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PROFILE: Fairfield Processing

2 Nov

Thank you to Fairfield Processing for donating 16 packages of queen-sized low-loft batting!
All the quilt tops waiting to be completed will now be quilted and donated!!
Thank you for your support!

Fairfield Processing
http://www.fairfieldworld.com/

ABOUT
Poly-fil® is now recognized as the brand name of polyester products trusted by crafters. To satisfy the demands of retailers and consumers, Fairfield Processing maintains manufacturing and distribution sites strategically located in the United States.

Fairfield Processing remains focused on providing products that meet the high performance standards of crafters, as well as satisfying the need to remain responsible stewards of our planet earth.

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PRESS RELEASE: Wrapped Up in Sports will be partnering with the NY Rangers

1 Nov

WUIS welcomes the NY Rangers as its newest partner!

The NY Rangers have agreed to supply their surplus of sports apparel to WUIS at the end of the 2011-2012 season,
which will be used to make NY Rangers specific quilts that will be donated to
NY area hospitals and organizations supported by the NY Rangers!

 

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Any quilters out there in NY and NJ who are interested in making Rangers quilts, please contact us at info@wrappedupinsports.org

PROFILE: Hospitality Homes

24 Oct


Hospitality Homes
http://www.hosp.org/

Who are they?

Hospitality Homes provides temporary housing in volunteer host homes and other donated accommodations for families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area medical centers. Since 1983, Hospitality Homes’ unique, home-away-from-home lodging option has provided a caring response as well as relief from emotional and financial challenges for these individuals and families.

What do they do?

Every year more than 260,000 people travel to Boston seeking treatment at some of the finest medical facilities in the world. With them come families and friends who lend support through what is often an arduous time in their lives. Unfortunately, many of these loved ones cannot afford the high cost of hotels in the Boston area.

That is where Hospitality Homes helps. Founded in 1983, we place families and friends in need of a place to stay in the homes of caring people who want to help.

History

In 1973, Doris Jones’ 18-month old daughter, Pam, needed an experimental form of cancer treatment. Within two days, she and her two daughters were on their way to Boston. There were no hotel rooms available, so the hospital placed them in a vacant office building. They slept in cots while Pam underwent treatment. In the meantime, Doris enrolled her older daughter in school, where she met Sue Gracey.

Years later, with a room to spare, Sue remembered Doris’ ordeal and opened her home to patients’ families in need of a place to stay.

Joan Biggers, Director of Patient Representatives at an area hospital, was just as disheartened at the plight of patients’ families. Daily she saw families sleeping in nurses closets, on floors, or in cars. Joan secured funding in 1983 to begin The Hospitality Program. She led the cause with Sue and Colin Gracey as well as the Rev. Jeanne Sproat and they began to make a difference. The Hospitality Program was born out of the resolve of these four to help families find comfort and strength through the hospitality of Boston area residents.

In 2002, the Hospitality Program was named Hospitality Homes to more closely represent the mission and the spirit of the organization. We continue to help thousands of patients and their families stay well by staying close together.

CONTACT:

Contact Hospitality Homes

PO Box 15265
Boston, MA 02215

888.595.4678

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Wrapped Up is excited to announce Hospitality Homes as their latest partner!

PROFILE: Diane Rose (The Blind Quilter)

8 Jul

Recently, we came across this amazing story of Diane Rose, a blind quilter.

Vision-impaired with glaucoma all her life, Rose became blind as a result of an accident in 1984, a mere four days before she was to undergo a cornea transplant. But not only has that condition not slowed her down, Rose has used it to serve as a means to motivate others to achieve their true potential.

Diane has now finished over 600 quilts and is working her way to 700 quilts!
She has given many of them to celebrities including former President G.W. Bush and country singer Loretta Lynn

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PROFILE: Italian Home for Children

4 Jul


Italian Home for Children
http://www.italianhome.org/

Who are they?

The Italian Home is a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children of all races, nationalities and religions. On any given day about 100 children attend the programs in the Jamaica Plain campus, while about 20 children are enrolled in the Cranwood programs in East Freetown, MA.

The Italian Home for Children specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns. Every year the Italian Home assists hundreds of children and provides its services to children throughout Massachusetts.

What do they do?

Italian Home for Children exists to help children and their families thrive through progressive programs.

Core Values:

  • Protect the rights of children;
  • Promote the highest standards of education, care and treatment for children;
  • Support and preserve the relationship between a child and his/her family and community;
  • Accept the family system as the one in which the child is most likely to succeed;
  • Assist children and families in all efforts that promote a healthy reintegration at the earliest possible time;
  • Exist as a resource for children and families irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or national origin.

