Support the Sweet Things Fundraiser on December 14, 2017

Want to do a Sweet deed for Brooke's Place while supporting a local business? Want to make your holiday shopping a bit easier at the same time?

Visit Sweet Things at 2288 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, on Dec. 14 from 11a.m. - 5:00p.m., to purchase your favorite gourmet chocolates, gift baskets, candles or gifts. Brooke's Place will receive 15% of total sales that day! No flyer needed... just stop in and shop away! Sweet!

Emilies's Story

The first dead body I ever saw was at the nursing home I worked at in high school. It was my first week there, and needless to say I was NOT prepared for it. Most of my favorite residents passed on before I left for college. That experience helped shape the person I've become.

I think it prepared me to be able to hold the hand of my very best friend in her last days. To sing to her and tell her how very much I loved her, and to not look away even though it hurt, even though I was scared. I brought my son to see her too, because I knew it was important for them to spend time together. We visited often enough in the couple of months she was there that he still calls it "Tina's Hospital" when we drive by.

Wally and I didn't get that time with my husband, Joe. He died suddenly, unexpectedly, and we weren't there to say goodbye. Wally didn't get to tell his daddy he loved him or hold his hand. In one phone call I became a widow, and I had to figure out how I was going to tell our boy his daddy was dead.

Brooke's Place volunteers and outreach staff were hard at work this summer promoting our grief support services at the following events:

  • TABLE TALK @ Faith Hope Love- Networking opportunity with churches and food pantries in underserved communities.
  • IndyHeartbeat Collaborative  (Indiana University)- Event focused on youth violence prevention.
  • Nonviolence & Community Empowerment Festival hosted by No BOBS (No Black on Black Slayings)
  • 2nd Annual Arts and Music in the Park -mental health and suicide prevention awareness
  • Mathew McGee vigil
  • Out of the Darkness Walk (Suicide Prevention)
  • 2017 Goldsplash - Raise awareness for pediatric cancer

On August 11, Brooke's Place held a celebration to thank our dedicated volunteers for all that they give so selflessly to our children and families. In 2016, Brooke's Place volunteers donated a total of 6,648 volunteer hours! We are incredibly grateful to all 158 volunteers who make our programs happen each and every week! Jill Pierce, Coordinator of Program Volunteers, does a phenomenal job in her work with our volunteers.

Thank you to George's Neighborhood Grill for hosting us!

Brooke's Place was thrilled to be selected by the Indianapolis Colts' Offensive Tackle, Anthony Castonzo, to receive a Colts Community Ticket Block for the third year in a row. Three Brooke's Place families attended the Colts game on August 31, while also enjoying meal vouchers, Colts swag and a visit down on the field! We are so grateful to Anthony, the Colts, and all our friends of Brooke's Place who provided special opportunities like these for fun and memorable family experiences amidst the pain of grief.

Thank you, Anthony, and GO COLTS!

Camp Healing Tree and Brooke's PlaceWe are incredibly excited and honored to announce that Camp Healing Tree is now a program at Brooke's Place! We have been partners for many years serving grieving children in central Indiana, and we are now combining our efforts and resources to make Camp Healing Tree AND Brooke's Place even BETTER!

Thank you to the Camp Healing Tree Supervisory Board for this beautiful gift and for your years of dedication to grieving children.

The Brooke's Place office moved at the end of April!  Come see our new home and check out our new signage on the building!

Our new location is 8935 North Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.

Support groups will still be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

"Craig Davis Family enjoying Agape ProgramMy Family was shocked with the sudden and unexpected loss of my wife and mother of my children. The Agape program was absolutely priceless for myself and my children. Once my children knew horses were involved there was no turning back.

All three of my children ages 11, 10 and 7 were all born in Houston, Texas. Yet, we would all be defined as “city slickers or at the least suburban slickers”. The oldest requested Texas ranch style horse riding birthday parties for at least three in a row. All my children love horses. I know the loss of my wife and the loss of the kid’s mommy made us feel helpless and that we are in control of nothing.

This program empowers the kids to understand the importance of communication, caring for one another, and gain a new appreciation for our new family unit. The group simply illustrates how sharing our feelings and thoughts with each other every day is so much part of the process.

Watching my children jump right in and lean to lead a 1700 lbs. horse, learn to groom and care for a horse as a team was awesome. These task skills were then related to the family loss and how to make our needs known to each other. It was a very concrete message and tangible event for the kids and myself in a time that makes no sense at all. Aiden (11) loves telling about how he learned to harness the horses and lead the horses from their stalls for grooming. He especially enjoyed leading the horses on simple walks and complex obstacles. Avery (9) shares that her favorite part was brushing the horses’ long manes because it helped to get dirt off the pretty horses. Landen (7) shares that he liked learning about the grooming tools and being able to touch the horses and use big circle movements to comb the horse’s body. Memories and healing made possible through the people and amazing horses at Agape."

- Craig Davis

What a special night for a very special lady! We were so honored to recognize Marcia Swolsky as the Brooke's Place Volunteer of the Year!

Thank you, Marcia, for all you do for grieving children and families!

Pictured with Beth Swolsky Garisek, Michael Swolsky and Brent Swolsky at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

"Brooke's Place has given my children a safe place to help them through the process of understanding, compassion and patience to talk about and work through their grief."

-Denise C.