By Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri - Founder, Executive Director
I am attaching our spring newsletter. We're heading to Armenia in early April! Read more about that trip and our expectations in the newsletter.
Here is an excerpt below.
We are grateful for each of you, and for the way you care for our residents.
Natalie (for us all)
A New Foundation, A New Hope
The Garden House construction is complete and we are ready to welcome Anna and Sassoon home in April. After an Easter celebration with the residents and an intensive three-day staff training led by Natalie (founder) and Bridget (founding board member), we will drive the winding roads to pick up Sassoon and Anna. Juliet Setian, a volunteer and donor, will be traveling with us, strengthening and supporting this delicate effort. Together we will do our best to prepare the staff to care for these two residents. We will prepare our hearts once again to meet the challenges that are an inevitable part of this work. We will prepare Sassoon and Anna as well. It is a time of change but this is a change we have long awaited. The hope is that the Garden House will be a transitional living space for any resident with more intense behavioral needs. We have well-laid plans to provide the support and care that Anna and Sassoon will need. These include: a greater staff to resident ratio, positive behavior support plans, visual schedules, and much more. We have worked hard. We have tried to learn from our mistakes. We have built a new foundation. May it be strong and well-laid. May it withstand and support the pressures, the weight, and the soul of this new Garden Home.
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