Crescent Cove Hospice Care for Kids Marks Fifth-Year Anniversary
This week marks a special anniversary for a Brooklyn Center facility that fills a significant need, but is extremely rare nationwide.
Crescent Cove hospice and respite care for children marked its fifth anniversary since opening on Twin Lake. The facility provides a home-like setting for families of children with shortened life expectancies.
The Brooklyn Center facility is one of only three like it in the entire country and the only one of its kind in the Midwest. The facility can serve up to five children and their families at no charge to them.
“We’ve had incredible, generous support from so many leaders here in Minnesota and volunteers who are willing to help figure out all the details to make it possible to have a home like this for children with life-threatening conditions open long into the future,” said Katie Lindenfelser, executive director and founder of Crescent Cove.
Crescent Cove is working with the legislature to have the state fund end-of-life care, Lindenfelser said. She hopes that will happen in the final days of the legislative session.
“There’s a great need for more support for families and we continue to grow and serve more families,” said Lindenfelser.
While the majority of families are from Minnesota, Lindenfelser said Crescent Cove has families that come from Wisconsin and Iowa and one even from North Carolina. She said Crescent Cove served a total of 370 families last year, but the need is greater.
Also this month, an anonymous donor will match every donation made to Crescent Cove, up to $25,000.
Crescent Cove provides services like music therapy and creative arts for kids. It also recently added an outdoor play space with plans to add an indoor play area and renovate a room to become a family suite.
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