Construction has started on an expansion at The WARM Place in Fort Worth.
The WARM Place provides year-round grief support services to children ages 3 ½ to 18 years old and their families, as well as young adults ages 19 to 25, who have experienced the death of a loved one.
A capital campaign for $1.7 million was launched earlier this year to fund the construction project. Plans call for a 3,400 square foot addition to the property. It will allow the nonprofit to host an estimated 32 additional groups and serve 200 more families.
Fort Worth architect Ames Fender designed the original building and was engaged to design the expansion in its likeness. Features of the new facility include four additional group rooms to host peer support groups, an expanded dining room to accommodate group night potluck meals, as well as a large multi-purpose room to host family night event activities and training. New work areas for program staff and additional private offices will be added, as well as an expanded parking area.
Founded in 1989, The WARM Place provides a safe environment for children to express feelings and emotions as well as the opportunity to meet with children and families who are experiencing circumstances like their own. Since its inception, The WARM Place has served as a companion to more than 43,000 children and their families along their grief journeys. Families are never charged a fee for services and there are no geographical limitations or time limits.