Mission Message from the Manager

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Spring has finally arrived with summer close on its heels. Doesn’t it seem like we barely get to enjoy one season before the next is here? Particularly this year, as spring was almost non-existent. And that is the way of life. If we don’t slow down enough to be mindful of the moment, it passes and is gone forever.

This year at the Castle, we are slowing down to plan for the future, taking time to ensure that services will be available to grieving children and families for many years to come. With this mindset, Build the Castle month was born. We asked for our families and friends to spread the word and support us through third-party events—and boy, did you show up.

Our hope was 15 events; we ended with 29. Our goal was $20,000 raised; we have already surpassed it. Thank you to those who hosted events—including our SandCastles families and volunteers—as well as to everyone who purchased items, donated to wear jeans or just to donate, ate meals and desserts, and overall enjoyed the events. We ARE in this together, and we are pausing to say a gigantic THANK YOU!!!

It’s not too late to participate. By visiting our Donate page and making a donation, you’ll add your name to an honored list of Castle Builders who are making grief support programs possible for children and families in Metro Detroit. Every grain of sand helps to Build the Castle. As we roll into summer and prepare for Camp Erin – Detroit 2018, please know that you are a valued part of our SandCastles community, and you are truly and meaningfully making a difference in the lives of those around you.

As we plan for the future together, please mark your calendar for the next exciting event at SandCastles. On September 20, 2018, we invite you to “Celebrate” as we honor over 20 years of serving grieving children. Join us at the historic Garden Theater for a night of tastings with some of Detroit’s finest restaurants, all under one roof. Save the date to escape after work for a fun evening of food, friends, and celebration.

In the meantime, let’s not rush it. Enjoy the summer. Get outside, spend time with loved ones, smile, and just be.

Peggy Nielsen
Program Manager, Henry Ford SandCastles