The Sajni Center: A space of hope and healing
The Sajni Center program offers in-person or virtual group integrative therapies designed for children in who are coping with life-threatening illnesses and their families, as well as adults with cancer in the North Shore area of Massachusetts.
Families who have a child with a life-threatening illness (see list of 200+ eligible illnesses here) and adults with cancer referred by Tough Warrior Princesses and North of Boston Cancer Resource can participate in programs free of cost thanks to their sponsorship.
All virtual programs are open to members of the public as long as space allows; donations welcome.
For FAQs about programs at The Sajni Center, please scroll down or click here.
As Lucy's Love Bus has expanded, we noticed a great need for a healing PLACE for our families and our community to gather and grow together. We are so pleased to introduce The Sajni Center, our healing space in Amesbury, Massachusetts! This glorious space is filled with love and light, guided by Lucy and Sajni, in providing innovative workshops and programs for those who need them.
For FAQs about The Sajni Center, please scroll down or click here.
This was all inspired by our dear Sajni Chakrabarti, who left us far too soon on July 1st, 2017, at eight years old. She was a lover of animals, a rider of horses, the best big sister to her little sister Anandi, beloved daughter of Vanessa & Prabal, and a smiling friend to all who knew her. We are honored to dedicate our new home of healing to her.
[ syll. saj-ni, sa-jni ] The girl name Sajni is pronounced as SAEJHNiy †. The name's meaning is one Who is dearly loved, beloved.
Who is eligible for programs at The Sajni Center?
Programs at The Sajni Center are open to families, regardless of income, who have children from birth to age 21 who have a life-threatening illness. Thanks to Tough Warrior Princesses and North of Boston Cancer Resource, we are now offering spots in each program for adults with cancer and their families.
In 2021, all virtual programs are also open to members of the general public, as space allows, for a suggested $5 donation.
All interested families and community members must first create an account at lovebusprograms.org.
Are siblings/parents invited to programs?
YES! Siblings and parents/legal guardians are welcome to join programs (with or without the sick child/adult in attendance).
Do participants need to be in active treatment in order to be eligible?
No, participants do not need to be in active treatment to participate in programs at The Sajni Center.
How does a family sign up for programs?
Go to lovebusprograms.org/sign-up-landing to apply to become a Participating Family to register early and at no cost! Create an account, and once approved, you can sign up for any upcoming programs.
Are programs available for bereaved families?
Bereaved families who lost a child/sibling to life-threatening illness are welcome to join us at any of our programs. We are introducing bereavement-specific programs in 2021; please contact us at email@example.com for more information or more immediate support.
Will childcare be available?
We will have a staff member and/or volunteer available with activities (games, books, crafts) in an adjacent room to watch younger children or those not participating during programs. If your child requires additional support/care, please let us know in advance as we may ask that you arrange other childcare if we feel we cannot comfortably support your child depending on his/her needs.
What is the cost of the programs?
Programs are free for children with life-threatening illness and their families thanks to Nellie Mae Foundation and Newburyport Bank. Adults with cancer and their families are able to participate free of charge thanks to a partnership with Tough Warrior Princesses and North of Boston Cancer Resource. Some programs are open to members of the public for free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
How do I see a schedule of programs?
Visit lucyslovebus.org/calendar for our event calendar and to sign up for programs.
Where do programs take place?
*In 2021, all programs will be virtual via Zoom or Facebook Live, with the exception of a few special Adventure Gang groups happening at farms in Lebanon, ME or Andover, MA.
All programs (unless otherwise noted) take place at The Sajni Center, located at 21 Water Street, 3rd Floor, Amesbury MA 01913. Located in downtown Amesbury, minutes from 95 and 495, in a fully accessible space (including accessible restroom) with free parking in lots across the street! Our Adventure Gang program often takes place off-site; these locations details will be listed in each event description and often change each month.
Please note: Individuals we serve often have severely compromised immune systems, therefore it is extremely important that everyone who attends programs be in good health, and up to date on all vaccinations. If you or your child has been exposed to the chicken pox, or has experienced fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, it is extremely important to stay home rather than risk the spread of infection.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-277-1984.
We are in a beautiful, historic mill building in downtown Amesbury, MA. There is ample free parking on the street or in the lots across the street. There is a green Carriage Mills sign in front of the building, by the entrance to the lobby. Once you enter the lobby, walk back towards the mailboxes and take the elevator on your right to the 3rd floor. Exit the elevator and walk straight; we are the second door on your right (across from the red freight elevator) with the butterfly sign!
From Boston and points south
Driving: From 95 north, take exit 58B to merge onto MA-110 W/Macy St toward Interstate 495/Amesbury. At the first light, turn right onto Elm St. In 1.7 miles, turn left on Water Street; you will see parking lots on the left, and we are in the taller mill building with a green Carriage Mills sign out front.
Public transportation: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Newburyport (schedule here). From the Newburyport rail station, take the #54 MVRTA bus 6 stops to the Nicholas J Costello Transportation Center in Amesbury (schedule here). (Uber or taxis may also be available from Newburyport to Amesbury.) From the Costello Transportation Center, you will follow the walking path left, along the water (Plumbush Creek) towards the back of the parking lot. The path crosses a small bridge to the back of another parking lot; this is the parking lot for The Sajni Center, located in the Carriage Mills building, about a 2 minute walk once stepping off the bus.
From Haverhill and points west:
Driving: From 495 north, take exit 54 for MA-150 toward Amesbury. Turn right onto MA-150 N (signs for Amesbury) and drive straight for 1.5 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Elm St and then take a quick right onto Water Street. You will see parking lots on the left, and we are in the taller mill building with a green Carriage Mills sign out front.
Public transportation: (Click here to see if you qualify for MVRTA special services for direct transportation from some Merrimack Valley cities to Amesbury.)
From the Washington Square Transit Station, take the #51 MVRTA bus 4 stops to the Costello Transportation Center in Amesbury (schedule here). From the Costello Transportation Center, you will follow the walking path left, along the water (Plumbush Creek) towards the back of the parking lot. The path crosses a small bridge to the back of another parking lot; this is the parking lot for The Sajni Center, located in the Carriage Mills building, about a 2 minute walk once stepping off the bus.
From Portsmouth/Portland and points north:
From 95 south, take exit 58 for Massachusetts 110 toward Salisbury/Amesbury. Keep left at the fork to make the left turn onto 110/Macy Street; after making the left turn, get into the right most lane to turn right at the light onto Elm St. In 1.7 miles, turn left on Water Street; you will see parking lots on the left, and we are in the taller mill building with a green Carriage Mills sign out front.