Citizens Inn recently received a generous donation from the J.B. Thomas/Lahey Foundation. The $50,000 grant is for the organization’s new Children’s Enrichment Program.
The purpose of the Children’s Enrichment Program is twofold: to foster the healthy development of children of all ages and to strengthen the child-caregiver relationship for the clients Citizens Inn serves in its two family shelters: Citizens Inn Transition and Citizens Inn Between.
“We felt there was a critical need to build out a specific area at Citizens Inn designated for the 64 children we currently serve at our shelters in Peabody,” said Citizens Inn Executive Director Corey Jackson. “One of the most powerful supports we can offer the children is guiding our residents on a path to be able to nurture and maintain a healthy parent-child relationship. Not only do we ensure the parents’ stability, we also make sure their children are supported and are able to thrive in our environment.”
The Children’s Enrichment Program serves as a safe space for daily services, such as mental health counseling and expressive arts therapy, as well as providing an office for the organization’s Children’s Services coordinator.
This specific grant allowed for the build-out and construction of the new space. Citizens Inn was able to purchase stimulating, educational toys, sensory awareness materials, new workbooks, tutoring materials and educational support materials for use during developmental and support sessions with professional counselors. The grant also provided funds for new technology, including desktop computers, educational tablets and video surveillance to provide an increased level of safety and security.