LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hosparus Health broke ground on May 10 for The Harshaw Family Grief Counseling Center at 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive in Louisville. This new, fully equipped, 7,000-square-foot expansion will allow the nonprofit organization to extend its grief programming and services to hundreds more in the community coping with grief. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed in late 2023.
Hosparus Health will move its grief counseling services from its current location into the new state of the facility, designed to help the organization’s trained grief counselors better serve community members of all ages. The center will feature space designated for children and teenagers, specially designed art and sand therapy rooms, ten counseling offices, and group meeting spaces. The new facility will be surrounded by an outdoor healing garden with walking paths and meditation elements designed to help clients cope and find peace during their grief journey.
The state-of-the-art facility is named in honor of Paula and Frank Harshaw, whose generous support has helped the organization raise over $4 million for the project. “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Harshaws and other community donors for making this vision a reality,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Development Tawanda Lewis Owsley. “Their support is a huge endorsement of our grief counseling services and has provided us with incredible momentum as we work to raise the remaining $750,000 for the project. Our vision for the Harshaw Family Grief Counseling Center is to serve as a beacon of hope for those navigating life-changing loss in our community.”
In 2022, the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling team supported over 7,000 counseling clients of all ages. Grief counselors hosted six special remembrance services to help those grieving during the holidays. The team also led 295 group counseling sessions, providing those experiencing grief with connection and a sense of community with others who have experienced a similar loss.
“Our trained professionals provide in-person and telehealth appointments, offering private individual and family counseling sessions, support groups for trauma and loss, and community education about the grief process,” said Executive Director of Counseling Services Amy Hill. “Our organization has spent the past 45 years committed to inclusion and equity – caring for patients of all ages and backgrounds. We look forward to utilizing this new space to ensure everyone who needs us can access our crucial grief support services, regardless of their ability to pay.”