Mason City, IA
My Happy Place
My Happy Place is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of passionate volunteers whose intention is to create healing environments for individuals who are struggling with a serious health issue. A “healing environment” is often defined as one that has a nurturing and therapeutic effect. We simply call it, “my happy place”.
For the person on a serious health journey, a healing environment can help to lower stress and anxiety, reduce pain, accelerate recovery and promote a sense of well-being. My Happy Place does all that, and more. Often times, the news that the individual is going to have a “happy place” created for them, is the first good news they’ve received since their diagnosis. This gives them something to look forward to other than focusing on their illness.
We work closely with the recipient to design and personalize the selected space at their home that will provide the most benefit. We will create a place that embodies soothing colors, cleanliness, sounds, scents and visual stimuli. We use specially curated items that will provide comfort, resulting in a new space that will help to strengthen their ability to cope and recover.
What we offer is one part of the healing process, and we believe a very significant part. Our hope is that each time the recipient walks into their “happy place”, they are reminded they are not alone on their journey-they have the love and support of friends, family and their community.
Serving qualifying recipients in Mason City and a 30-mile radius.
My Happy Place – Mason City is a 501(c)3, making your donation 100% tax deductible
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MEET TANYA KAPLER
Tanya Kapler is a mother of 5, a woman of great faith, with the determination to fight her cancer head on. After Tanya’s initial diagnosis of cervical cancer, and then finally feeling like herself again after treatments, she was hit with the news the cancer had spread and was now stage 4. Please consider a donation to help us create a magical space for Tanya.
MEET ROURKE WACHOLZ
6-year-old Rourke is going into his 3rd year of chemo in the hopes of saying farewell to the High-Risk B-cell Acute lymphoblastic leukemia he was diagnosed with at the age of 4. When asked what one item Rourke was hoping to have in his new bedroom, he replied with a big grin “a LOFT BED”. Please consider a donation so Rourke gets that loft bed he so badly wants, in a bedroom totally designed with all his favorite things.
MEET CAROL OLINGER
Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Carol Olinger’s life has never been the same. Carol’s life is a made up of chemo drips, cancer pills, a rest period in-between and then the cycle starts all over again. On top of that, she makes frequent trips to Mayo Clinic to have bone marrow biopsies. Please consider a donation so we can make over her bedroom, giving Carol a beautiful place to rest and recover in.
MEET KIM MOGK
Having been on the receiving end of cancer twice, Kim has fought back not only from what cancer dishes out, but she can hold her head high and proudly proclaim she overcame addiction and has been sober nearly 5 years now. Kim is a very humble, kind and loving mother/grandmother, and MHH is happy that we can offer her, a woman who wouldn’t buy for herself, a beautiful bedroom to rest and soak up the love that surrounds her.
MEET OUR BOARD
Executive Director / Co-Founder
MY HAPPY PLACE MASON CITY, IA SERVING A 30 MILE RADIUS
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Businesses or individuals who provide support of MHP on a continual basis by the service they provide or the financial donation they extend throughout the year. Whether they donate, offer at cost, discount or provide a much needed service, we owe them our gratitude.
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