By Abby Hofrichter, Communications & Social Media Coordinator, Hofrichter Creative LLC
For many of East End Community Services’ programs, the focus around the holiday is two-fold: to make sure that our clients have what they need to be comfortable and celebrate, and to provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy and togetherness of the season!
In early November, our prevention team partnered with Catholic Social Services (CSS) and local news station, WDTN, to provide coats for clients in need. Our prevention team gathered names of families and individuals within the program so CSS and WDTN could set a collection goal. The coats were distributed before the Thanksgiving holiday so that clients could be ready for the impending winter weather. Our Pathways HUB program has also been collecting baby items to gift our new and expecting mothers in the program!
When it comes to holiday parties, some have already happened and others are just around the corner! This holiday season, our Aging Mastery Program participants are celebrating in tandem with our Youth Champions (grades 6 – 12) for some intergenerational holiday cheer! The two groups got together for Thanksgiving and will gather again on December 20 at Golden Corral for an evening of games, crafts, and, if we’re lucky, a talent show featuring both our seniors and youth! It’s this sort of community connection and togetherness that fills our hearts with the holiday spirit this time of year!