Executive and student leaders from Mountain View Adventist College (MVAC) helped celebrate the opening of a new centre for children affected by homicide on February 2.
Based in Blacktown (NSW), Grace’s Place, a world-first trauma recovery centre named in honour of Grace Lynch—the mother of Anita Cobby, who was murdered in 1986—will serve as a retreat and place of healing and restoration to children and young people who have lost loved ones to homicide.
MVAC student leaders worked together with students from Knox Grammar School, performing items and assisting dignitaries and guests.
Mountain View Adventist College principal Irwin Steyn said, “While we are saddened that such a facility needs to exist, we have already started conversations with Grace’s Place to see how we can work together to the benefit of the children who need to visit this world-first facility”.
In a testament to the need for such a place of refuge, executive director Martha Jabour announced at the opening ceremony that the centre was already helping its first guest, a 6-week-old baby impacted by homicide. Grace’s Place has residential and counselling facilities and will serve as the head office of the Homicide Victims Support Group (Aust) Inc.