Valerie’s House celebrates FSU visits, the 100th child enrolled, grand opening of Naples & more…

April 2017
 
Valerie’s House Opens in Naples!
 
On March 9, 2017, Valerie’s House opened its doors to dozens of children and their parents at its new Collier County satellite location. With the help of many volunteers, our staff, and the support of The Village School at North Naples Church,-our Naples Home- the night was a wonderful evening of sharing and getting to know each other. Some Naples families have been waiting for over a year for Valerie’s House to come to their community.  Now, the wait is over!
 
 
CEO UPDATE  

 Dear Friends,

Helping our area’s grieving families over this past year and a half has truly become a community effort. School counselors and nurses have helped spread the word about Valerie’s House, many therapists continue to volunteer their time with our children, and a strong Board of Directors is growing and helping us plan for the future.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of highs and lows. The highs are the result of amazing things like being honored as a finalist for the News-Press Person of the Year for 2016, and Valerie’s House being awarded a grant from the Naples Winter Wine Fest.  The lows are what we face when we get a call from a family, where Mom has died, and Dad doesn’t know where to turn. It is because we know Valerie’s House can help them, that we are motivated to keep moving forward with this life-changing work.  In this month’s newsletter you will meet one of our many volunteers who makes it happen.  You will also meet one of our children and see some of the great things our community is doing to help.

Thank you to everyone who is helping us become strong for years to come. Our pressing need right now remains raising money to find a house of our own.The FSU Alumni Club fixed up our rental house this month, and even though I’m a Gator, I have to say, I love them all as they kicked butt! If you are reading this and aren’t involved yet, but want to be, please email me directly.  We welcome your support.

-Angela

 
 
 
Volunteer Spotlight
 
Volunteers are the heart beat of Valerie’s House. Without our dedicated volunteers we could never serve as many children as we do. It is their kindness, warm hearts and generosity that make our groups such a special place. Diane Bova has been a volunteer with us since August and has given our children both her time and talents. Diane is a buddy in group on Wednesday’s twice a month and often treats the families to her delicious home cooking during the potluck dinner. We are so grateful to have Diane on our team. Thank you!
 
Diane in the “little’s” group 
 
“I love seeing the kids come through the door smiling and happy to be here- no matter how hard of a day they’ve had they know we love them & are here to help them get through their loss.” – Diane
 
Interested in volunteering at Valerie’s House?
Contact Danielle today!
 
Meet Gerardo!
 
 
 
 
Valerie’s House groups serve children as young as five years old. Meet our newest ‘little,’ Gerardo. His mom died in a car accident and he comes to group with his grandmother.
 
When asked what his favorite part of Valerie’s House is, he said”I love the Chocolate Meditation.” This mindfulness activity is the way we end all of our grief groups, as an opportunity to center the children and end the session with positive thoughts.
 
Gerardo, Age 5
 
Valerie’s House serves 100th Child
 
Over the last few months, we have grown by leaps and bounds. Currently we serve more than 100 grieving children and their families from the Southwest Florida area. We have 3 locations, including Cape Coral, Naples & Fort Myers, and we serve families from Lee, Collier, Hendry and Charlotte counties.
Are you in need of our grief services?
Email us today!
 

Valerie’s House Elects New Board Members 

 
Valerie’s House is thrilled to welcome five new members to its board of directors. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!
 
 
Victoria Loyola, CPA
Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company
 
Christina Mehta Prendiville, CEO
Mehta Communications
 
Max Haney, Insurance Consultant
Risk Management Insurance
 
Shannon Mullins, CEO
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home
 
Bjorn Rosinus, CEO
Endeavor Workspaces
 
Some of our dedicated board members

Shannon, Melodie, Angela, Christina, Mary, Kristalyn & Donna

 
Community Support
 
 
The Southwest Florida Community has welcomed us with open arms. Recently, Cella Molar and Associates sponsored 4 of our group dinners and provided our kids with an Ice Cream party! Southwest Florida Seminole Club took our kids to a baseball game and spent a weekend beautifying our home in Fort Myers! Thank you for your support!
 
*Upcoming Events*
 
 
Tri-Town Golf Classic
Friday, May 5th
Stoneybrook Golf Club
 
Interested in playing Golf for a good cause, or sponsoring this event?

*Party at Duffy’s afterwards
Already selling fast!
 
Royal Palm Coast Classic
Friday, June 2nd
Port Sanibel Marina
 
Sponsored by the Young Professionals of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association
 
 
SPADA-thon
We are so excited to be apart of
SPADA-thon again this year!
Join us on
May 23, 2016
4-8pm

Call Spada for more information!
239-482-1858
 
Party with The Palm
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
November 18, 2017
6 pm
 
 
Interested in donating to our growing home?
See the list below for items that we are always in need of
 
All donations can be dropped off at 1618 Avalon Pl, Fort Myers Fl 33901.
Contact Danielle for more information.
 
Valerie’s House  | 1618 Avalon PL, Fort Myers Fl 33901  | 239-841-9186  |