In a private ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, Blue Monarch celebrated the life of Mildred Jacqueline (Jacque) Peters by breaking ground on a new expansion project to be constructed in her honor that will provide transitional housing for four graduates of the recovery program and their children.
Blue Monarch, located in rural Coffee County, is a long-term, residential and therapeutic Christian-based facility for women and children with the stated goal of “breaking adverse cycles and rebuilding families.”
The latest expansion is being made possible by a gift from the four children of Bob Peters and the late Jacque Peters: Kent Peters of Tennessee, Lynn Peters of California, Robert Peters of Michigan and Beth Peters Corwin of New Hampshire.
The name of the new development is the Mildred Jacqueline Peters WINGS Community, and will consist of four individual cottages with a playground. Each cottage is designed to provide independent housing for one mother and her children as they adjust to increased responsibilities while still benefitting from a supportive environment.
“Jacque felt an immediate connection with Blue Monarch since she first learned about their efforts to help mothers and their children get out of the clutches of abuse and addiction and back into main stream society,” said Bob Peters.
“After visiting Blue Monarch the first time in 2010 that was all she talked about for days. This is what she wanted.”
Peters’ family members from across the country gathered at the Blue Monarch campus recently to celebrate her life. Those in attendance strolled to the actual construction site for a groundbreaking and scattered wildflower seeds for the future garden that will surround the playground.
“We have been completely overwhelmed with this generous, unexpected gift and the tremendous impact it will have on so many women and children in the years to come,” said Susan Binkley, founder and director of Blue Monarch. “We were delighted that the family allowed us to participate in a beautiful tribute to Jacque. Watching our residents scatter seeds alongside the Peters family members had many of us in tears.”
Blue Monarch is set on a 50-acre farm and former bed and breakfast facility. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall.