
Mailing Address – PO Box 537, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Physical Address – 306 E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (at Anna LaBenz Photography)
When was the organization established? How long has it been active in Flagstaff?
JLB Project was founded in 2007 by Anna and Mike LaBenz following the loss of their son JLB (Jack’s Little Brother) to an umbilical cord accident at full-term. The founded JLB Project to make the journey different for other families. JLB Project provides care at Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center. Our services are available to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby.
What does the organization do? What is your main goal/purpose?
JLB Project’s mission is to make the journey easier for families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death through supportive care, bereavement services, and education.
JLB Project is with the family every step of their journey. The services provided are customized to each family’s needs and wishes. Our trained care team members are professional and extremely sensitive to the loss of a child.
We offer the following in-hospital services:
- Sitting beside with the family during the loss
- Customized care bag containing clothing and blanket for baby, keepsakes, grief literature for the entire family, teddy bears to fill empty arms, and comfort items for Mom
- Professional photography services
- Follow-up care
We offer the following services to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby:
- Bi-monthly Heart Work grief group, co-facilitated by JLB Project co-founder Anna LaBenz and Dr. Chris Gunn
- A community of families who know and understand the unimaginable loss of a child
- Customized care bag containing grief literature and other items
- Heart Work grief workshops twice per year
JLB Project is working to create a Children’s Garden to be a positive place of emotional healing for all members of the Flagstaff community and offer a public remembrance of all children lost. So often the loss of a child is a silent and hidden grief and it is our hope we can establish a public space outside of the cemetery to celebrate our children.
How do people get involved (can people volunteer, give donations, etc)?
JLB Project provides all good and services at no charge to the families. We could not fulfill our mission without our amazing volunteers and donors. Volunteer opportunities include fund-raising, community awareness, special events, family support and program involvement. Financial donations of all sizes are always appreciated.
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We hope that our services are not needed; however, we are here if and when tragic circumstances arrive. If you have suffered the loss of a baby, we are here to support you. If someone you love experiences this tragedy, please let them know there are resources available.
JLB Project provides all good and services at no charge to the families. Financial donations of all sizes are always appreciated. To find out how you can help, please contact our office at 928-774-1487 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have any special events coming up?
Little Angels Photo Shoot – June 6 & 7, 2014
Walk to Remember – October 4, 2014
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day – October 15, 2014
Chocolate Carnival – January 24, 2015
What is your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff and serving our community?
There is a beautiful community surrounding JLB Project. Flagstaff continues to amaze us in their support – financial and otherwise – of JLB Project. This support lets our families know their babies lives mattered, their babies are remembered, and that they are not alone.
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