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The Bay Center is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to support our community through programs that inspire personal growth, wholeness, & well-being.

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Please join the Bay Center for support, understanding, and acceptance through the grieving process. The Grief Support Groups, facilitated by licensed professional counselors, clergy members, and trained grief facilitators, help participants explore their reactions to loss within a trusting and confidential environment. Participants learn about the grieving process and develop strategies for coping to begin to integrate this change in their lives. Along with the Kilmarnock Grief Support Group, new in 2022, a Heathsville Grief Support Group has been added, along with a Loss From Suicide Grief Support Group, and a Holiday Season Grief Support Group. Learn more about the Grief Support Groups.

In an effort to remember loved ones who have passed, we gather together and honor their memory by reading their names and sharing a moment in time together. This annual non-denominational gathering began in 2021 – members of the Kilmarnock United Methodist Church Bell Choir ring bells honoring each name given by attendees; candles are lit Together, in Grief, with Courage, for Memory, of Love, and of Hope; there is a short reading, and the service finishes with Taps. Please join us in 2023. 

Learn More about this meaningful event.

The Bay Center has joined together with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock to bring the Pledge to End Racism to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. During two days of education and discussion on addressing racism, participants learn together and challenge one another. Moving from education to action,  participants then commit to spread racial justice throughout our community. Learn More about The Pledge to End Racism.

The Bay Center holds an annual gathering for the Helpers & Healers of our community, providing an opportunity to meet, share information, and network with others who hold common interests and clientele – those who provide healthcare, psychological, clerical, spiritual, and complementary services in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Learn more about the Helpers & Healers gathering.

There is a collective agreement that caregivers need support. A caregiver is defined as a family member or friend who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. The CDC reports one in five Americans are caregivers and one out of seven adults expect to be caregivers in two years. According to the population in our area, it may be as high as one in three as caregivers. 

A 6-week series – May 4th to June 8th, Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm, exploring the work of Carl Jung. This series is completed, but to learn more, please click here.

6-Week Movement and Mindfulness series will hold time and space for participants to learn mindfulness and stress-relief techniques that may easily be incorporated into their everyday lives. This series is completed, but to learn more, please click here.

Are you part of a civic or church group, service organization, neighborhood association, other type of club or community group and would like to learn more about The Bay Center? The Bay Center’s Speakers Bureau offers Board members for your gathering who are happy to share the many aspects of The Bay Center. From its history within the Northern Neck, current list of programs and services offered, how we “connect” and build community support with services and providers, and what’s on the horizon for the coming year, we can tailor a talk to meet your needs. Interested? 

6-Part Series Exploring World Religions

Caregiver Support Pilot Program

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Our programs are supported by the Robert B. Lantz Foundation, the Agape Fund, the River Counties Community Foundation, donations from program participants, and individuals wishing to support The Bay Center.

The Bay Center
P.O. Box 938 
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

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