Thrive Behavioral Health is #Making Spirits Bright with Gift Donations to the Children, Families and Adults in its Youth & Family and Residential Services Programs
WARWICK, RI (December 21, 2021) – On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. distributed gifts to the children and teens in its Youth & Family program during a Winter Wonderland Walk-Through event as part of its Making Spirits Bright Gift Gather campaign. For the first time, the annual Making Spirits Bright Gift Gather also included adults who reside in the group homes of Thrive’s Residential Services program. Thrive’s Residential clients will receive the gifts during each home’s holiday party the week of December 20th.
Gifts and monetary pledges were donated by Thrive’s staff as well as Greenwood Credit Union, Corner Office Financial, Charity Link, Inc., members of Thrive’s Board of Directors, and other members of the community through a Virtual Gift Gather. Donors could sponsor a child or adult based on their age, gender and interests by visiting a link on Thrive’s Making Spirits Bright webpage.
The Winter Wonderland event was attended by 63 children from 36 families and consisted of carnival-style games, “Elf Training” with gross motor skill activities, a “Sweet Shop” for grab-n-go treats, Santa’s Workshop with craft activities, and a stop at the “North Pole” for a gift and picture with Santa. Each family was given a specific time slot to participate in the Walk-through for social distancing purposes.
“We are continually amazed at the generosity of our staff and community which grows every year for this annual holiday celebration,” shared Barbara Lamoureux, Thrive’s Vice President of Youth & Family Services. “It has been another emotionally draining year for so many but with the overwhelming response to the Making Spirits Bright Gift Gather we are able to support so many families and adults in our programs. This year we were especially grateful to be able to host an in-person, socially-distanced Winter Wonderland Walk-through event and see the joy on the children’s faces as Santa presented them with a gift. We could not have done it without the donations of our many helpful elves in our staff and community.”
“It does not matter how old you are, a gift can brighten the spirits of anyone during the holidays so we were pleased to be able to include our Residential clients in the Gift Gather this year. Our group home staff and clients are like family to each other. Being able to provide gifts to each of these residents makes for a more complete holiday celebration in each group home,” said Beverly Lachapelle, Program Manager of Residential Services.
Anyone interested in making a donation to Thrive’s Making Spirits Bright fund may visit ThriveBHRI.org/donate.
Thrive Behavioral Health’s Youth & Family Services provides behavioral health support to children, young adults and their families by delivering high-quality behavioral healthcare services that promote social-emotional health and academic success. The specialized program operates under a family-centered approach to treatment which involves partnering with the entire family to develop goals and intervention strategies that improve the quality of life of the whole family. Included in Thrive’s Youth & Family Program are the Eleanor Briggs School, a certified special education program for grades K-12 located in Warwick, RI, and the Healthy Transitions Program, which empowers individuals aged 16 to 25 living with serious mental health concerns to improve their quality of life.
Thrive’s Residential Services program connects adults who are experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with resources and community-based mental health support in a supported housing environment. The philosophy of Residential Services is based on a comprehensive yet intensive approach to treatment that helps residents achieve their highest quality of life. Thrive’s compassionate staff help clients learn how to control the symptoms of their mental illness and achieve increased independence in all aspects of their daily lives. Thrive offers two types of supportive living environments: Group Homes and Supervised Apartments.
Thrive Behavioral Health has provided services in Rhode Island since 1976. It offers comprehensive behavioral healthcare programs and services annually to over 3,700 children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Thrive is committed to improving its clients’ quality of life through an extensive range of community-based and outpatient mental health, substance use, educational, and housing services that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and family-focused. Thrive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Thrive is a federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic. It is a founding member of Horizon Healthcare Partners (HHP), comprised of three Community Mental Health Centers (Community Care Alliance, Newport Mental Health, and Thrive), CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, and Tides Family Services, a community-based service organization for youth and families. For more information on its programs and services, visit ThriveBHRI.org or follow it on social media @ThriveBHRI.