Valerie’s House Naples welcomes community for open house

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Nonprofit organization hosts event for families, volunteers, and supporters in Naples.

NAPLES, Fla. (May 3, 2021) – Valerie’s House, the only organization of its kind in Southwest Florida with the sole mission of helping children grieve the loss of a loved one, is hosting an open house at its Naples, Florida location to welcome potential new families, volunteers, mentors, and community supporters interested in learning more. Valerie’s House families, staff, and board members will be onsite to give tours of the grief center, demonstrations of how grief support groups run, and share more about the programs available for children and families who have lost a loved one. Attendees are welcome to tour the home, learn about how to support our region’s grieving families, and enjoy light refreshments and acoustic music by Naples-based band Roman Fortune.

What: Valerie’s House-Naples Open House Event

When: Thursday, June 3, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Valerie’s House Naples, 819 Myrtle Terrace, Naples, FL 34103

Photo Ops: Tours of Valerie’s House and the grief support rooms decorated by local designers, children and families leading tours, children playing outside in Valerie’s House’s outdoor play area, acoustic band Roman Fortune.

Interview Ops: Amy Strom, Director of Partnerships and Clinical Support, Heather Payne, Director of Care and Compassion, Collier County families, Valerie’s House board members.

Why: 1 in 8 children in Southwest Florida will lose a parent or sibling before they turn 25. Right now, there are more than 20,000 children estimated in the region grieving, whether related to COVID-19 or other illnesses and causes of death. Valerie’s House provides ongoing peer grief support groups for children and families at no cost. Events like this help reach more families who need grief support.

For more information, contact Valerie’s House Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant, Alexa Nargi, at [email protected] or 239-204-5804.

Valerie’s House was founded by Angela Melvin in 2016 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grief support services to children and their families at its Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Naples locations. As the first and only grief support program in Southwest Florida focused solely on helping children grieve, Valerie’s House provides a safe, comfortable place for children to bond, grieve, and heal together following the death of a family member.Valerie’s House is a United Way partner agency that is supported by generous donations from the community.

For more information, or to enroll in programs, volunteer, or donate, visit or email [email protected].

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