(December 2016) Sullivan Tech students and staff helped residents of the Salvation Army’s Emergency and Transistional Housing Program enjoy the magic of Christmas. Without your help, 49 children and 22 single parents would not have been able to experience the joy of Christmas.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Transitional Housing Program provides assistance to homeless single parent families, male or female. Many of the residents are victims of domestic violence, past substance abusers, or have had involvement with child protective services. The Program offers housing assistance, counseling services, GED classes, and job training for needy families in transition.
For the fifth year in a row, CGD Department Chair, Erin O’Mara coordinated a Christmas celebration for the families in residence. For a few hours the children were able to laugh and play and not worry about stresses beyond their years. Their parents did not have to wonder how they would afford Christmas gifts for their children, or even basic life necessities. The Christmas celebration included a craft table, fried chicken dinner, and a basketball game. The highlight of the evening was a surprise visit from Santa with a box of gifts for each child and each parent.