I have a friend who serves on the board of The Children Center of Hamden…and i know first had the kind of wonderful work they do for children, without this organization many kids would be lost. This is terrific news to help the center and the kids who live there.
THE CHILDREN’S CENTER OF HAMDEN Wins The IKEA Life Improvement challenge and Receives Complete Makeover The Children’s Center of Hamden in Hamden was awarded a complete IKEA makeover from the IKEA store, New Haven that will enable a re-design in our Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program, known as Wakeman Hall. “The area will be appealing to teenagers as they come to Wakeman Hall for their sessions. The re-design will also help us promote a more professional appearance to the family members and will celebrate the various cultures of the people we serve” states Sarah Lockery, Chief Administrator of Community Services at the Agency. Founded in 1833, The Children’s Center of Hamden is Connecticut’s oldest child-caring agency. Services offered range from outpatient therapy to after school treatment programs, special education and residential programs addressing a variety of conditions and circumstances. While each program provides its own specialty, generally speaking clients suffer from one or more of a variety of problems; psychological and social problems; physical and/or sexual abuse; learning disabilities; substance abuse; and family trauma. Approximately 180 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 20 are served on a daily basis. Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee–at each store–selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was February 16-March 2). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive IKEA gift cards. IKEA US started the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge in 2011, and since then over 120 local charities have received over $1 million in IKEA products, design expertise, and manpower.
See for yourself the kind of work that the center does for kids HERE