Children's Lighthouse Of Minnesota
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3440 Beltline Blvd Ste 207 St Louis Park MN 55416 USA
The mission of crescent cove is to offer care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy, and their families.
Advocacy and education:a large part of our effort toward achieving our mission is to raise awareness about the need for children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy and their families, as well as the need for a children's hospice and respite care home in minnesota. Our organization has a speakers' bureau where community organizations like the lions clubs, knights of columbus, rotary clubs and optimists clubs invite a volunteer from crescent cove to speak about our mission. During these speaking engagements, volunteers share the mission of crescent cove and our goals for raising money to build the home where children and families wills stay for respite and end-of-life care. Another way that we raise is by having a booth set up at conferences and events. For example, in 2014 we had a booth at the minnesota network of hospice and palliative care conference, american academy of pediatrics minnesota chapter conference, north star bicycle festival and the school nurse's conference. Between these four areas our mission was shared with approximately 5,000 individuals. This estimation is drawn from over 10 speaking engagements with between 15-200 people in attendance and 3 locations where we had a booth in which there were between 150 -20,000 in attendance. We also have a website and database with over 2,000 contacts and a facebook page with over 1,700 participants. Our volunteer board of directors, committees and other volunteers total over 120.
development:this area of our mission and initiative includes both development related to fundraising to build and operate a residential children's hospice, and development related to our efforts to secure land and develop operational and building plans for crescent cove. Both of these areas require many meetings with individuals who may be potential donors to help build the home as well as people working for health care organizations, attorneys, community leaders, architects, accountants and city officials. Our clinical advisory and building advisory committees are active and meet monthly to quarterly. These councils include individuals with professional backgrounds related to these areas of expertise to assist in building and raising money for a children's hospice and respite care home and serving children with palliative care needs. Throughout 2014 we continued to meet with the minnesota department of health to determine the parameters of building on a site we have been reviewing in a community outside of minneapolis. We held our 2nd annual home plate gala in january 2014. This was a successful fundraising event that also shared our mission with over 300 potential donors. A number of third party fundraisers were held for our organization in 2014 and planning and follow up visits took place with participants and attendees including those from the north star bicycle festival.
family support and outreach:our mission is to offer care and support to children and young adults with shortened life expectancy and their families. While we work towards building a residential children's hospice and respite home where children with life-limiting conditions will stay for short respite breaks or for care with their family at the end-of-life, we reached over a dozen families in 2014. While we do not currently provide respite and end-of-life care or palliative care services, it is our goal to begin reaching out to families who are both bereaved and caring for a child with a life limiting condition. Many of these families are involved as volunteers and engage in speaking on our behalf with community organizations. These family members are involved because they know firsthand the need for this children's hospice and respite care home and want to help raise awareness and funds to build this home. At many of our speaking engagements a bereaved parent attends and speaks about the need and the mission from their perspective of having personally experienced the death of a child and the need for another option other than having their child die at home or at the hospital. Each family that is involved is welcome to write about their experiences and these are shared on our website. Additionally, in 2014 we covered the expenses for several families to visit a retreat center so that they could have a short time away with their child.
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