Give holiday cheer to others

Willimantic - posted Dec, 09 2013

WILLIMANTIC- Access is asking the community to help keep the spirit alive this holiday season and bring holiday cheer to adolescents in two transitional living arrangements. Hawkins House is a 9-bed P.A.S.S. (Preparing Adolescents for Self Sufficiency) level group home that serves female adolescents between the ages of 14 and 20 years referred by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) who require out of home care in Danielson. Crossroads is an 8-bed S.W.E.T.P. (Supportive Work Education and Transition Program) that serves adolescent females – and more recently, adolescent males between the ages of 16 and 20 years. Crossroads youth are referred to the program by the Department of Children and families (DCF) for support as they transition into independent adult lives. The “Giving Tree” is decorated with ornaments and on each ornament is a residents’ wish for a particular gift. The adolescent gift list include: items and appliances for a new apartment, men’s socks for size 12, woman’s socks for sizes 7 and 8.5, Ladies shirts (medium), winter face mask, hot pink and red/black hat and glove set, nail polishes, make-up, backpack and medicine packs, puzzles with mat and glue, stationary set, headphones, umbrella, DVD box sets, gift cards. Community members who would like to continue this wonderful act of charity can contact the Community Engagement Associate Elisha Sherman at 860-450-7400, ext. 7456 or

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