Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Donates Linden Lodge

Since its inception, the Linden Lodge has taken no state funds but rather operates exclusively on fundraisers and donations from the private sector.

A team has been assembled to help individuals successfully maintain psychiatric stability and assist, if possible, with meaningful employment, volunteerism in the local community and the pursuit of educational opportunities.

Residents & Staff with visitors at Linden Lodge

Residents & Staff with visitors at Linden Lodge


Residents, staff and volunteers work side-by-side to develop treatment plans, set goals and discover ways to successfully realize them. Success depends upon the ability to inspire partnerships between residents, staff, board members, volunteers, organization partners, medical providers and the larger community.

In 2014, the Sandhills Wedding and Events Association committee decided to choose an organization to be the recipient of the monies raised by the entry fee to the SWEA Wedding Expo. Linden Lodge was chosen and for the past 3 years, has been the beneficiary of this endeavor.

SWEA committee & Marianne Kernan

SWEA committee Presents Donation to Linden Lodge

The Wedding Expo has grown in popularity for both exhibitors and visitors over the past few years and is now a must attend event within the bridal community. This year saw record numbers in both exhibitors and in brides and grooms and the committee was delighted to be able to raise over $900 for the Linden Lodge.

 “We really wanted to do something to help the community”, says the SWEA committee “and the Linden Lodge was a perfect choice for us. The dedication shown by Marianne and her staff to help their residents live their life in a real family setting, with activities, educational and even employment opportunities is something that we, as a committee, wholly support and we are proud to be able to help the Linden Lodge with the donation from the Wedding Expo.”

For information about the The Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Wedding Expo, please visit the Sandhills Wedding Expo Homepage.

The Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Wedding Expo will take place on Sunday, Janaury 29th 2017

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Donate Shoes and Help Feed Hungry Children

Restoring Hope Center in Scotland County is currently collecting gently used shoes for their “Shoes for Hope” Campaign. Their goal is to raise 25,000 pairs of shoes to help feed hungry children during the summer months in Scotland County. The agency is collecting shoes from now until May 14th. If you have any gently used shoes you would like to donate, please feel free to contact the agency directly at 910-361-8530 or 910-277-4460.


Help Feed Hungry Children

You can also contact me for further information concerning the agency, event or collection.

Jessica Ledbetter
Outreach Coordinator
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
195 Sandy Avenue Southern Pines NC 28387
PHONE  910.692.5959 x2404
FAX  910.692.5910
Mission:  No One Goes Hungry



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National Contest Seeks Nominations to Award $80,000

The Linden Lodge Foundation is now asking for Votes for the 2016 Rare Life Award!

The Eagle Rare Life Award was created to honor individuals who lead rare, inspirational lives. Eagle Rare will donate $50,000 to the grand prize winner’s charity of choice. 6 runner up winners will receive $5,000 donations to their charity of choice.

Please please vote for our story EVERY 24 hours until January 6,2016 – every day! I am listed under the Devotion Category and am usually on the second page.

Go to:

Please, please help us out – it would be a real blessing for next year’s operating expenses. Below is a message that I received from Eagle Rare Life which initiates this plea to you – at least we have been noticed by them! Blessings to all!

“Your Eagle Rare Life Award story made it in our top 30! Be sure to keep up the voting momentum so that you are eligible for the grand prize of $50,000. Don’t forget that voting ends on January 5th. That leaves you a month to spread the word and rally your supporters to secure your spot in the top 30!”

Vote often at:

Thank you so much…..


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Christ Community Church Offers Mental Health Classes

Bob Huber - Bridge of the Sandhills

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

Starting this Thursday, August 6, Christ Community Church is pleased to offer four classes entitled “Hope Rising: Engaging in Mental Health and Addictions Ministry”.

These classes are open to the community, and are designed to either stand alone or be attended in a series. Classes are held on four successive Thursdays in August (August 6, 13, 20, 27) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at Christ Community Church at 220 Campground Road, West End, NC, as part of the church’s “Community U” ministry equipping initiative.

For more information or to register, please visit the church’s website at or call(910)215-8099.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Bob Huber, MA BA QP
Bridge of the Sandhills, LLC “linking people with care”
phone/text: 910 960 7828

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Linden Lodge’s Yard Sale Fundraiser a Smashing Success!

On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, The Linden Lodge Foundation hosted our Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser! Volunteers had collected, stored, organized, sorted, stacked, displayed, sold, repacked and transported donated treasures that have raised ample funds for the the Residents!

Our volunteer team was awesome!Our fundraiser yard sale was a great success this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated to the sale! Thank you to EVERYONE who came out and made purchases/donated and supported the Lodge!! Thanks to all of you!! The community has been absolutely amazing! There were so many tireless workers…. I hope everyone gets to rest a bit, soon… YOU deserve it! The Linden Lodge family pulls together for a successful event yet again!

Beautiful weather and amazing people that made the sale a success.Linden Lodge is a good location for garage selling, but each Yard Sale involves mountains of stuff and hours of work and even though many of us help, all of our extra efforts, including collecting huge quantities of donated goods, hanging big signs at all the key intersections, posting online and organized displays, are what crank these events up to be super fundraisers! The weather was fine, and we mobilized a great volunteer team and got lots and lots of stuff donated.

