FARGO — Zachary Kvalvog, 18, and his brother, Connor Kvalvog, 14, died on June 23, 2015, in a crash on Interstate 94 near Dalton, Minn.
This Sunday, June 23, Lighthouse Church in Fargo will host a dedication of the Zachary and Connor House of Hope, at 111 9th St. S., in Fargo.
The house is a gift from Ray and Kathie Kvalvog in memory of their sons and the structure will be used as a workplace for Lighthouse staff as well as a meeting place for people in recovery and a variety of support groups.
"One thing my husband and I are real passionate about is helping others, which is what I think we were put on this earth to do. Our church is definitely doing that," Kathie Kvalvog said, referring to Lighthouse.
Kvalvog said that their boys, had they lived, "would have done so much more than what we're ever going to be able to do in their name; they would have done so many great things."
"We hope to help people who are struggling," she added. "Because we are all struggling in different ways."
Dale Wolf, pastor at Lighthouse, said the house, located less than a block from Lighthouse Church, was purchased late last year and the church has been using the house since around the first of the year.
"The house is very valuable to us. We are a growing church and ministry, and we are very limited in space," Wolf said.
He said the church staff of about 15 people works out of the house, and the building is used for a variety of meetings and gatherings during the day and into the evening.
"Lighthouse has kind of carved out a niche in helping people who have life hurts," Wolf said. "We have people who are struggling, or have struggled, with addiction, mental illness, or even people who just want to participate in the ministry that we do.
"Our mission says we are a place of love, encouragement, hope and recovery. And that's really what we are about," Wolf said.
The dedication is scheduled for noon, and the public is invited to attend. An open house and lunch will follow the dedication.
For more information about the church or event, visit www.lighthousechurchfargo.org.