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Stairways clients help bring holiday cheer to those in need

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This holiday season, some Stairways Behavioral Health clients spread some cheer to those in need by creating gift bags for homeless individuals at St. Patrick’s Haven and the Mercy Center for Women.

Clients who participated in “Thinking Wellness and Community” and “’Thoughtful’ Community Service,” two Psychiatric Rehabilitation classes at BLOOM Collaborative, worked on social and cognitive skills while creating gift bags for the men, women and children.

In all, the groups produced 50 hand-decorated gift bags. The bags included a scarf, socks, candy, toys and coloring books for kids, art supplies, toiletries, and a lip balm with a label that reads “You’re the balm. Be well.” Participants worked as a team to make the scarves, put together the coloring books, and choose the personal items. Each bag also included a greeting card addressed personally by a class member.

The classes, which were led by Psych Rehab staff Christine Linkie, Tina Loomis and Michelle Jaggi, charged clients with creating a service project for the holidays. Participants shared how meaningful it was for them to give back to the community.

The “Thinking Wellness and Community” class focused on cognitive skills—for example, memory, planning, and social perception.  Then, in the “’Thoughtful’ Community Service” class immediately afterward, participants practiced cognitive and social skills while working on the gift bags.

The Psych Rehab program offers classes each season at BLOOM aimed at developing skills, increasing engagement, and improving quality of life for Stairways clients.


The contents of men's, boys', girls' and women's gift bags assembled by Stairways clients

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