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Charity of the Month - Faith's Lodge

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild


Faith's Lodge -
A Place Where Hope Grows


Faith’s Lodge is the Minnesota Wild Charity/Non-Profit for the month of November, and will be featured during the Wild’s home game vs. the Calgary Flames on Saturday, November 3.  As the Non-Profit charity of the month, Faith’s Lodge will be featured at the game through public address announcements and an in-arena video segment. 

Click here to watch the video.

In its Northwoods setting near Webster, Wisconsin, Faith’s Lodge was created and designed for families who are facing the most challenging time of their lives – the serious illness or loss of their child.  It is a place to renew, reflect and find hope.  Faith’s Lodge provides an affordable, temporary respite for guests by offering them a peaceful escape to refresh their minds and spirits, while spending time with others who understand what they are going through. 

Debbie Plemel of Cottage Grove was asked what she’ll always remember about her family’s trip to Faith’s Lodge. She laughed as she recounted listening to her daughter giggle her way through the woods while she rode on the Lodge’s 4-wheel Prowler with Kristi Luenzmann, Faith’s Lodge program director. 

“I haven’t seen her smile like that in a long time,” Debbie recalls. 

Faith's Lodge, which sits on 80 beautiful wooded acres in Wisconsin, provides a place for families in the greiving process. Click here to watch the video.
This past summer, Debbie, her husband Larry and their 17-year-old daughter Brooke spent a wonderfully peaceful, reflective, nature-filled week at Faith’s Lodge relaxing and enjoying time together. Since Brooke was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor last August, those aren’t words the family typically uses to describe their weeks. 

“She finished chemo on Monday and we left on Tuesday,” said Debbie.  “It was an incredible break and a relief to have a normal week, one without a trip to the doctor.”

Faith’s Lodge was founded by Susan and Mark Lacek.  After experiencing the loss of their daughter, Faith Ann, the Lacek’s wanted to help other parents dealing with the pain of losing a child. An early supporter of the Lacek’s mission was the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest (RMHC, UM.)  The organization supported Faith’s Lodge with a significant three-year grant for family programming.

Faith’s Lodge sits on approximately 80 acres, which includes a small private lake and nature trails.  The Lodge is more than 12,000 square feet and has eight guest suites, a great room, library, movie room, play room and arts and craft area.  Guest suites can accommodate four to six people, depending on the room. 

To stay at Faith’s Lodge, guests need a referral, which can be provided by health care or mental health professionals, clergy or organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities.  There is a suggested minimum donation of $25 per night, but because the organization understands that many families undergoing these hardships are also under financial stress, families who can’t pay won’t be turned away.  To learn more about Faith’s Lodge, visit www.faithslodge.org or call 612-825-2073.
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