Valerie’s House is a loving place for grieving families where children learn that loss doesn't have to limit their dreams. We are a special place for children and families in Southwest Florida to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. Our mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Our vision is that no child will grieve alone. Learn more.

I love to tell anyone how much Valerie’s House has helped us in this time in our lives. I felt so alone in my grief journey, but ever since I joined you guys, I feel like I can do this, I can make it through this loss and hopefully be stronger one day again.
— Heather and her son, Carson, age 7


Valerie's House programs are designed to give children and families a safe place to share, grieve, and grow. Children will know other children like them, heal together and learn loss doesn't have to limit their dreams. Valerie's House also supports parents and caregivers as they cope with the loss of a spouse or child. We provide our programs at no cost to your family.

If your child could benefit from the Valerie's House program, please contact us. Our locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Cape Coral provide programs to serve the children of Southwest Florida.



Valerie’s House is named after Valerie Melvin, a nurse and a mother of two, who was killed in a car accident in Fort Myers in 1987. There were very few resources for Valerie’s family then, and grief support resources are still limited today. That is until Valerie’s oldest daughter, Angela, was inspired to bring this mission to grieving children and their families in Southwest Florida. Learn more.