Wisconsin-based Faith's Lodge provides a place of hope and healing for families who are coping with the serious illness or death of a child. The Lodge operates year-round and serves specific groups based on need. While Faith’s Lodge serves any families who have experienced the death of child, Campaign L2V is the first time programming has been focused on death related to violence.
“There is a need for hope and healing, no matter how you’ve lost a child,” said Faith’s Lodge Executive Director, Kelly McDyre. “We’re proud to work with Georgia to support Campaign L2V and serve the needs of so many people who may not otherwise know that we’re here to help.”
In 2007, Ellyse took a trip to Faith’s Lodge to cope with her own loss and received invaluable support. As a top-rated radio personality on Twin Cities-based KMOJ/89.9 FM, Ellyse is excited to use her platform to build awareness for parents who may need the same help.
“This issue is so relevant in our communities today,” said Ellyse. “Just two months ago, tragedy struck, taking the lives of innocent children in Newtown. And, in 2012, violence repeatedly took the lives of children here in Minneapolis, and we can’t forget about tragedies like Trayvon Martin. Sure, we can offer our condolences and hold rallies, but who offers a place for those parents to heal? It is my hope that by building awareness through Campaign L2V, Faith’s Lodge can become that place of healing.”
L2V includes a social media campaign, public appearances and video testimonials from community leaders affected by child violence. The campaign will also select eight applying families for a stay at Faith’s Lodge the weekend of April 18-21, 2013.
Campaign L2V: From Victims to Victory runs February 1 through March 31, culminating with a retreat April 18-21 for eight selected families. Families who have lost children to violence and are interested in receiving counseling services should call 612-825-2073. Scholarships and transportation available for three-day weekend.
For more information, visit http://faithslodge.org/