Love Made Visible, Part 2

 

This post is a continuation of Love Made Visible. Click here to read Part 1.

 

Donors with donation of games and outdoor exercise equipmentAnother project that was taken on this summer was re-instituting our Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina activity center on campus back to its original intended purpose… activities for the children. With the support and encouragement of Vice President of Development Ray Cockrell, Vice President of Community Based Services Donna Yalch, Interim Vice President of Residential Services Steve Stewart, and Director of Training Sheryl Metzger, we were able to come together to make this special place happen for our children. 

 

Sheryl was thoughtful and creative enough to find other avenues to continue staff training at other locations on campus and surrendered her office for the love of our children. Because of her sacrifice, we have been able to begin the process of returning the GAC back to its intended purpose. The new activity center has already hosted movie nights, ice cream socials, and spa nights for girls and boys. The new GAC is a place for our children to play and experience love made visible. 

 

This building will also be the headquarters for the Activity Director. Now the slice of fun our children experienced this summer can continue thanks to the dedication of the Recreation Staff along with the Director of Training and Vice-Presidents. 

 

This summer has been one to remember and the kids are better for it. One of the kids opened up and shared before he left to be placed permanently with a relative, “I want to go home, but I did have fun here. As much as I am happy to be going to my family, I don’t want to leave. I will miss it here.” 

 

This summer was a safe retreat where this youth was able to learn coping skills, engage in new recreation activities, and take positive memories with him going forward. 

 

If you have something you want to donate to our activities center we’re still seeking a Brunswick pool table, ping pong table, foosball table, Dynamo Pro Air Hockey, Basketball Dual Shot, gaming systems, sound system, electronic keyboard, old stand up video games or pinball machines such as Pac Man Arcade, Shuffleboard, Hot Shot, miscellaneous board games, and an Oculus system. 

 

Thank you for your support of our children at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. Thank you for investing in giving the love they need now and the hope they need for the future.

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Kristen Dewberry is the Clinical Social Worker Supervisor at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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