Our History

2017: Where we’re going

 The dream of Crescent Cove since its inception will come true when the doors open to the first children's respite and hospice home in the Midwest, and the third in the U.S.

  • Crescent Cove closed on the purchase of the existing building located at 4201 58th Ave N in Brooklyn Center and began renovations in July 2017. 

2009-2016: Where we’ve been

2016 Updates: Spreading the Mission

  • Crescent Cove served 75 families in Minnesota caring for a child or children with a shortened life-expectancy.
  • In late 2016, we learned of the North Memorial Residential Hospice Home as a potential location. In August 2016, while Crescent Cove was on WCCO-TV receiving a $50,000 grant from the Minnesota Wild Foundation, a volunteer from North Memorial heard our mission and reached out to Katie with news that the hospital was closing and selling the existing adult hospice home. In October 2016, Crescent Cove signed a purchase agreement with North Memorial for the land at 4201 58th Ave N in Brooklyn Center.
  • Most notably in 2016, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed into legislation that hospice care can be provided for kids and young adults. Learn more
  • A demand analysis was completed by Kurt Salmon, and many meetings were held with Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church as a possible land location for the Crescent Cove home.

2015 Updates: Capital Campaign in Swing

  • Crescent Cove provided support to 30 families caring for a child or children with a shortened life-expectancy. 
  • An advocacy plan was formulated to pass legislation that would allow Crescent Cove to be a licensed pediatric hospice home.
  • Crescent Cove partners with Faith's Lodge to provide weekend stays for families receiving integrative therapies and support. 
  • RSP Architects was selected as the architect on record for envisioning the Crescent Cove Home. Read about our visioning journey here.
  • Crescent Cove attended many conferences throughout the year to continue spreading the mission and to increase fundraising in order to fulfill the dream.

2014 Milestones: Building Our Partnerships

  • In 2014, Crescent Cove began covering the cost for families to receive some of these services from designated professionals in the pediatric healthcare field.
  • The Crescent Cove Board of Directors grows with new members.
  • Hosted the 2nd annual Home Plate Gala: Building the Vision and raising $140,000.
  • Multiple fundraising events were held throughout the community, and we thank our partners the Minnesota Twins, St. Croix Hospice and all those who supported the annual gala.

2013 Milestone: Getting Serious About Fundraising

  • Crescent Cove begins to solicit local foundations and organizations in order to raise funds for support of the home.
  • Continued discussions with the city of Chaska and Ridgeview as a potential location.
  • Hosted the first annual Crescent Cove Day at Target Field with the Twins.
  • Hosted the first Home Plate Gala with the introduce of the Harmon Killebrew Hospice Home for Kids Fund, benefitting the Crescent Cove mission.

2012 Milestones: Finding Advisors

  • Crescent Cove begins gaining press and recognition in the community through local news stories and being the beneficiary of multiple events throughout the year.
  • Discussions begin with the city of Chaska and Ridgeview Medical Center to build on the land next to Ridgeview's residential adult hospice home.

2011 Milestones: Building the Vision

  • The Crescent Cove team and Board of Directors build a business plan, including a needs assessment and letters of support.
  • Strategic planning sessions were held to refine the mission, re-name the organization from Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota to Crescent Cove.
  • Members of the Crescent Cove team traveled to the UK to visit existing children's hospice homes. 

2010: Becoming a Nonprofit

  • Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota gains 501(c)3 status from the IRS as an official non-profit organization.
  • A new web site was launched and news was shared at local and national conferences.
  • Strategic and business planning begins!

2009: The Beginning

  • After confirming the need for a children's respite and hospice home was great by visiting with local hospitals and providers, founder Katie Lindenfelser began the task of officially incorporating Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota as a non-profit organization.