(Torrington, CT) – Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Center For Youth and Families has received a $50,000 grant from The Foundation for Community Health, Inc., that helped create their new multi-functional space for group sessions and play therapy.
“The foundation’s generosity has allowed us to create an amazing new space at our facility. The new area provides us with a place to be creative, engage and interact with others, and do cooperative games. It allows a place for our kids to play and experience joy; ultimately it builds relationships that lead to enhanced communication, and understanding, as well as the opportunity to practice new skills.” said Joan M. Neveski, L.C.S.W., Clinical Manager of the center. “When the hospital decided to consolidate its child behavioral health services at one location, we envisioned a space we could use for multiple purposes, and this is it. It provides a safe environment for developing a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical well-being, and serves as a place where kids of all ages can just be kids.”
The renovated area was formally a community room for the previous tenets, and is located in the basement of the Center’s new location at 50 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The space features a large area and stage that is used for game-based and team building activities, art and relaxation therapy, and movement, role play and drama exercises. The area is primarily used to serve children and parents in the Center’s Bridges Extended Day program; however all of the programs and staff use the space for activities and gathering.
The new activity room allows staff to further embrace the children, families, and caregivers in a supportive therapeutic environment. Studies show that the characteristics of the physical environment in which care is delivered affect outcomes, the satisfaction of those being served, and the satisfaction of those providing the service.
After a tour of the completed project, Nancy Heaton, CEO of the Foundation for Community Health, had this to say: “We enjoyed our visit to the new child-centered space, and we are so pleased to have been part of the collaboration that resulted in a place where children can feel safe to express themselves.”
Funding for this project was provided in whole by the Foundation for Community Health, Inc. The Foundation for Community Health invests in people, programs and strategies that work to improve the health of the residents of the northern Litchfield Hills and the greater Harlem Valley. The Foundation makes grants, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and supports collaborations and advocacy. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded almost $9 million dollars in grants that have helped many in our community. In addition to its direct funding of health projects, FCH initiates forums, conferences, workshops, and other educational programs aimed at improving access to healthcare for people living in the FCH community.
The Center for Youth and Families is a professional mental health service that assists children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, developmental and family difficulties. The center’s interdisciplinary team of licensed therapists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychiatric
nurses and master-level prepared interns offers diagnostic evaluations, community services and education and psychotherapy treatment.
For more information about the CHH Center for Youth and Families or to make a referral, call (860) 489-3391 or visit www.charlottehungerford.org.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving 100,000 residents of northwest Connecticut in 15 towns. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.
(LtoR) Joan Neveski, LCSW, of the CHH Center For Youth & Families welcomes Nancy Heaton, CEO, of the Foundation for Community Health, and board members Karren Garrity and Dr. John W. Gallup as they tour the Center’s new activity space funded by a foundation grant.