Founded Nov. 2019 Started serving families Jan. 2020
It isn't until you experience the death of a loved one that you fully grasp grief and the need for grief support. Often times grief can be all encompassing leaving adults to try to put families back together in the midst of their own grief and children without the grief support they need.
Dustin's Place is named in memory of Dustin Cullen, a Believer who lived his life as a testament to God's grace. Dustin loved his family and friends completely. He was the husband of Viki (Cullen) Brown and father of Caythan, Liliana, and Dean Cullen. In 2016, Dustin was in a single car fatal accident leaving his wife, Viki, as a young widow alone to love for, care for, and attempt to put life back together again for their 3 young children at 6 years old, 5 years old, and 11 months old.
While they were surrounded with love from their family and friends the need for grief support and care was evident. Viki and her children attended a children's grief support group together and immediately felt the connection with other grieving families.In October 2018, Viki along with some of Dustin's closest friends began the process of opening a children's grief center in our own community. Dustin's Place was founded February 18, 2019. Dustin's Place provides free grief support through peer support group meetings where children and their families can gather together with volunteer facilitators, who through their passion for helping others, have chosen to be companions during our family's grief journeys.
Meet the Staff
Viki Brown, MS, GC-C
Children's grief is near to my heart as I am the mom of 3 grieving children. My kid's dad's death will forever be a part of their story but it isn't their entire story and I am so thankful to have Dustin's Place to offer that same hope to other families. My passion for Dustin's Place is to bring children's grief awareness to our community, provide grief support to the children and families of our community and offer grief education to those who work with children regularly.
Board of Directors
Passion. Dedication. Commitment.
Dustin's Place Board of Directors are committed to providing guidance to our staff, advocating for and supporting the grieving children and families of our community as well as taking the lead on our fundraising events and finances. We are fortunate to have this dedicated group of professionals as our Board of Directors.
I chose to serve with Dustin’s Place because of the mission to serve grieving children and adults. I was that eleven year old that lost her dad unexpectedly and grew up feeling lost and alone. My passion is truly that no child will grieve alone.
Board Vice President
I came to Dustin’s Place because I believe in the mission that no one should grieve alone. I am proud to be part of an organization where every one on the team works tirelessly to make sure that grief support is accessible to every child and family in our community.
Jamie is our Board Treasurer at Dustin’s Place and the Strategic Planning Manager at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home. After joining Johnson-Danielson, she was connected with Dustin’s Place when looking for grief support resources to offer to the families that they serve. Once she heard the mission at Dustin’s Place, she felt an instant connection and knew she wanted to be involved! Jamie has a passion for sharing the resources that Dustin’s Place offers with grieving families.
Also the chair of our Annual Giving Hope Gala Committee, Jamie works to raise awareness in the community and to provide grief support at no cost to the families that utilize Dustin’s Place.
Member at Large
Member at Large
I was interested in being a part of Dustin’s Place when I realized the impact it had in such a short time in the community. I attended the Gala and could feel the emotional energy in the room through the biggest supporters. I hope that my skillset as a business owner and financial planner can be valuable to seeing long term growth, allowing the mission to live on forever.
The Heart of Dustin's Place
Dustin's Place relies on the many hours of our volunteers to support the grieving children and families that come to our free grief support groups. Our volunteers facilitate group discussion, create meaningful crafts, and provide a safe, secure environment for our families to share their grief. We currently have 23 volunteers that have committed to attending groups nights and their desire and passion for the grieving community is what makes Dustin's Place the hope filled place we are.