Groundbreaking Ceremony held for Healing House
Nov 15, 2017 02:21PM
By Staff Writer
After two decades of providing support to grieving children across Acadiana, Healing House has grown along with the community it serves. As the only children’s grief center within a 200 mile radius, each year hundreds of children are given a safe space to work through the death of a parent or sibling with a dedicated support staff. Our new, larger location will ensure no child in Acadiana will ever have to grieve alone. The 2.5 acre property, located on Beadle Road in Lafayette, will serve as a refuge for grieving families. The expansive outdoor space will provide room for a meditation garden, labyrinth, children’s play area, and a place for families to gather and connect with others grieving the loss of their loved one.
The new larger facility, named Randon’s Place at Healing House, in memory of Mrs. Randon Constello, will allow Healing House to more than double the number of grief support groups being offered, thus eliminating our current waiting list, and providing ample space for future families requesting services. Randon’s Place at Healing House will feature expanded program areas allowing for specialized support groups based on how the child’s loved one died (extended illness, suicide, homicide, etc.), definitive spaces for adult caregivers to participate in their own support groups, and an extensive resource library available to the community. The anticipated completion date is May 2018.
The new facility’s namesake, Randon Costello, was a wonderful daughter, wife, and mother of Catherine, Ella and Jack. She had a contagious smile and warmth that drew you close to her
Randon was blessed with grace and wisdom, love and compassion, kindness and hope. Randon’s Place at Healing House is a tribute by her family to her faith in God, her sweet character, her love for others, humble manner, uncanny wisdom and enduring hope and perseverance. Randon was and is an undying gift to those who had the good fortune of knowing her. She will live on through her children, and the attributes she shared with others will continue through Randon’s Place at Healing House, opening a pathway to a brighter and more
HEALING HOUSE BOARD AND STAFF Back Row: Stephanie Guidry, Ken Smalling, Gina Aswell, Louise Lambert, Ginger Dykes Front Row: Vicky Brignac, Charlie Cantrell, Jenee Broussard, Kim Thackston, Elisa Davis, Rena Cottam, Brian Broussard
Randon’s Place at the Healing House will be a beautiful, comforting, and safe refuge for grieving children both now, and for the next twenty years, as we continue to service families in Acadiana. compassionate future.
Healing House; Hope for Grieving Children provides an atmosphere that allows children ages 4 to 18 to express their grief through interactive play, expressive art work and discussion groups with peers experiencing the same trauma. All services provided by the Healing House are free of charge and run by volunteers.
Healing House relies on the generosity of our community through individual, corporate and family foundation donations. To make a donation or for more information about Healing House, the services we provide, or the Randon’s Place project, please visit www. healing-house.org or call our office at 337- 234-0443.