Monday, December 28, 2009

Thank you, Monday Connections

Members of a local group called Monday Connections chose to sponsor SCH's children for this year's Angel Tree celebration. Each child had a wish list of items including winter coats, gloves, pajamas, socks, etc. Gifts came pouring in to the administrative office just a few weeks after Monday Connections received the initial wish lists.

Second Chance Homes hosted Angel Tree at Garfield School. (Thank you, Garfield, for allowing us to use the facility free of charge.) Costco donated cookies and water bottles to the event, and Santa even showed up!

Lots of children and families arrived to the party, and were so excited to see mounds of beautifully wrapped boxes.

We, at Second Chance Homes, are so grateful to Monday Connections for their generosity, as well as to all of the volunteers who helped make Angel Tree possible for our residents.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Visions of sugar plums

Second Chance Homes and Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court hosted their second annual joint Christmas party last Friday at Friendship House. The party is a wonderful celebration of the progress that each family has made with help from these two organizations. Both active clients and graduates are invited to share in the festivities.

The children were fascinated by the karaoke machine. Many of them were amazed to hear their voices boom over the speakers.
We also set up craft tables for clients and their children to make play dough ornaments, paper bag puppets, reindeer food, reindeer clothespins, and decorate their very own cookies! We had wonderful volunteers heading up the tables. One volunteer actually made play dough from scratch!

Santa made a special stop at Friendship House to distribute gifts to all of the children. Each child got his/her picture taken with jolly old Saint Nick!

After a night filled with pizza, laughter, sugar and family, everyone left the party very exhausted but with lifted spirit.

Second Chance Homes would like to give a special thanks to:
Pizza Hut
Our wonderful, talented volunteers
Family Services, Inc.
Friendship House
Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court

Thank you for your generosity!

Monday, December 7, 2009

From Us With Love

It was the 24th annual Festival of Trees event last week at the Shrine, but Second Chance Homes' second year participating. Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for Family Tree Center (SCH's umbrella organization). This year's theme was "Circle of Friends." We feel the base of our tree represents the theme quite well.

Before we even began decorating the tree, the entire staff helped glue and wire each and every ornament (strict set of rules for event). Staff members were great sports--as we were dealing with A LOT of ornaments!!

We had such a blast decorating this year--singing Christmas carols and Bob Marley tunes...

Happy Holidays!!