New center supports families dealing with pregnancy loss
The Missing GRACE (Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate) Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to change lives affected by pregnancy and infant loss, reports it will soon open The Center for GRACE.
A grand opening ceremony will take place Friday, June 3, at 21370 John Milless Drive in Rogers, Minnesota. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m., and an open house later in the day from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Center for GRACE will be a refuge and an emotional home to thousands of families who need resources and support for their grief following pregnancy loss, infant loss (in the first year of life), and infertility or adoption challenges.
"We are so honored to be able to bring a much needed physical place of sanctuary to the community for people who need comfort and support during a very difficult time," stated Candy McVicar, founder of Missing GRACE.
The building will serve as the Foundation's national headquarters and will consist of a gift shop, a library/resource room, a playroom, a fireside community room with free Wi-Fi, and office space for counseling services.
There will be ongoing classes, support group meetings and counseling offered for:
--Parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant up to one year of age.
--Children who are grieving siblings who died.
--Women who desire to receive tools to take an active role in their medical care to protect pregnancy.
--Expectant parents with previous losses working through the anxiety, concerns and fears of a subsequent pregnancy.
--Couples looking for medical and natural health solutions as they face infertility and may consider the path of adoption.
"After losing my son at full term, I needed a place to receive support and resources to help me and my family through the journey of grief. Candy and her team were there for us and I am so thankful to see this Center opening to support other families who are faced with the unthinkable loss of a baby." stated Kristi Reinertson, Missing GRACE Crisis Care Team Member.
The Center for GRACE was remodeled and furnished through the support of many businesses and people in the community.
"We are humbled by the community outreach we have received to help make this building a place of comfort and peace for the families it will touch. We are so thankful and look forward to seeing it all put to good use," said McVicar.
For more information about the Missing GRACE Foundation, visit www.missinggrace.org .
About Missing GRACE Foundation
Missing GRACE Foundation (www.missinggrace.org ) was founded in 2002 by Candy and Steve McVicar after their daughter, Grace, was stillborn due to umbilical cord issues. Since then, Missing GRACE has been providing resources and support for about 5,000 families nationwide each year that have experienced pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, or adoption. The Foundation advocates for comprehensive, patient-focused prenatal care for all women. In addition, Missing GRACE has resources available for families in their journey of grief which includes a hospital Crisis Care program, taking keepsake photographs, creating memorial videos, arranging funerals, setting up counseling, and organizing support groups.