ALICE'S HOUSE STORY

The Story of Alice's House

For more than 50 years, Alice’s House was an oceanside sanctuary, a gathering place for countless people - individuals, families and small groups who sought healing, renewal, reflection, and quiet space by the sea. John and Alice Feeney lived in this warm and welcoming house on Humarock Beach south of Boston for forty years, always opening their home and hearts to those who had no place to go or to a friend or stranger who needed support and comfort. In 1997, after Alice died, Janet Gibson, a friend of Alice, created a non-profit organization to perpetuate the spirit and the gentle healing power of this humble home.

In 2012, a catastrophic fire driven by 50 mile an hour winds swept through the seaside village of Humarock, destroying the house, but not its inner essence. Within days of the fire, hundreds of people wrote, called, and blogged to share their experiences at Alice’s House and the gifts they had received during their stay.

Alice's House Humarock

Some came to Alice’s House to heal a relationship. Some came to rebuild shattered lives. Some came to share joy. Some came to renew - emotionally, spiritually or creatively. Some came to do collective work, others came simply to be. Some came only once, while others returned year after year. Some stayed for one night. Some stayed for days or a week. They came from South Shore communities and from as far away as California and New Zealand. The people who came were all ages. They came by themselves and in groups. They were families, support groups, church groups, storytellers, artists, writers, musicians, work teams, and many more.

" If you listen, you will hear Alice’s House tell you that life is like a hundred years on the beach. You pick through the debris and ruin of every storm. You save what is to be saved. You bless and release the rest. Then in the quiet dawn, you welcome the waves again across the sand."

Gail Woodard, Alice's House Guest

" If you listen, you will hear Alice’s House tell you that life is like a hundred years on the beach. You pick through the debris and ruin of every storm. You save what is to be saved. You bless and release the rest. Then in the quiet dawn, you welcome the waves again across the sand."

Gail Woodard, Alice's House Guest

" If you listen, you will hear Alice’s House tell you that life is like a hundred years on the beach. You pick through the debris and ruin of every storm. You save what is to be saved. You bless and release the rest. Then in the quiet dawn, you welcome the waves again across the sand."

Gail Woodard, Alice's House Guest

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To learn more about Alice’s House or to contribute, please reach out to Janet Gibson at 781-834-8993 or email AlicesHouse112@gmail.com.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
TO REBUILD ALICE'S HOUSE

Destroyed by fire, the question asked was whether a new Aliceʼs House would rise from the ashes. Hearing of the profound impact the house had on so many lives, the non-profit organization launched an initiative in 2015 to rebuild Aliceʼs House. Architectural plans are complete. A contractor has been selected. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2016. The new Aliceʼs House will have four bedrooms and baths, a wide-open first floor gathering space and kitchen, a wrap around deck leading to the beach and full handicap accessibility. Although new, the design will maintain the houseʼs original foot- print and comforting embrace, welcoming the majesty of the Atlantic waves just a hundred feet across the sand. Once rebuilt, the new Aliceʼs House will be financially self sustaining. Summer rentals will provide an economic base which will be augmented by guest donations throughout the year.