Helping families whose child was Lost To Violence
Did you know?
- More children and teens die from guns every three days than have died in the Newtown massacre.
- 9,595 people were killed in gun violence in 2010. That’s a combined loss of 400,000 years of life to gun violence.
- The number of children killed by guns in 2010 was more than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year.
- Between 1979 and 2010, 119,079 children and teens died from guns. That’s more than all of the U.S. soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam, Korean, Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined.
Faith’s Lodge Ambassador Georgia Ellyse has joined with us to present a groundbreaking campaign dedicated to raising awareness and supporting families who have lost children to violence.
In 2007, Ellyse took a trip to Faith’s Lodge to cope with her own loss and received invaluable support. As a model and 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. While Faith’s Lodge serves any families who have experienced the death of child, Campaign L2V marks the FIRST time our programming has been focused on death related to violence. We look forward to opening our doors to help families who suffer from such a tragic loss heal.
“This issue is so relevant in our communities today,” said Ellyse. “Just a few 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.”
Faith’s Lodge will open its doors April 18-21, 2013 to eight qualifying families in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin who are grieving the death of a child lost to violence. Weekend programming for Campaign L2V will include:
- Family accommodations for up to four (4) nights
- Therapuetic activites for parents and surviving children (both together and separate)
- Grief group discussion facilitated by a licensed therapist
- Time for reflection
- Family games/activities
- Transportation to and from Faith’s Lodge
Campaign L2V runs now through March 31, culminating with a retreat April 18-21 for the first eight qualifying families. Families who have lost children to violence and are interested in participating should register today.
Please note that we are full at this time. Please call 612-825-2073 if you have questions or would like to be added to the waiting list.