Jacob’s House – A Home For The Brokenhearted

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Some of you have been there. Some of you have not yet, but dread the phone call you may someday receive.

Your loved one has been rushed to the hospital and is hanging in the balance of life and death in the ICU. You drop everything you’re doing, grab your keys, and rush to the hospital. But what happens when this hospital is one or two hours from your home, and you need to be close by? What happens when all of the hotels are sold out for the night? It’s something no one thinks about until they find themselves sleeping in their car in the hospital parking lot. People of all ages and income levels can be subjected to this awful circumstance, and Jacob’s House was started by a family who had been there. Hear the Nelson’s story through the video here.

So what does all of this have to do with me, a wedding photographer in Temecula Valley Wine Country?

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Meet our local #TuesdaysTogether group (yes, you can search that hashtag on Instagram, friends!). These are only a few of the bunch. We are proud to be a part of Rising Tide Society, an organization founded with the vision that creatives can come together and support one another, rather than fight each other for business. Natalie Franke and Krista Jones, cofounders of Rising Tide Society, began this mission with a heart for community and a little bit of inspiration from JFK…

“A rising tide lifts all boats.” – John F. Kennedy

We believe that if we all get together with our strengths and lift one another up, we’ll all succeed far more as a community than we ever could alone. We get together once monthly in the spirit of #CommunityOverCompetition (search that hashtag!) and learn together, all while meeting new industry friends who share our vision.

Now that you know a little more about who we are, let’s get back to Jacob’s House!

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November was Tuesday’s Together’s Philanthropy Month, and I couldn’t be more happy that Rising Tide Society pushed us all to seek out serving a non-profit in our community in lieu of our usual educational monthly meeting. Thanks to Alex of Alexandria Monette Photography, we  discovered Jacob’s House through her husband who works at the city with one of the primary volunteers here. Brandon expressed how much they are in need of volunteers, and we quickly set up a work day for Tuesday’s Together of Temecula to come out and help!

When we arrived, we were in awe at the beautiful property they have and how calm and peaceful the home is.

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Jacob’s House partners with the local hospitals and works hard to get doctors and nurses the information about the home, so they can get families in touch who need a place to nap or shower and refresh in-between long hours in waiting rooms, awaiting for news on their loved ones.

The home is filled with four bedrooms, beautiful furniture donated from Mor Furniture of Temecula, and plethora of toiletries, goodie bags (think coloring books for kids), snacks, water, coffee, and blankets to take home. They think of all of the little things that may be a need to families during their stay. Most people come in a rush with nothing but the clothes on their backs, so they even have spare items hanging in the closet, in case they need a change of clothes.

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The property is large, with a beautiful front and backyard. You can see in the photo above and to the left, a little chapel off in the distance. Often, people just need a quite place to go to pray or meditate and just process all that has happened within their last day or two. The chapel is the perfect little place for alone time when needed.

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Our group took a tour of the property with Linda, and then we got to work! Jacob’s House is preparing for the 2015 Holiday Home Tour with the Temecula Valley Women’s Club this coming weekend, so we helped them do some spring cleaning and prepping the yard for the ladies to come visit!

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Our tour guide Linda was a bit concerned when she didn’t see any guys in our group, but we got our muscles out and did some heavy lifting! Us wedding industry folk are used to that!

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Somehow, half of us showed up wearing flannels and boots. We brought the fall spirit!

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Christine got her art skills out and prettied up the sign!

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Of course, we couldn’t leave without taking a photo with Linda, the executive director who helped direct us on our work day! Shout out to Brandon of Jacob’s House, too, who works full time for the city and couldn’t be there on Tuesday with us. We’re grateful for all that you do, and we can’t wait to come back!

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Do you want to donate your time, resources or finances to Jacob’s House? Email me with a bit of info, and I can get you in touch with the right person! Or, you can visit their website for more information here.

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Meet the Tuesday’s Together Temecula Team:

Kelsey of Kelsey Rae Designs
Emi of Emi Fujii Photography
Elyse of Plum and Oak Photo
Christine of Wiens Family Cellars
Alex of Alexandria Monette Photography
Jenna of Jenna Joseph Photography

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  • Thanks for sharing this story. Sounds like a wonderful non-profit and mission. Great work! 👏🏾ReplyCancel

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