Our mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives.

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Valerie’s House is the first and only organization in Southwest Florida with its sole mission to help children grieve the loss of a loved one.

With locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda, Valerie’s House is a special place where children connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. 

At Valerie’s House, children know others their own age, and they learn that loss doesn't have to limit their dreamsIn addition to a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, Valerie’s House is a family of others grieving. Many have also gone through this journey and are here to help you and your children see that there is hope.

All of our resources go directly to providing children and their families a safe place to share, grieve, and grow. Learn more.




At Valerie's House, children will know other children like them, heal together and learn loss doesn't have to limit their dreams. Valerie's House programs also provide support for parents and caregivers as they cope with the loss of a spouse or child. We provide our group support programs at no cost to your family.

If your child could benefit from the Valerie's House grief support program, please contact us. We have locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda to support grieving children in Southwest Florida.

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 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.


Valerie’s House children and team members share their stories of grief, support, and inspiration