Lots and lots of stuff donated!WE ARE TOTALLY EXHAUSTED BUT VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED! We would like to thank everyone who took the time to donate items to the Linden Lodge Yard Sale that was held this past weekend. Your generosity was overwhelming. We would also like to thank all the wonderful people who took the time to stop by and purchase something. Some visitors told us to keep the change, some didn’t purchase but gave a wonderful donation. We met so many great people. The love that we experienced this weekend has touched our hearts in a way we cannot express. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers, who stepped up and helped out. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE’S HELP!!!!! WE ARE HUMBLED BY YOUR GENEROSITY. What a great turn out! The day was perfect. Beautiful weather and amazing people that made the sale a success.

Huge quantities of donated goodsMany thanks go out to all who helped make our Yard Sale fundraiser a great success. Thanks to the folks who donated their treasures; thanks to the customers who came.

TO EVERYONE that donated to the yard sale, volunteered, shared our advertisements and prayed for us, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it was a huge success!! We will constantly be out working to have fundraisers and hoping to spread the word about what we do. More pics will be posted on our Facebook and website over the next few days.

Yard Sale Fundraiser Photo Gallery

Thank you for your support of our fundraiser yard sale!


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SCC Human Services Class Visits Linden Lodge


SCC Human Services Class Visits Linden Lodge 5-15

May 5, 2015

Each May, Professor Trish Harris brings her Sandhills Community College Human Services class to Linden Lodge to tour the residence and to interact with the staff and residents.  This helps the students learn what to expect when they enter employment in their field of study.  After a tour of the Linden Lodge properties a luncheon is always shared with the students, residents, and staff and a great time and learning experience is had by all.

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Community Presbyterian’s “Great Day of Giving” a blessing to Linden Lodge

Member Volunteers of Community Presbyterian Church, PinehurstMembers of Community Presbyterian Church, Pinehurst, get ready to do some much needed painting at Linden Lodge on their “Great Day of
Giving” in the community on 20 April 2015.

L-R: Jan, Marianne (staff), Kitti,
Chloe, and Andrea.

They did a great job of painting our multipurpose building backdrop and fertilizing all our shrubs.

Thank you Community Presbyterians for the generous giving of your time!!

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Linden Lodge Resident Receives Governor’s Award for Volunteerism


Recipients are recognized for their dedication and outstanding service that enriches the lives of others and makes a difference in their communities. Commemorating its 37th anniversary this year, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award program recognizes and celebrates the proud tradition of volunteerism in the state.

On Tuesday, April 7, Dean, a long-time resident of Linden Lodge, received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service for his many hours and outstanding service to the elderly residents at St. Joseph’s of the Pines – they nominated him and he was one of but 10 over the age of 55 that received this award.

Dean receiving his Award

Neat thing is that St. Joe’s knows about his mental illness and gave him the opportunity to prove he could be a valuable member of society and have a fulfilling life. This is a monumental moment – someone that is KNOWN to have a schizo-affective disorder is being recognized by the community for their volunteer efforts! We are so VERY PROUD of Dean and his dedication to his volunteerism. Anyone that knows Dean should be proud of this accomplishment as well. The entire gang was dressed up and looked super – they cheered for Dean when his name was called and certainly were pleased for him when he walked up to receive it. What a team!!

Dean gets the Governor's Award for Volunteerism

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NAMI-Wake County Celebration of Courage Luncheon


On April 16, Marianne Kernan, the founder and “volunteer” Executive Director of Linden Lodge, and husband General William Kernan, US Army Retired were the Keynote Luncheon Speakers at the Ninth Annual NAMI-Wake County Celebration of Courage Luncheon.

General William Kernan, US Army RetiredMarianne Kernan, Executive Director LLF

Marianne and “Buck” shared their courageous journey with their son, Keith, who lives with schizophrenia. As always, NAMI-Wake put on a great event with the goal of raising awareness of those struggling with a serious mental illness and their families.

General William F. “Buck” Kernan and his wife, Marianne, are two people who unselfishly give back to make the state of North Carolina and the lives of people with mental illness better. Their story is one of courage, hope and empowerment. Their journey underscores the fact that serious mental illness
is an equal opportunity illness. It can happen to anyone.

During this time, Marianne was involved in carrying out responsibilities as a commander’s wife for his troops
and their families. She was recognized with an Outstanding Young Women of America award, a public service award from the Department of the Army and a Presidential Citation for Public Service Award.

Gen. Kernan is a highly decorated officer whose military career included such prestigious assignments as commanding the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. He assumed command as the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander in Chief, United
States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Combat tours have included Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama. During Operation JUST CAUSE, he led the 75th Ranger Regiment in its combat parachute assault onto Rio Hato. He retired from the Army on in 2002 and assumed the position of Senior Vice
President and General Manager for International Operations for MPRI,  a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications. He was recognized by NC Technology Association for his help in protecting NC’s $18 B military economy.

After settling in Pinehurst, NC, inspired by her son, Keith’s illness, Marianne became a volunteer advocate and teacher for classes to help families of people living with mental illness. She was recognized as the NAMI 2009 Advocate of the year and was recipient of the Governor’s Exemplary Volunteer Award. She is the immediate Past President of NAMI Moore County.


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Linden Lodge Supports C.R.O.P. Walk

On 22 March 2015, the Linden Lodge residents and staff members supported the local C.R.O.P. Walk in support of stopping hunger in the local community by participating in their Walk held in Southern Pines, NC and also collecting donations on behalf of eliminating hunger. Linden Lodge Supports C.R.O.P. Walk

It was a beautiful Carolina day and the afternoon was enjoyed by all – to include Maggie, the Linden Lodge “super pup” and Jake, the Kernan’s yellow Lab. After the Walk, a treat of lunch from McDonald’s was enjoyed by everyone – to include the canines!

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