Peter Murray Memorial Fund
Organized by: debra kelly
The house in Chester came into being when Peter and Nikki came together in love and in sobriety with a common desire --to serve those seeking recovery in a place where they could be themselves, feel safe, and discover the gifts of recovery. In April 1993, Peter and Nikki purchased their lovely Victorian home and began living that dream.
All too soon, in February 2001, Peter passed into his forever home, and Nikki has been hosting the spiritual weekend retreats ever since. Giving to others what was so freely given to her and Peter, Nikki’s love, support, and tireless energy allows the home to continue to be the safe haven for healing, growth and renewal that she and Peter envisioned it to be. For those of us who have visited her there, we’ve experienced renewal, healing, and cleansing as we’ve joined with others to grow, to grieve, to laugh, to love, and to be loved. It is truly the special place!
In 2012, Nikki reached a financial crossroads. The front porch needed repair. The back deck rails were unsafe and needed replacement. The driveway needed to be repaved, the house needed exterior and interior painting, and there were many other needed priority repairs. In answer to her prayer and with the support of many of their beloved friends, Nikki established the Peter Murray Memorial Fund – a tax-deductible fund dedicated exclusively to maintaining and improving the physical integrity of the house. And in honor of what would have been Peter’s 38th year of sobriety, she asked her loyal supporters for a donation of $38 – or any amount they could offer.
Thanks to the love, support, time, energy and donations of others, Nikki continues on the path despite seemingly insurmountable financial challenges. The maintenance cost is significant, and Nikki can’t do it without us. Donations to the Peter Murray Memorial Fund allow Nikki to maintain affordable retreat pricing for everyone who seeks a safe haven of recovery.
This Year’s Challenge
This year’s maintenance projects are particularly challenging financially. Years of 1st floor bathroom flooding have caused serious damage to the foundation, and one side of the building needs to be lifted and re-supported. The total cost for this work will be $14,800, and Nikki needs to raise $11,300 to make this happen soon.
Thanks for your support, with God’s love and light
Deb & Terri