More and more communities are coming together to find alternative solutions to daily struggles. The 2nd Story Respite House is just one of those community solutions. Tucked away here in Santa Cruz is California’s first respite house, a safe place for people struggling with emotional upheaval. The 2nd Story Respite House provides community and support in myriad ways to help people navigate what they refer to as “big feelings,” without interrupting much of normal daily life. Here people come together to share stories, offer peer-to-peer support, practice mindfulness, garden and heal. The connections being created at the 2nd Story Respite House are something that all humans long for and deserve.