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About Faith's Lodge

Our Mission

Faith’s Lodge supports parents and families facing the death or medically complex condition of a child in a peaceful environment to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future. Faith’s Lodge: A Place Where Hope Grows. In its North Woods setting, Faith’s Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing.

Our Story

After a normal, uneventful pregnancy, we eagerly awaited the birth of our first child. As all expectant parents do, we looked forward to our baby’s upcoming arrival with joyful anticipation, believing this would be the happiest time of our lives. Sadly, it was not to be.

Two weeks before our due date in June of 2000, as we were preparing to attend a baby shower in our honor, Susan noticed a lack of movement. We were sure that a quick trip to the hospital would reassure us that everything was fine. Instead, we received the news that our baby had died and no one could explain why. Upon her birth, it became apparent that our baby daughter had become the victim of an umbilical cord accident. The very thing that was to bring her nourishment and life had instead taken hers away. Our world was shattered.

We decided then that our daughter should have a special name, one with true meaning. We named her Faith, as we knew that it would truly take deep faith to keep us going through our darkest hours. We gave her the middle name Ann, in honor of Susan’s mother, who was with us during her delivery and birth. Our beloved daughter, Faith Ann Lacek, came into this world on June 5, 2000, and we knew our lives would never be the same.

We have been told of an old proverb that says a person can actually die two deaths. The first happens when your physical body dies; the second occurs when people stop mentioning your name. We felt strongly that we would not let this happen to Faith and that her brief time on this earth should have a legacy. This legacy is the creation of Faith’s Lodge, a place where hope grows.

It is our desire that by providing this special facility we can help other families through their darkest hours. We do this in honor of Faith, so her name and memory will live on.

Thank you for your support and compassion.

With Faith,
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Mark and Susan Lacek

The Lodge

Set in the tranquil woods, Faith’s Lodge is a true getaway during a very stressful time. We created the lodge to be a safe haven for you to reflect, explore and just be with people going through a similar experience. Here, you are free to share stories, talk, cry and yes, even laugh.

  • Location

    Faith’s Lodge is located in Northwestern Wisconsin near the town of Webster, less than a two-hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, less than one hour from Duluth/Superior and about four hours from Madison. Detailed driving directions will be sent to you prior to your stay.

  • Accomplishments

    Since opening in July 2007, Faith’s Lodge has served more than 3,000 families. As the only facility of its kind in the country, Faith’s Lodge was recognized on the TODAY Show as a national leader in healing retreats. In addition, we’ve been featured in regional newspapers, magazine, television programs and radio shows, regarding our unique approach to serving families coping with crisis.

  • Geographic Area Served

    Parents and children have traveled from as far away as Washington, California, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida and Illinois, in order to benefit from our programs and services. However, the majority of our guests reside in the Midwest community.

How We Work

At Faith’s Lodge, we offer programming based on your child’s age or your circumstances. We’ve found that being with others going through a similar situation can help you get the most out of your experience here. Our Family Programming consists of optional activities, including professionally-led discussion groups, therapeutic arts and crafts and north woods adventures. We can accommodate up to 8 families or 8 couples for each programming weekend.

  • Rate Structure

    Faith’s Lodge welcomes all parents and families coping with the death or medically-complex condition  of a child. Thanks to generosity of our donors and partners we are able to extend a low rate for our guests.

    • Reservation fee: $50 (one-time fee per family, per stay)
    • First-time guests: $50/per night/per room
    • Returning guests: $100/per night/per room

    Scholarship assistance is available for your stay.  If you are a return guest, please contact us for more information on scholarships at 715.866.8200. We strive to serve all those who wish to come to Faith’s Lodge and we never turn anyone away for financial reasons.

  • Reserve Your Spot

    Reserving your stay gives us the chance to understand your situation and help you choose the best time to experience the healing environment at Faith’s Lodge. Once your reservation form is received and reviewed, a staff member will contact you to confirm the availability of your preferred date of stay or to discuss our waiting list process. Following this discussion, you will be sent detailed information about your stay. If you have questions regarding the reservation process, please call us at 715.866.8200.

  • Waiting List

    If your preferred weekend if full, please fill out our waiting list reservation form below with your preferred dates:

Typical Weekend Schedule

Although we have many activities planned, you are free to do as little — or as much — as you wish.

