By Karen Boateng, Office Manager – Pathways
Sadly the holidays can be one of the most difficult times for some families. Just the thought can provoke anxiety, depression and/or sadness within a household. It was with this in mind that Pathways SBYSP started “Holiday Hope”.
The intention of this program is to help make the holidays just a little brighter for some of our students and their families. Families are selected with the help of school administration, faculty and other school staff. The goal is to provide each family with prime necessities like food and toiletries. We do not provide assistance with toys or other gift type items, as we know that there are other resources for those items at this time of year (and we will provide that information for families too). Our purpose is to take some of the worry out of the holidays for families, so that even though finances may be tight, they can enjoy the season and feel safe and secure knowing their basic needs are covered.
“Holiday Hope” has successfully assisted families during the holidays for the past 2 years. This year with help of staff from Pathways, Carteret High School, Wellspring Center for Prevention, community partners, churches, and businesses we were able to make the holidays a little happier for 12 families. Some of the gifts included food baskets, gift cards, school approved clothing and much more.
Through this collection, the following was given to Carteret families: