Mary’s Place by the Sea is a local, non-profit organization working within the global oncology community that gifts its services such as Oncology Massage, Nutritional Counseling, Journaling, Counseling, Guided meditation, Yoga and more to women battling cancer. It was forced to close its doors due to flooding resulting from Hurricane Sandy, losing its offices, utilities and more. The volunteers of Mary’s Place used this hiatus to redirect their efforts to helping the community recover and rebuild. Two months later, founders reopened their doors knowing that relieving guests of their daily stresses and fostering a sense of community was imperative.
Like many other small businesses in the affected areas, Mary’s Place is rebuilding even stronger after the storm while continuing to bolster New Jersey as well. Mary’s Place’s innovative approach has brought recognition to both the organization and the state through its efforts from across the globe. Mary’s Place is now calling upon the community they work and thrive in to help them help others through their Campaign for Mary’s Place- Building the New Home for Women with Cancer, to Heal: Mind, Body and Soul; More Space, More Services, More Love. This new endeavor will not only benefit women with cancer, but it will help to create jobs, increase tourism, among other Ocean Grove (and N.J.) benefits.
Mary’s Place 3rd Annual Walkathon, which had supporters from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and the U.S. participate, was where the Board of Directors and Founders announced they will be building a new, larger facility home in Ocean Grove. The founders said, "We are grateful to have served over 3,000 women in the past 5 years and now pleased to announce we will expand our services to women with cancer with a new facility. Our new home, specially designed to meet the needs of the women we serve, will include 10 guest rooms, expanded areas for massage and light spa services, counseling and education areas, a big kitchen to prepare our meals and do our nutrition counseling, and will be fully handicap accessible." The new home will remain local, residing at 24 Main St. in Ocean Grove.
Founder, Michele Gannon, says of the new venture, "We are actively lining up our financing, getting permits in place and hope to break ground in September of 2014 with a May 2015 projected opening of new home. "For now, Mary's Place will still be opening their doors at their home that they have been renting at 15 Broadway in Ocean Grove."
To learn more, please visit: https://www.marysplacebythesea.org/