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LeaP Outside is more than a project; it's a commitment to providing a haven where children and their families can find solace, connect with others, and embark on their journey toward healing.

Our Goal:

Create a Transformational Outdoor Space



Designed to cater to the diverse needs of grieving children and their families, providing a welcoming space where everyone feels included and supported.



To inspire hope, joy, and positive transformation through the introduction of appealing gardens, inspiring art installations, and safe play areas. It aims to create an environment that uplifts spirits and encourages a sense of wonder and possibility for the children and families involved.



Focuses on creating a nurturing sanctuary where children can find comfort, build connections, and embark on their journey toward healing, emphasizing both emotional and physical well-being.

The Transformation Begins:
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"We believe in the power of nature and the positive impact it can have on the healing process. "

Kelsey Powell, spokesperson for the Leadership Pensacola

Class of 2024 Class

What is Valerie's House:

Valerie's House stands as a beacon of healing and solace for families navigating the difficult path of grief. Established in Fort Myers (2016), this organization has evolved into a vital support system, aiding over 3,300 children and parents in the past seven years. Named in memory of Valerie Melvin, a wife and mother whose life was tragically cut short in 1987, Valerie's House provides a safe and comforting space for families to heal together after the loss of a loved one.

The Pensacola Chapter emerged in April 2021, initially supporting 10 children and 15 caregivers. Today, it has blossomed into a pillar of strength for our community, offering support to approximately 215 children and 105 caregivers.

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