To the Editor:
The Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center-South Campus, located in Middletown, CT, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following people and organizations that so generously gave of their time and resources:
- Juliette Linares, Ambassador Scout of Deep River, who donated items for our youth welcome baskets.
- Daisy Troops from Higganum and Killingworth for their donation of multiple welcome baskets for our youth residents.
- North Guilford Congregational Church for their donation of 10 completed fleece blankets.
- St. Pius Youth Group and Higganum/Haddam Congregational Church who have completed a total of 51 Fleece blankets kits.
Upon admission, each youth that comes to reside at Solnit Children’s Center is given a welcome basket with items such as: shampoo, hand cream, deodorant lip balm, books, a stuffed animal and a homemade fleece blanket. “It’s something we started a few years ago to help personalize their stay,” said Elaine Jackson and Rebecca Brown-Johnsky, Co-Coordinators. “Many of the youth we serve are DCF committed or just away from home for a few months and this is one way to provide them a few comforts.” “Their faces just light up when they see that something was made especially for them,” says Rebecca Brown Johnsky, Speech & Language Pathologist. We are truly in awe of the generosity of the surrounding community.
The Solnit Children’s Center is the only publicly operated psychiatric facility for youth in the state managed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and we have served 443 youth in Connecticut. This 74 bed facility with seven living units treats youth ranging from 13 to 17 years of age, and provides mental health treatment services and care for youth who are experiencing extreme emotional and behavioral difficulties.
If you are interested in becoming involved with our welcome basket program, please contact Elaine Jackson or Rebecca Brown-Johnsky at 860-704-4000.