The Douglas Center for Hope and Healing is moving in January to a bigger location, and expanding services.
The move coincides with the relocation of Three Peaks Therapy whose principals are involved with the Douglas center which provides free services for grieving children and adults.
"We have a handful of new trained volunteers who went through grief training," said center director Jodi Wass. "And our peer groups are meeting twice a month for adults and teens. We've wanted to do that for a long time, but we needed to have the staff and trained volunteers."
Three Peaks Therapy and the Douglas center are moving from Highway 395 in Gardnerville to 1677 Lucerne, Suite B, in Minden Village.
"We will have triple the space in our new location," Wass said.
The Douglas center offers peer support groups for children ages 4-18, and their parents or caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Groups meet once a month for children 4-12, and are expanding to twice a month for teens and adults.
Beginning in January, the adult and teen groups will meet 6-7 p.m. the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday of the month. The children's group will meet 6-7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month.
Wass said the center is serving about 20 Douglas County families. She said anyone is welcome to contact the center whether they live in Douglas, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, or other outlying areas.
The center is modeled on the Solace Tree which assists families in Washoe County.
"A new service we're offering is making home visits to families who have experienced a death, but aren't ready to come to a group yet. We will come to their home, meet with them, and share information about the grief process," she said. "We offer the group as future support."
Wass said the center offers the services of a therapist, a grief counselor, the home visit team, and the group.
All services are free except private counseling.
Three Peaks Therapy opened in 2007 with Wass, and therapists Mary Wolery and Lance Crowley.
Crowley and Wolery are married, and are longtime friends with Wass.
"We've been able to offer different services to the community, and, hopefully, we're meeting their needs," Wolery said.
Crowley offers substance abuse treatment groups and individual therapy for a variety of issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and family issues. Wolery and Crowley have a contract with Douglas County Juvenile Probation Office and work with children and families.
Wass specializes in grief and loss and working with adolescents.
"All three of us have been working quite a bit with couples," Wolery said.
She has seen an increase in working with senior citizens.
"There is a nice, broad spectrum of services we provide," she said.
Wass said the therapists are planning an open house in January at their new location.
"The grief center is still seeking donations for the children's room with bean bags, and small tables and art supplies, for the children's grief support group," Wass said.