A Home Away From Home

A Home Away From Home
Posted on 04/08/2020
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We have all heard it by now, “stay home.” But what about those who do not have a safe place to call home? While the majority of us have hunkered down and stockpiled our pantries and freezers with essentials, our dedicated Residential staff are hard at work taking care of the 15 adolescent girls and young women who call Collier Group Home and Collier House home. 

Our residents have come to Collier surviving significant trauma as a result of abuse, neglect, poverty, or the loss of loved ones. The Collier Residential Program provides them with safe housing and food security. Without the devoted staff at both homes, these girls would have no place to go during a crisis like COVID-19. 

The residential staff are venturing out during these uncertain times to ensure they make it to work. They are covering shifts when needed and making sure all the residents have what they need to stay happy and healthy. 

“We are trying to help the youth focus on others, rather than their time being quarantined. Michele, a relief treatment member, organized the girls to create birthday cards for the elderly who are currently confined to their placements and cannot receive visitors. We were also lucky to be able to purchase over $1,000 in craft related items for $60! The girls have been busy painting, making tye-dye shirts, creating photo scrapbooks. On nice days, we go to the grounds of Collier and play ball or go for a hike. The girls have established “game nights,” have been playing the Wii, talking on the phone, and doing their virtual classes each morning,” stated Maureen Kale, Director of Residential Programs.

Thank you to everyone for making these challenging times much easier!