Jessica’s House is inviting the public to attend a “Tour of the Heart” to learn about what makes Jessica’s House a safe place for families.
Opening its doors in 2012, Jessica’s House is a place for grieving children, teens, young adults, and families to share their experiences through art, talking, and play.
“Jessica’s House is based on the model of peer support,” explains Erin Nelson, the executive director of Jessica’s House. “It creates a safe place where children learn they are not alone.”
The “Tour of the Heart” will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at Jessica’s House, located at 741 E. Main St. The tour will allow guests to hear inspirational stories of hope and see examples of the healing that takes place at Jessica’s House.
“Research shows that children who don’t have a place to express themselves in loss don’t do as well in life, and we know programs such as these make a difference,” Nelson says. “We want to support grieving families to help create a healthier and more compassionate community.”
Jessica’s House is named in memory of Jessica Everett, who was born April 5, 1995 in Turlock, to Michael and Danielle Everett. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 6, she faced her disease with determination and grace, often reaching out during her hospital stays to help other children who were ill. Jessica died in 2004, at the age of nine, yet her compassion for hurting families now lives on through the gift of Jessica’s House.