• 70% of genetic rare diseases start in childhood.

    Rare Disease Day

    Every weekday, the entire staff at Crescent Cove gathers around and shares information about the day and the children being cared for in the Home. One nurse may explain that a child has seizures when startled and to not start a blender or loud appliance without first letting them know. Someone else may share that they are caring for a child who loves to socialize and if anyone has some time to play a game of Uno, that would be a welcome activity. One thing you’ll never hear during this brief ...More
  • From L to R: Carrie E., Crescent Cove parent, Donovan of Faegre Drinker, Katie Lindenfelser, Crescent Cove executive director and founder, and Nick Zerwas, who helped us with legislative efforts so we could open our home.

    Providing End-of-Life Care for Children

    This month, Crescent Cove Mom, Carrie E. and Katie Lindenfelser, Crescent Cove founder and executive director, testified at a Minnesota House Health Finance and Policy hearing to establish medical assistance benefits for pediatric end-of-life care at Crescent Cove.  Katie shared Crescent Cove’s mission, providing respite and end-of-life care to children with shortened life expectancies, and their families who love them. She described the model of 24/7 care and Crescent Cove is another optio...More
  • A Unique Home for Learning

    One of the pillars of Crescent Cove is to be a place for future healthcare providers to learn. Starting this month, we have a unique opportunity to host Allyson Bourque, a doctorate student in occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota. She chose Crescent Cove for her capstone project for her doctorate degree.  Allyson discovered Crescent Cove while researching facilities in Minnesota which provide care to children with complex needs. "I was a respite care provider for four yea...More
  • Making Moments Merry and Bright photo

    Making Moments Merry and Bright

    Earlier this month, Crescent Cove hosted 39 families for our 3rd annual Holiday Drive Thru. This idea came out of the pandemic when we could no longer host large gatherings in our Home, yet we still wanted to bring holiday cheer to children and their families. We invited Crescent Cove families to drive through our driveway and stop at various sponsored tables to collect goodies, drink hot chocolate, and visit with Santa and Buddy the Elf! The sound of Christmas carols sung by a choir filled the...More
  • Katie Lindenfelser (second from left) and Jenny Floria (second from right) receive a donation from Delora (far right) and Howard (far left) for the 4th season of the BLUE MOO Ice Cream truck.

    Legen"DAIRY" Support from BLUE MOO

    Sometimes a partnership comes along that is too sweet to pass up. Such a thing happened when Duane Helms-Boyd, then a teenager, learned about the families who come to Crescent Cove and wanted to raise money to support Crescent Cove. He talked it over with his parents, Del and Howard, and they agreed to invest in an ice cream truck for him. Those first summers BLUE MOO would drive around delivering ice cream to kids in Minneapolis, and at the end of the summer deliver a check to Crescent Cove. ...More
  • A Time to Remember

    “Grief is a burden that becomes lighter when it is shared.” These were the words of Ted Bowman, grief educator and counselor, to the families who gathered at Crescent Cove for the 2022 Remembrance Day this past weekend. Part of Crescent Cove’s mission is to not only care for children while living, but also to support families after their children have passed. Whether a child died in the past year or 20 years ago, they are remembered and loved by the families they leave behind. The trail...More
  • A Pitch Worth Waiting For

    When you meet Elijah for the first time, you can’t help but notice his positive energy. And, if you are lucky enough to meet him at a baseball game, his enthusiasm is contagious —you will find yourself clapping and cheering along with him. At age 16, Elijah is a HUGE baseball fan, and he especially loves the Minnesota Twins. You can find him and his family at a ballgame many times a year and may witness Elijah cheering and high-fiving everyone around him every time the Twins get a hit. A H...More
  • Back-to-School Fun

    A tree on our property already has a few branches of leaves that have changed colors, and that means one thing: autumn is upon us. And with autumn comes back-to-school time for kids and their families. Last Thursday more than 100 people attended Crescent Cove’s back-to-school event at our Home and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful! Families took part in a photo booth, using a table full of props to capture silly smiles and energetic expressions. They could also get portraits tak...More
  • A legacy to a life: Spreading Smiles

    Sally B. was searching for a way to honor her son's life. Her son, Barry, died unexpectedly of a heart attack earlier in 2022, leaving three young children behind. He was a loving father who supported his children and their activities. Sally wanted to make a gift in his memory to a children's cause in her state of Minnesota, though her son lived in California. She learned about Crescent Cove and asked how she could help. She decided to sponsor the ice cream truck for our Siblings Camp, writing,...More
  • A pandemic cancellation leads to a generous gift

    Allison Sackman had been planning and fundraising for months for a mission trip to Mexico. She was looking forward to experiencing another culture first-hand and helping people access clean water. She had raised $600 toward her trip's expense by selling bracelets online. Unfortunately the lingering Covid pandemic forced organizers to cancel the trip — Allison was crushed. As a senior at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, WI, she could have used the money toward her tuition at Viterbo Universit...More