Chadwick Bay N.Y.S. Women, Inc. donated 14 bags of holiday gifts to Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.’s youth residential programs. On hand to receive the donation were Diane Hewitt-Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Jill Meaux, Health and Family Services Director and Program Coordinator, Paula Schuk. The gifts will be given to youth in residence at the Safe House and Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP) apartments on Christmas Day.
The Safe House is a 12-bed runaway and homeless youth shelter that is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Homeless youth under the age of 18 may stay up to 21 days while staff work to reunite the family or find other appropriate living arrangements. Homeless youth ages 16 – 21 may stay for up to 18 months in the TILP apartments and learn independent living skills while working or going to school. In addition to shelter and life skills training, youth may be provided with health and mental health services, counseling, clothing, nutrition, transportation, and academic assistance. The Safe House and TLP apartments intake approximately 80 youth annually.
Many thanks to Chadwick Bay N.Y.S. Women, Inc. for their generous donation!