Olivia’s House is planning an open house this week at its new Hanover location.
Olivia's House is planning an open house this week at its new Hanover location. (Submitted)

Olivia's House will officially open its new downtown Hanover center on National Children's Grief Awareness Day, Thursday.

That date is significant for the organization, which offers programs and activities designed for grieving children and their families, said development director Jim Poster.

"One in seven children will lose a parent before the age of 18, yet so many people don't really recognize that children grieve," he said.

Olivia's House acquired the new facility at 101 Baltimore St. in June with the hope of reaching out to children in the Hanover and Adams County communities, Poster said.

"We realized there was a need in that area of the county, and really that's what it came down to," he said.

Services: The programs and services offered at the new center will be identical to the ones in York, Poster said.

"We're still Olivia's House; we just happen to have two centers now," he said.

Programs include grief education, a library full of books and DVDs on grief and loss and a program aimed at children 3-5 years old, he said.

"We just wanted to make it easier to get our services out in that part of the county," Poster said.

And just like as York center was created in 2002 by the York community, a series of murals inside the new center were each done by Hanover-based artists, he said.

"Everything has a Hanover touch," Poster said.

Olivia's house will continue to offer its programs and services at no cost to children and their families, he said.

"Serving more children is our mission," Poster said.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

At a Glance

Olivia's House will hold an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at its new grief center, 101 Baltimore St. in downtown Hanover. The public will be able to tour the center and learn more about its programs and services.

And teams are already registering for the third annual Walk to Remember fundraiser, to be held next fall. The York walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, and the first-ever Hanover walk will be on Saturday, Oct. 11. For more information or to register, contact Olivia's House at 717-698-3586 or visit www.oliviashouse.org.