PEACE ALIGHTS INITIATIVES

Inspire and empower individuals and communities to identify ways and create opportunities for respite focusing on families affected by a life-altering illness. Peace Alights Initiatives will share knowledge and insight on how to seed local community-based programs.

PEACE ALIGHTS INITIATIVES

Inspire and Empower individuals and communities to identify ways and create opportunities for respite focusing on families affected by a life-altering illness. The Peace Alights Initiatives will share knowledge and insight on how to seed local community-based programs.

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Origin Story

Respite time is a healing experience … a safe space for families to simply be with one another. A time to love and to grieve; to experience life and death; to have joy and sadness; to remember one another.

Our founder, Duck White-Petteruti, believes that any family affected by a life-altering illness would benefit when provided the opportunity to get away from all that they are dealing with, to renew, reconnect, and rest. Years ago she imagined families, regardless of where they lived, able to engage in this kind of offering. In 2008 she started the Domus Pacis Family Respite in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Over the years, individuals from the Colorado mountain community made each respite stay not just possible, but touchingly personal. Often these individuals related how much sharing of their time, talent or treasure had impacted them. And as the organization matured, Duck continued to hear a nagging internal voice questioning why the reciprocal power and beauty of families helping families couldn’t be replicated elsewhere.

Then the pandemic took hold and forced a common and insular experience upon all of us. That of retreating from normalcy; weeks, even months, of isolation from each other, creating a spiritual rawness and emotional exhaustion. During that time, many took stock of how these losses of freedoms, resources, connections, and touch, affected us and what it might be like for others with even fewer supports and privileges. Losses not unlike what a family dealing with a serious illness and/or loss of a loved one knows all too well.

Duck hypothesized that this collective empathy presented a synergy to create localized compassion-filled efforts if seeded and nurtured appropriately. When several women, individually, reached out asking Duck to advise them on how to launch family respite organizations in their communities, she knew the time was right to act. Upon further research and outreach to founders and leadership of similar nonprofits, she was encouraged to create a resource-rich organization supporting the formation and sustainability of respite-providing efforts that engage community partners and funders.

Hence, Peace Alights Initiatives was formed in Spring 2021 by a group of female executives from across the United States.

What’s in
a Name

Peace

In Webster’s Dictionary, peace is described as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions,” and “harmony in personal relations.” To be “at peace” is a state of tranquility. Synonyms that apply nicely to the expressed goal of associated programs include: harmony, calm, serenity, tranquility, and quiet.

Alights

When teamed with peace “alights” implies peace “taking off”. “Alights” actually means “to descend or to come to rest” — making it a fitting tie to respite. It is both a settling and taking off state, which can be indicative for any potential respite-providing organization.

Initiatives

Initiatives is an active word. It’s about taking those first, inspirational steps with readiness to engage; to start or begin. Peace Alights Initiatives, Inc. was founded to guide individuals and communities seeking to develop respite services/resources.