Last December, a group of wonderful volunteers spent the entire day adorning the dorms with holiday decorations. They did a great job by carefully personalizing the décor with each child’s first name. When the children came home from school, they were amazed by the transformation in their living space. One young girl's face lit up with a big smile, and she said to her residential counselor, “I’m so happy. I didn’t think that Santa would find me here.”
Children come to Italian Home feeling lost, afraid, and invisible. Our job is to let them know that they are not alone and that they are special. We have worked with over 1,200 children this year so that they can reach their true potential in so many ways. This is over 200 more children helped than last year! In the vast majority of cases we have also worked with the parents and caretakers of the children to help them feel more competent and nurturing so the family can be reunified and/or preserved. In other cases we have worked hard to get children placed in a new permanent home.
As we celebrate our 100th year of service in 2019, we will be building on the theme of “Where Compassion meets Promise.” Our compassionate counselors, teachers, therapists, volunteers, and staff work hard to instill a sense of hope for the future in every child and family we serve. In order to help them realize their promise, we depend on donations from our supporters like you.
In the past year we have continued to grow our community based programs, providing home-based work that keeps families together and reduces family stress and trauma. We have expanded our services for children with Autism, focusing on families who live in under-served parts of the city. We continue to use the healing power of art, music, and physical exercise to give the children we serve an outlet for creativity – allowing children to discover their talents and express themselves in ways they never have before.
We count on your help so that no child we serve has to feel lost, afraid, or invisible. As we begin our Centennial Year, we ask you to help continue our strong legacy of providing care in new and innovative ways. This is our most important appeal of the year: please consider a generous end of year gift to help a child today.