Exterior Northwest View
With families, there comes a time when you outgrow your house and simply need more room to do what you do – be a family. This is the case with the Erin’s House for Grieving Children family.
Northeast Interior View
“The WING is so special because it will provide us with an additional 4,500 sq. ft. specifically designed for teens and young adults. A place that they can call their own.” -- Debbie Meyer, Executive Director at Erin's House for Grieving Children
Exterior Southeast View
We asked some of our current Erin’s House teens what their dream is for the new addition to Erin’s House. Mayah, age 15, is so thrilled to just have “a designated space to chill out.” Piper, age 17, didn’t skip a beat and answered with, “an ice cream machine, and also a soda machine. [I would like] any machine that you can have fun with and make a mess, because that’s what teenagers do.
Exterior Southwest View
In 2019, Erin’s House was selected as a recipient of the WOWO Penny Pitch funds. This started the plan to build a “teen-young adult house” for the organization, which will be called The WING. The project was put on hold due to COVID-19 constraints. At the annual Common Bond Breakfast 2023, we announced the “kick-off” of this capital campaign.
Exterior Northeast View
The WING will be adjacent to Erin’s House, in our backyard, increasing our program space by 29%. There will be three counseling rooms, a large program “hang-out” space, and a “quiet room."
Interior Southwest View
Building Committee Chair, Chris Gomez, stated, “This project is so important for the mental health of our young adults in our community. One in eight children/young adults will be grieving the death of a sibling or parent in
2023--that’s 316,000 in Northeast Indiana.”
“Erin’s House is blessed to call Fort Wayne home. None of this would have been possible without the support of the entire community in Northeast Indiana. And in the words of one of our Erin’s House children, it truly will continue to be ‘the happiest place to be sad’.” Stated Meyer.
Erin’s House anticipates The WING to be complete in late spring 2024. Over the next year, there will be opportunities for the community to support the Erin’s House building project. MSKTD is designing the building and has produced these renderings of the new addition.
More information on donation opportunities coming soon!