As our board came together, the underlying passion that connected us was our wish for a grief center in the Twin Cities; a place where grieving families could receive support when anticipating or coping with the death of a loved one. As a Nonprofit, we rely solely on grant funds and donations so even though we are starting out small, we know this is just the first step to our ultimate dream.
Our next step is to create enough support and awareness to build a retreat-like center that brings children, teens, young adults, and families together in a peaceful, hopeful, and much larger setting. In addition to scheduled services, events, and activities, our retreat center will provide plenty of space for reflection and tranquility. We envision designated areas for children’s play, a teen lounge with reading areas and games, a movie room, a kitchen for weekend/evening gatherings, a library for quiet reading and resources, a yoga/meditation area, a computer room for tutoring and homework, an arts and crafts room, and so much more. Family events will be held including game and movie nights, cooking classes, scrap booking, and potlucks in an effort to connect with other families. We also envision our center in beautiful surroundings with walking trails, play areas, and plenty of cozy chairs to relax in. Our hope is that families will build new memories, take time to bond with others, and find hope in our sense of community. As a way to create long term sustainability, we intend to use our facility as a training and conference center by offering a variety of workshops, educational programs, professional authors and speakers, and continuing education credits when possible.