This year, our beloved Pacific House—the main residential building in our Retreat Center—received much-needed renovations. With new, hypoallergenic wood floors in the bedrooms and dining space, new carpets and furniture upholstery, and a fresh coat of paint, the Pacific House is more beautiful and better equipped to serve those who come to Commonweal for retreats—like participants in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and many others. As the Commonweal buildings age, your specific support for capital projects helps us maintain the infrastructure. This renovation was made possible by the generosity of Commonweal friend Josie Merck, and by a legacy gift from Carolyn Morris, a 2016 alumna of our Cancer Help Program. Jenepher Stowell, Retreat Center Director, shepherded this project from vision to completion.
A New Commonweal Yurt
Our next dream is to add additional group space for our Cancer Help Program and Power of Hope camp. A 30-foot yurt near the Pacific House will host yoga and tai chi classes for our cancer programs, and a sacred circle space for Power of Hope, Bay Area Young Survivors, and Healing Circles programs. Please consider a special gift to help us build the yurt.