Rising from the ashes of a 2012 fire at Humarock Beach, the nonprofit seaside retreat known as Alice’s House is being rebuilt so that it can continue to serve those seeking respite. Individuals, families and groups with a shared commitment or common interest are all welcome at this sanctuary by the sea. Some guests come for solitude or healing from illness or bereavement while others come to share a collective experience like yoga, team building and creative enrichment.
The newly constructed handicap-accessible home will feature four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a first floor gathering space and kitchen and decks overlooking the ocean. A $750,000 capital campaign to finance the construction, furnishings and contingencies is being overseen by a board of directors. The group has successfully raised half of the needed funds, thanks to the generosity of community supporters and past guests, and there will be major gift solicitations and fundraising events in coming months to generate the balance.
Construction is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2016. When it is complete, the new house will be financially self-sustaining, supported by a combination of summer and off-season rentals. Reservations for respite or community retreats can be made by contacting Janet Gibson, the organization’s founder and president. —Deborah J. Cornwall