Mourning Hope breaks ground on permanent home
Mourning Hope has been a support system for people all over Lincoln for 25 years.
On Thursday, they broke ground to build their permanent home.
Mourning Hope has helped hundreds of children, teens and young adults learn how to grieve after losing a loved one.
For the past 12 years, they've been renting a home. They say there's limited space, and they've outgrown it.
"We'll be able to serve more families and we won't have to limit them and we'll be able to not have people on waiting lists," Pam Deineen, founder of Mourning Hope, said.
Mourning Hope's new home will have an art room, theater, music space and playroom, so kids can have the opportunity to be with other kids who have experienced death in their life.
"What we really want to be able to do is create that space, the healing space for kids, to be able to serve more children, to enhance our programs and services to meet the needs of grieving families throughout all of Lincoln and our surrounding communities," Carly Runestad, executive director of Mourning Hope, said.
Children who went to Mourning Hope after losing a loved one helped break ground on Thursday near Folsom and A streets, like Ryland Parker, who said Mourning Hope is a really great place to go when you're dealing with grief.
"It's just like a place where we can like talk through your emotions," Parker said.
Maggie Pleskac is now a volunteer at Mourning Hope, but was once just somebody who took her they 6-year-old daughter after her husband died from pancreatic cancer in 2015.
"Mourning hope gave me the tools as a parent to understand grief, to see what grief looks like on a six-year-old because it looks different at every age and then also the knowledge that grief changes," Pleskac said.
The services Mourning Hope Provides and the new home they're building are possible through donations.
Here is the link if you would like to donate: https://www.mourninghope.org/donate.html