Davis House hosts ‘Blessing of the Bricks’ ceremony

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance Community members and Davis Medical Center representatives take part in Tuesday’s ‘Blessing of the Bricks’ ceremony at the Davis House in Elkins. Bricks are dedicated in memory of loved ones, in honor of someone special or as a way to commemorate a special event, such as a wedding or anniversary.

ELKINS — Community members gathered Tuesday evening at the Davis House in Elkins for a “Blessing of the Bricks” ceremony and open house.

The special event marked the fifth year the Davis House has been available to people receiving cancer treatment who live a great distance from Elkins, or anyone who is far from home and has a loved one being treated at the Davis Medical Center. The free, temporary housing service provides a place where they can relax, take a shower or stay overnight if needed.

Jennie Raines, Davis Health System Foundation community giving specialist, said the bricks in the Davis House’s “Legacy Lane” commemorative garden often serve as a way to remember a loved one who has passed.

Eleven new bricks were part of Tuesday’s ceremony, which included special music by area musician Seth Maynard; a prayer by the Rev. Dina Andrews, lead chaplain at DMC; and special comments by Raines and Mike Bell, DHS Foundation director.

Family members who dedicated bricks in memory of loved ones took part in the blessing ceremony and placed the bricks in the ground.

Raines noted sometimes community members also purchase bricks in honor of someone, such as a cancer survivor, or to commemorate a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary.

“Each of these bricks has a memory, either as a memorial, an honor or a celebration,” Raines said. “Each brick tells a story.”

There are more than 100 bricks already in the space, which continues to grow and support the Davis House and the DHS Foundation.

Bell said in the past five years, the Davis House has provided a home away from home for countless people. He said it’s used quite often by guests, and thanks to the community’s continued generosity, he hopes it will continue to help people for years to come.

The Davis House, located at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Reed Street in Elkins, has six suites — four that have two beds and two that have a single bed.

Anyone wishing to purchase a brick can obtain an application at www.dhsfoundation.org or call 304-630-3043.