  • Mon

    No programming

  • Tues

    No programming

  • Wed

    Guests arrive
    Tour facility
    Get settled in
    Facilitated group discussion
    Family style dinner

  • Thurs

    Breakfast
    Meet & greet
    Programming activities (therapeutic arts & crafts, journaling, facilitated discussion, etc.)
    Dinner on own
    Free evening

  • Fri

    Breakfast
    Programming activities (therapeutic arts & crafts, journaling, facilitated discussion, etc.)
    Dinner (provided)
    Free evening

  • Sat

    Breakfast
    Free time
    Dinner on own
    bonfire

  • Sun

    Breakfast
    Farewell

Hiking and bonfires throughout stay, depending on weather. Free time to journal, reflect and explore.

  • Mon

    No programming

  • Tues

    No programming

  • Wed

    No programming

  • Thurs

    Guests arrive
    Tour facility
    Get settled in
    Facilitated group discussion
    Family style dinner

  • Fri

    Breakfast
    Meet & greet
    Programming activities (therapeutic arts & crafts, journaling, facilitated discussion, etc.)
    Dinner is provided

  • Sat

    Breakfast
    Programming activity
    Free time
    Dinner on own
    Bonfire

  • Sun

    Breakfast
    Farewell

Hiking and bonfires throughout stay, depending on weather. Free time to journal, reflect and explore.

Accommodations & Amenities

Faith’s Lodge is handicapped accessible and has eight individually designed private guest suites that can each accommodate two to six people, depending on the room. All suites include a fireplace with a cozy sitting area, a private patio or balcony, a small refrigerator, a TV and is fully furnished with towels and linens.

Our amenities include:

    • Smaller gather areas for quiet moments
    • Game and movie room
    • Children’s playroom
    • Arts and crafts space
    • State-of-the-art kitchen with stocked pantry
    • Wireless internet access
    • Reading library and resource area
    • Great room with natural stone fireplace
    • Nature trails
    • Campfire area
    • Private pond with recreational activities
    • Abby’s Playground
    • Sophia’s Bridge of Hope
    • Sport court
    • Meditation labyrinth
    • Grace’s Garden
    • Outdoor grill
    • Linens/towels and cleaning supplies
    • Limited grooming products
    • Cookware & cooking utensils

Our amenities are available for parents and families to enjoy at their leisure.

Private Use

Faith’s Lodge can be rented for groups, family reunions, retreats, etc. The cost for renting the entire lodge is $1,000 per night, which is $125 per room per night (based on 8 rooms) and includes access to all amenities including:

    • Nature trails
    • Campfire area
    • Canoes
    • Paddleboat(s)
    • Playground
    • Bicycles
    • Ice machine
    • Outdoor grill
    • Yard Games
    • Basketball court
    • Sleds
    • Snowshoes
    • Paper products
    • Garbage cans and bags
    • Linens/towels
    • Limited grooming products
    • Cooking utensils

For more information and availability, please email us or call 612.825.2073.

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Our People

Meet our Board of Directors

  • Dan Lenmark Healthwerks Board Chair
  • Melissa Villella Northwestern Mutual Vice Chair
  • Sara Bingham Minneapolis Schools
  • Courtney Elling Cisco
  • Andy Fazendin Roger Fazendin Realty
  • Joan Ganley Micro Control Company Secretary
  • Katina Gougeon
  • Tenner Guillaume Gillette Children’s
  • Danielle' Kavanaugh SPS Commerce
  • Meghan Kratz Boulay PLLP Treasurer
  • Mike Markert Northwestern Mutual
  • Steve Milne Q2ebanking
  • Jaime Nolan Intrinxec Management Inc
  • Liz Poeschl Meagher & Geer General Counsel
  • Clint Roberts One Simple Plan
  • Katie Schaefer South Lakes Pediatrics
  • Steve Schumacher Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Brad Sutton Deloitte Consulting, LLC
  • Mark Lacek Co-Founder Emeritus
  • Susan Lacek Co-Founder Emeritus

Board Membership

We are looking for people who are passionate about Faith’s Lodge and willing to share their time and talent to help us grow. Board terms are 3 years; meetings take place every other month. Contact us for guidelines and more information.

Our Staff

Meet our Full-Time Staff

  • Kelly McDyre Executive Director kellymcdyre@faithslodge.org
  • Jenna Rogers Director of Advancement jennarogers@faithslodge.org
  • Lisa Hobbie Lodge Manager lisahobbie@faithslodge.or
  • Samantha Rains Marketing and Communications Coordinator samrains@faithslodge.org

Part-Time Staff

Deb Abarr
Finance Administrator

Jane Ducklow
Campaign Assistant

Ben Wheeler
Lodge Assistant

Cindy Brendel
Facilities Assistant

Larry Webinger
Maintenance

Mary Tschumperlin
Housekeeping

 

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