United Trauma Center is hosting a "Hearts Giving" kickoff event on Saturday April 4th, 2020 from 1 pm - 5 pm at the Woodmark Hotel in Carillon Point in the Bayshore Room. We will be sharing the vision for a new innovative prevention, early intervention, and recovery model. We are calling it Reece's place. The kickoff is an open house-style community event for an opportunity to learn more and how to possibly get involved.
What is Reece's Place? Like UTC, Reece's Place is a heart-centered, holistic & integrative, trauma-informed program/campus for adolescents and young adults here in Kirkland, WA. The campus will be eco-friendly and will offer an example of a fully functional, sustainable community with a zero-carbon footprint. Young adults will be encouraged to create products and services that they can offer their local community for profit. The profit will be reinvested back into the center, thus making the program affordable and sustainable.
Examples of products and services can range from farming, making movies, to inventing new products, all of which are 100% eco-friendly. They will learn life and business skills such as craftsmanship, business management, research development, innovation, communication, leadership, and creative processes. Reece's Place is a space that allows youth and young adults to heal their bodies, minds, and souls, overcome their battle with mental health and/or addiction; all while developing critical life skills. Our innovative approach combines the wisdom of the Indigenous, ancient practices from the east, and technology from the west to support radical transformation.
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a sick society." - Krishnamurti
We are shifting our understanding of recovery from the individual to society and offering a strength-based program aimed at empowering our young adults to create communities and societies that support connection with one another and the entire phenomenal world. Reece's Place is a healing adventure that encourages creativity, vulnerability, support, resiliency, leadership, responsibility, gratitude, love, and kindness.
In our current society, we are disconnected from the Earth and through this disconnection, humans are experiencing an immense level of anxiety and depression. This can be felt across the globe within the collective unconscious and conscious. It is evident in the staggering statistics related to depression, addiction, and suicide. Depression is the third leading cause of disease worldwide and the number one cause of disability. It is causing a severe economic burden and leaving people physically, emotionally, and spiritually malnourished. Reece's Place reintroduces natural, re-grounded ways of living, individuals can regain their health, purpose, and fulfillment and can teach and inspire others to do the same.
We believe that kindness occurs in a space of reciprocity and goodwill. A place that understands everything breaks down including our bodies, our minds, our communication, our feelings, and our beliefs. However, rather than focusing on the breakdowns, which lead to despair, cutoffs, and conflict, we choose to focus on repairing and restoring relationships leading to understanding, love, and joy. Breakdowns offer valuable learning opportunities, as many breakthroughs are preceded by breakdowns.
Reece's Place was inspired by Melanie Vallee and dedicated to her 26-year-old son, Reece Vallee, who tragically died from an accidental overdose on November 12th, 2019 that was the result of illegal substance use homicide. Melanie believes if a place like this were available to her son, he could have had a chance to survive. Reece had completed three "traditional" rehabilitation programs and none of them offered a holistic approach, so like many teenagers, he fell through the cracks. Reece's Place offers a holistic diagnosis taking into account personal, social, and ecological traumas, community support, as well as biology, psychology, spirituality, and resources or lack thereof. The goal is to heal mental health and addiction issues and restore society and its people back to health and wellness by encouraging cooperation and goodwill.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix