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About

Who uses Alice’s House?

Individuals, families, and groups are welcome at Alice’s House to heal, rekindle a relationship, or renew themselves emotionally, spiritually or creatively. Some come for solitude, others to share collective experience in a sanctuary by the sea. Sustained by the income from summer rentals, the house is available for respite and sanctuary throughout the rest of the year. Mission based needs are considered a priority in determining availability.

The Story of Alice’s House

For more than 50 years, Alice’s House was a gathering place for countless individuals, families, and small groups who sought healing, renewal, reflection, and quiet space by the sea. John and Alice Feeney lived in this warm and welcoming Humarock Beach south of Boston for 40 years, always opening their home and hearts to those who had no place to go or needed support and comfort. In 1997, after Alice died, Janet Gibson, Alice’s friend, created a non-profit organization to buy this humble home, officially naming it Alice’s House and perpetuating its spirit and gentle healing power.  

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In 2012, a catastrophic fire driven by 50-mile-an-hour winds swept through Humarock village, destroying the house, but not its inner essence. Within days of the fire, hundreds of people wrote, called and blogged to share their experiences at Alice’s House and the benefits they had gained during their stay.

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The Rebirth of Alice’s House

Most asked whether a new Alice’s House would rise from the ashes. In 2015, the non-profit organization launched an initiative to raise money, create architectural plans, and re-build Alice’s House. A ground-breaking ceremony occurred in the Spring of 2016.

The new Alice’s House has four bedrooms and baths, a wide-open first-floor gathering space and kitchen, and a wrap-around deck leading to the beach. Although new, the design maintains the original house footprint and comforting embrace, enhanced by the majesty of the waves just a hundred feet across the sand. Now rebuilt, the capital campaign continues. Once the construction loan has been repaid, the new Alice’s House will be financially self-sustaining. Summer rentals will provide an economic base for operations, augmented by year-round guest donations.

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Tour

Although difficult to encompass the true essence of Alice’s House without experiencing it yourself firsthand, please take a moment and view a brief snapshot of the house and its unique amenities. Alice’s House has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three different decks and a fully open kitchen and living space. The house has a light and open feeling with a whimsical and energetic vibe. Unique art installations donated by individuals in our community add to the heartbeat of Alice’s House. We invite you to visit our menu above to enjoy each room.

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Contact

Heart Rocks

We are grateful for your interest in Alice’s House and happy to continue the conversation about what Alice’s House means to our community.  To learn more about Alice’s House or to contribute, please complete the following:

 

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Reflections

 

 

The storytelling workshop that I took at Alice’s house was so wonderfully amazing. I felt so taken care of in that beautiful house by the sea, I remember being a bit shy and nervous upon arriving because I really am uncomfortable speaking in front of people… or being in the spotlight. But I had no need to worry. The comfort and nurturing  nature of  Jay and Mindy(?)  and the perfect setting of Alice’s house gave me the courage to get up and tell a story and sing a song. (I had never done that before, in front of anyone that is)) A long walk on the  serene pebbled beach gave me time to think about and practice my story. And the parade about the house with instruments set our inhibitions free. I remember singing one of the songs I had learned at Alice’s house  as I drove all the way back to Cape Cod …..I was so happy.  Sitting about the table which accommodated us all, getting to know one another, sharing the most delicious meals which were made with so much TLC, Another warm memory.  Thanks for the memories…..I think I just may burst into song. Happy New Year.

Most sincerely, Alicia Keller Nantucket, MA

“Moira passed along the request for special memories from Alice’s house.  A couple items stick-out for me.  My favorite was the time Mary, Christen, Ed and I stayed there a night or two. It was a sad event that pulled us there, Chip’s funeral, but it was the first and only time since we all went our own way that we four siblings were together without our respective families.  There were no kids or spouses and I couldn’t help but think how special a moment it was that we four were together again.  It really shouldn’t be difficult for four siblings to get together and re-experience an earlier time in life but, in actuality, it’s a rare event.  Our own lives pull us in different directions.  Alice’s house for 1 or 2 days was one time that our lives intersected in such a way that we four were together again as kids. My other favorite time was when we stayed there with more family representation for Laura’s wedding.  I recall Moira and I brought our 3 boys.  Christen, Scott, Ed & Allison, and Bob & Mary (but I think they flew out that night).  We stayed up late, talking on the beach in front of a fire.  If I recall correctly, you, Laura, and Linda popped over too.  Of course, the whole fire element may make this memory inappropriate!”

Pete