Team Hope co-chairs

Displaying an artist's rendition of the planned Mourning Hope facility are (from left) Team Hope co-chairs Doug and Pam Ganz, and Terry and Dave Hansen.

The Mourning Hope Grief Center announced Nov. 27 that its “Make Room for HOPE” capital campaign is more than halfway to its $4 million goal.

The campaign will build Lincoln’s first permanent facility dedicated to supporting children, teens and families grieving the death of someone significant in their lives. The building will also house additional services and resources that address adverse childhood experiences.

The “Make Room for HOPE” capital campaign is co-chaired by Doug and Pam Ganz, and Dave and Terry Hansen, with 10 additional community volunteers serving on “Team HOPE,” the campaign cabinet. Under their leadership, the campaign has raised more than $2.2 million.

“The generosity of our community continues to amaze us,” said Carly Runestad, executive director. “Mourning Hope relies on the support of individual donors, businesses and foundations. And while we are celebrating this milestone, we know there are others who are just getting to know what this campaign is all about.”

Mourning Hope plans to build at 1311 S. Folsom St., adjacent to the Willard Community Center and Schroeder Park. The new center will provide bereavement support for children, teens, young adults and their families. The home-like design includes a multi-purpose room with substantial participant capacity, and specialty breakout rooms of various sizes for healing activities.

Lead “Make Room for HOPE” donors include a local family foundation; Union Bank & Trust; Nelnet; Ameritas; Dave and Terry Hansen; Mourning Hope’s board of directors, board of trustees and staff; and the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln.

Lori Vrtiska Seibel, president and CEO of CHE, said: “I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our community is an indelible commitment to our children, and especially those children who are facing unbelievable grief, loss and adversity. This project represents an opportunity for our generation to unmistakably demonstrate that we cared about the next.”

The “Make Room for HOPE” campaign is still in the quiet phase, with ongoing discussions taking place throughout the community. The public campaign will be announced when fundraising is more than two-thirds complete.

For more details about Mourning Hope and the “Make Room for HOPE” capital campaign, visit mourninghope.org/aboutus/capitalcampaign.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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