Tree of Life


"So small, but such a huge impact."

"Faithful servant."

"Praying grandparent."

"Until we meet in heaven. Love Mom and Dad."

Each phrase tells a short story, commemorating the life or volunteerism of a loved one on RETA's Tree of Life.

In 2005, RETA's Tree of Life was created as a visual way for donors to honor and remember loved ones. The tree, which was originally painted in RETA's stairway, now resides on the second floor of the building. Created by RETA's Administrative Assistant, Angie Tackett, the tree is cut from plywood, with leaves made out of maple, cherry, walnut or gold.

Some special donors purchased a leaf for the Tackett's, both on staff, after they lost their daughter in March of 2017.

"It was so neat to know our daughter's short life was honored in this way - giving to provide life-affirming services and to see her name toward the top of the tree as a reminder that she made a difference," said Rod Tackett, RETA's Advancement Director.

If you would like honor a loved one by purchasing a leaf, click here. You can fill out the form and submit it online or you can print it and mail it in. Payment can be made through our website by clicking Donate Now (make sure to write Tree of Life in the note section) or sending a check made out to RETA (300 W. High St., Elkhart, IN 46516) with Tree of Life in the memo line.