WHAT WE DO
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 dreams. In 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 grieve and grow. Learn more.
Our mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives.
HELP AND HEALING ARE ON THE WAY
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.
THE STORY OF VALERIE'S HOUSE
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.