We are joining forces with Kathleen Flaherty at Bay Cove Human Services for the 3rd year to help fulfill some children's wish lists, because every child deserves a present for the holidays!
Bay Cove Human Services, located at 66 Canal Street helps parents who have been in recovery for over a year. Most of them have their family intact and a few are in the process of reunification. This agency is the primary source of where these families get their services; ie group therapy, individual counseling etc. Kathleen Flaherty, Program Director of Family Support, has personally been working with families for six years and has seen many of the families on a weekly basis. These parents have a solid foundation and are serious about their program.
They also help families with children who have been diagnosed with a disability; special needs, Autism etc. For many of my families, Bay Cove is their lifeline but there are no funds to help with families with gifts. Some of the kids may be between 12 and 15 but cognitively are much lower than their actual age.
Bay Cove's Family Support Program serves over 300 families but are closely involved with about 100, as some reach out more than others. Kathleen and her staff know the situations these families are in and what resources they have outside of their agency. Her program sends workers that go into homes, take them to appointments, etc., and the goal is to take some of the weight off of the families who are caring for their children at home; some of whom have significant issues.
The West End Community Center Wish List is based off the parents and families who don't have a lot of support from other programs or are incapable of advocating for themselves.
If you can, please help put some smiles on children's faces this holiday season!
Check out the Holiday Wish List HERE!