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Valerie's House to Re-Open August 3

In-person support groups launch again at its three locations in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties. Safety precautions will be enacted, including requiring face coverings, social distancing, and temperature checks of each person as well as a form that each person will sign attesting they have not been ill or associated with anyone who has COVID-19.  Chairs and floor cushions the children sit on will be placed six feet apart.  Some groups will be conducted outside under tents. Valerie’s House has also added additional nights for grief support to allow for social distancing and increased demand.  Groups now will be offered every night Monday through Thursday at each of the locations throughout Southwest Florida.  Two additional counselors have been hired to accommodate the expanded schedule, bringing the total number of employees to 10, including three licensed clinicians. Virtual groups will continue to be available for families who want to continue meeting online. Valerie’s House is accepting appointments for new enrollments. Families in need of grief support for children can reach Program Director, Amy Strom by phone at 239-841-9186 or by emailing,