ALICE'S HOUSE,
Sally Dean's Story

"There was very healing energy in the walls of that house,” said Janet Gibson, president of Alice’s House, right after the fire. My time, like so many others, has special meaning. My dearest friends and I had stayed there on a couple of weekends. I was lucky to have been there with Kate DiSantis, who died the following month after a battle with brain cancer. Sitting at the old kitchen table with Kate's family playing old maid with her sisters and nieces and nephews I felt as if we had time traveled back to Kate's own childhood home- it truly resembled the Norwell home. Kate couldn't speak, but eyes told me she was there and we were able to laugh a lot. Later we all sat cuddled up to Kate in the beautiful living room where a big driftwood wreath like this one adorned the old fireplace. Laughter and sharing and love are the memories I keep of her because of this time and place. On another weekend my friends and I were there and lit lanterns on the beach to honor the universe- it was 11-11-11 at 11 :11 PM. I'm not going to go into it but there were some crazy antics that night! I would have never been able to be there if not for the love and generosity of my friends who provided the space for us.

I made this driftwood wreath in early November 2010 at Alice's house on Humarock beach. - Sally Dean

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My dear friend Kim took the above picture and wrote this the night of the fire... "Janet has been so amazing on so many levels. So giving. As I watched the last flames flicker, the firefighters raking the coals and tossing remains aside... the washing machine barrel, the dryer - bent, flattened and blackened shell, I thought of the many little things like the journals in the basket on the little table in the kitchen that held a piece of the story of all who had visited, the amazing vintage tablecloths hanging so perfectly in the kitchen closet, the beautiful driftwood wreath over the fireplace, the altar with stones and shells...."

People who stayed at Alice's wrote in the journals that were there in the house- many many words of love and healing. Heart shaped rocks were left around the house by the families. Janet Gibson is the kind of person who makes things happen. I am so lucky to call her my friend. The house is gone, but the love and healing spirit will last forever.

To learn more about Alice’s House or to contribute, please reach out to Janet Gibson at 781-834-8993.

ALICE'S HOUSE STORIES

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To learn more about Alice’s House or to contribute, please reach out to Janet Gibson at 781-834-8993.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
TO REBUILD ALICE'S HOUSE

Destroyed by fire, the question asked was whether a new Aliceʼs House would rise from the ashes. Hearing of the profound impact the house had on so many lives, the non-profit organization launched an initiative in 2015 to rebuild Aliceʼs House. Architectural plans are complete. A contractor has been selected. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2016. The new Aliceʼs House will have four bedrooms and baths, a wide-open first floor gathering space and kitchen, a wrap around deck leading to the beach and full handicap accessibility. Although new, the design will maintain the houseʼs original foot- print and comforting embrace, welcoming the majesty of the Atlantic waves just a hundred feet across the sand. Once rebuilt, the new Aliceʼs House will be financially self sustaining. Summer rentals will provide an economic base which will be augmented by guest donations throughout the year.