History

The Home for Italian Children officially opened February 10, 1921 with 30 girls aged 4-14 in residence. In 1929 admission broadened to include boys. From 1921-1969, the Home cared for approximately 115 children annually. The average age was 10 and the average stay was one year, although it ranged from 6 months to 10 years. Unlike most other orphanages and child welfare agencies of the time, children were not placed as domestic servants (as that was not the custom for Italians); or transferred to other institutions; or placed with foster or adoptive families. Rather, most of the children at the Home simply remained there until they could return to their parents or relatives or until an older sibling could care for them.

At its beginning, the Home’s founders had the foresight to also concern themselves with “other children of Italian parentage, whose parents are unable for any cause to support them properly.” The Home therefore was founded on by-laws that gave it a continuing function for children long after the aftermath of the influenza epidemic. Over the years, the needs of children referred to the Home did indeed change. The agency began to change the nature of its services – from only Italian children to children of all races, nationalities and religions, and from custodial care to treatment.

Subsequently, children with behavioral and family problems, many of them victims of abuse or neglect, were also accepted. By the early 1960s, the professional services of a social worker, consulting psychologist and teachers were added to supplement the work of the Sisters and services to the children. In 1974, in response to the changing political and social climate, the Home’s name was changed. Keeping its ties to the Italian community, the agency became the Italian Home for Children. By the mid-1970’s, the Home had become a residential treatment center providing clinical services for emotionally disturbed children of all nationalities and races.

From 1979-1984, a full range of clinical and educational services was developed. The main building was renovated to create modern, cottage-style units and additional office space. In 1985, the Home added an emergency shelter program for immediate care for children at risk. With the help of a capital campaign in the early 1990’s, the Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center was built to house all the educational services at the Home. In 2000, the Italian Home for Children acquired Cranwood Group Home in East Freetown, MA to expand its residential services. In 2001, in a joint venture with the Walker Home and School, the Italian Home acquired the Brighton Allston Mental Health Association to complete its continuum of services.

In the fall of 2005, after several years of hard work, the Italian Home received notification that we have been nationally accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation attests that an organization meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality care to the community it serves.

CONTACT:

Contact The Italian Home for Children

1125 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3495

617-524-3116

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PROFILE: Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids

1 Jul


Kevin Youkilis: Hits for Kids
http://www.youkskids.org/

Who are they?

Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is a charitable organization founded by Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, dedicated to rallying local and corporate support for charities and organizations focused on the health and wellbeing of children. Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids teams up with existing community-based children’s charities and medical research programs in New England and in Kevin’s home town of Cincinnati, to help them raise money and awareness.

What do they do?

They help to create a community of support and awareness for charitable organizations that advocate for the health and wellbeing of children.

Goals

  • To make a positive difference in a child’s life by channeling the time, energy, passion, and financial support of the greater community
  • To identify and provide philanthropic assistance to charitable groups that have a clear need for outside support, and that devote their resources to the well being of children
  • To fund programs which will provide medical assistance, medical research, education, community service and advocacy for children’s needs
  • To link partners, donors, children and the game of baseball together into a spirited organization built on passion and teamwork
  • To communicate back the results of all contributions so as to involve donors and volunteers in the joy of making a difference

CONTACT:

Contact Kevin Youkilis: Hits for Kids
P.O. Box 600311
Newtonville, MA 02460

781.444.9685
info [at] youkskids [dot] org

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PROFILE: Horizons for Homeless Children

13 Jun


Horizons for Homeless Children
http://www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org/

Who are they?

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways.

What do they do?

We help children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. We help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses. We help to stabilize families so that they can weather any crisis, and thus help to break the cycle of homelessness that too often occurs.

History

Horizons for Homeless Children was founded in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families.

Horizons for Homeless Children touches the lives of more than 2,200 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through Playspaces (educational and recreational spaces) in shelters and 175 children through its three Community Children’s Centers, Boston’s only comprehensive, full-time early education and childcare centers specifically for young homeless children. In addition to direct service, we advocate on behalf of young homeless children and their families with policy makers and provide training and technical assistance to related service providers.

Horizons for Homeless Children is supported primarily by charitable gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every gift helps!

CONTACT:

Contact Horizons for Homeless Children
800.560.7702

For General HHC information
hhcinfo [at] horizonsforhomelesschildren [dot] org

For Program information
617.445.1480
programs [at] horizonsforhomelesschildren [dot] org

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