August 5, 2020
The commitment and generosity of many have made a significant impact on this special place and its people over the last 70 years.
The efforts to keep people safe have required a stillness not seen at Menucha since we began operating 70 years ago. And while our mission to enrich lives is limited, our commitment remains strong. Our best guess for the near-future of Menucha includes options for smaller in-person programming. If we can open and ensure the safety of guests and staff, that's our plan!
IMPACT OF OUR CLOSURE
Many of our guest groups rely on Menucha as a refuge to heal or recharge. The leader of a recovery group who has been coming to Menucha for over 30 years said, “I’m worried about the folks I’ll ‘lose’ before our next retreat. Not to illness, but those who will maybe fall off the wagon during this gap.” He sees their time at Menucha as vital, and we couldn’t agree more.
With broad support from the community, Menucha will undoubtedly endure. Our task is to hold steady and do everything we can to ensure Menucha is here for that recovery group, and others, when it’s safe to gather again.
A BOLD GOAL
To secure Menucha, we’ve set an ambitious goal of $375,000. This covers fixed costs like heating the buildings and caring for the grounds, as well as retaining our core staff who will be needed even more to help us spring back to life as soon as the restrictions are lifted and folks feel comfortable gathering once again.
We hope you might consider a gift to Menucha and help sustain us through these challenging times.
Menucha's mission is enriching lives through hospitality, learning, reflection, and renewal.
The Friends of Menucha Foundation is a volunteer organization dedicated to the financial support of Menucha Retreat & Conference Center. Since our formation in 2004, thousands of supporters have helped us fulfill our mission.
Our current Board Stewards are:
- Susan Hedlund, Chair
- Erich Merrill, Secretary
- Derek Foote, Treasurer
- Rick Lee
- Gerry Foote
- Kristin Solomon
The Menucha staff who work directly with Friends of Menucha are:
- Spencer Parks, Executive Director
- Donna Leamy, Office Manager
- Cloie Cohen, Development Director