New facility retains homey feel of local children’s grief center
FORT MYERS, Fla.–-Valerie’s House, Inc., a Southwest Florida nonprofit helping grieving children work through the loss of a loved one together, has relocated to a home in downtown Fort Myers in order to serve the growing need for services in the community. The previous Valerie’s House was listed for sale by the owner, forcing the non-profit to find another location to serve children.
“The new house brings the same homey feel of our original location, yet has allowed us stability,” said Angela Melvin, Founder and CEO of Valerie’s House. “We have secured a two-year lease on our new home while we begin to build a campaign to raise money so we can build and secure a home of our own.”
The new Valerie’s House Fort Myers location is at 1762 Fowler Street. It has 2200 square feet that includes a main house and two units, plus room for parking and a back yard to play.
The two story yellow and white Victorian house was originally built in 1910. After many years as the home of several early Fort Myers families, the house has been refurbished to accommodate the Valerie’s House organization.
Melvin said, “We are happy to have been the inspiration for bringing life back to this house.”
Valerie’s House children meet weekly at the home for grief support and mentoring. The organization is currently serving 140 children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Sarasota counties at its Fort Myers and Naples locations. The vision of Valerie’s House is that no child will grieve alone. If you know a child struggling with grief, please contact Angela Melvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.valerieshouseswfl.org. Valerie’s House is a United Way Partner Agency and is fully supported through generous donations from the community.