SHELTON- Adam’s House is holding a Grand Opening Celebration Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Shelton, CT, to introduce the non-profit grief education center at 241 Coram Ave. to community leaders and residents.
“After more than three years of fundraising, we are thrilled to be able to open our doors,” said Executive Director and Founder Allison Wysota. “We hope many people will stop by to learn more about our plans to help grieving families and children in Connecticut.”
Wysota was inspired to create Adam’s House after her husband, Adam Wysota, died on May 6, 2012, and she sought grief counseling for herself and her three sons. At Adam’s House, grieving families and children will gather together to draw strength and support from their peers. In eight-week programs guided by trained facilitators, parents will gain insights and strategies for dealing with their loss. At the same time, their children will join their own special groups to explore their feelings through art, play and peer-support activities.
Wysota encourages Shelton residents to be among the first to take an indoor tour of the charming, newly renovated home designed to offer a warm, comforting setting for families, volunteers and staff. “We are looking to build a community here of trust, healing and encouragement, said Wysota.” With strong community support, Adam’s House hopes to provide a healing place that inspires grieving families to once again, live their lives to the fullest.”
Wysota said there are many myths and misconceptions about grief. “For example, the old way of thinking taught bereaved people that when someone dies, he or she ceases to exist and should no longer be discussed at any length. The grieving family member or friend should “get over it,” and stop grieving typically six months after a death, according to society. Wysota said research now teaches that there is no “getting over it,” but that grieving people can establish what is called, ‘continuing bonds,’ ways that the deceased person can have a presence in a grieving loved one’s life. In that way, a mother knows that it is healthy for a son to make a gift to honor a Dad who has died because it’s a way to establish the late Dad’s presence in the boy’s life.”
Wysota is proud that Adam’s House represents a strong grassroots network of Connecticut supporters who helped raise the funds to purchase the home. Adam’s House honors the legacy of Adam Wysota, a beloved father, Little League coach and active volunteer in his Weston, CT community. Before his passing, Adam Wysota held prestigious Wall Street positions at Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.
“I’m very grateful for the hundreds of supporters who have helped realize our first goal of purchasing a beautiful new home in a wonderful location for Adam’s House,” said Wysota. “But we still have more to accomplish before we are ready to deliver our special programs next year to grieving families and children.”
Already, volunteers from Alcoa Howmet in Branford, CT, have donated their time and painting skills to help paint the children’s room at Adam’s House The company also provided a grant to fund the children’s program materials. Wysota invites many local companies, schools and individuals to donate their expertise and their time to support Adam’s House. Weston high school students who are members of the National Honors Arts Society volunteered their Sundays to paint beautiful room murals. In addition, Adam’s House future renovations need the fundraising support of companies and individual sponsors.
“We have many opportunities for volunteer projects, from day-long tasks to projects that require longer commitments,” said Wysota. “We welcome new friends from the Shelton and neighboring communities to pitch in and help us create a nurturing, supportive environment empowering grieving families to find renewed hope and encouragement in life.”
Adam’s House Mission
At Adam’s House, we believe no child should ever grieve alone. Each child deserves a supportive and understanding community to learn and explore their feelings of loss. All grief journeys are unique and grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. At Adam’s House, we will be a partner in support of your healing process.
Adam’s House Background
Adam’s House is located at 241 Coram Ave. in Shelton, CT and is an entity of The Adam Wysota Foundation. Adam’s House is a 501c3 organization. All donations to Adam’s House are tax deductible. For further information, go to adamshousect.org or call 203-513-2808.
(This is a press release from Adam's House)