Charity Projects 2020


For 2020, Stringtown Quilters approved 2 charities.  The quilts will be presented at the October regular meeting.  

1.     Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC)

The DSAGC serves the area of southwestern Ohio, southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky by offering a multitude of programs on-going from birth through school age, transitioning into adulthood and planning for old age. You can learn more on their website www.dsagc.com. Down syndrome is a genetic condition occurring in 1 out of every 691 births. A baby with Down syndrome will have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome rather than the normal two. This is why Down syndrome is also referred to as Trisomy 21. In the US there are approximately 350,000 people living with DS. Common traits include cognitive delays, low muscle tone and speech impediments, along with an increased risk for certain medical conditions including congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. But with good medical care, quality educational programs and positive support from family, friends and community, people with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling and productive lives.

The DSAGC mission statement: The mission of the DSAGC is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities and together, celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome.
The need: Whether it’s through prenatal testing or after the baby is born, the diagnosis of Down syndrome can be very difficult for parents to hear. Family and friends, not knowing what to say, may shy away and the parents feel isolated. When a family makes contact with the DSAGC, the Early Matters Coordinator is available to answer questions, provide information on services available, connect them with other parents of children with Down syndrome, provide written materials and make personal visits.
Part of the personal visit includes presenting the parents with a “welcome basket” filled with ordinary baby gifts along with information about Down syndrome. The purpose of these gifts is to celebrate the birth of the baby just like any other baby would be celebrated. Last year 27 welcome baskets were distributed. I propose the guild make and donate baby quilts to include in the baskets. Any number we can supply would be appreciated as they currently are purchasing baby blankets to include when they do not have any donations.

Submitted by Pam Steele

2.    Benchmark Family Services

Benchmark Family services is a non-profit that works with the state to provide therapeutic foster care for children ages 0 - 21. The local office serves the Florence area and serves between 100 - 125 children. It is the largest office in the state which overall serves 500 - 600 children. These are children which have more intensive needs who have suffered extreme abuse and/or neglect, have emotional or behavioral problems, or are special needs children.

Children in most foster care situations are seen in the home usually once every 2 - 3 months. Children in therapeutic care receive weekly contact in some form. Within the month they will have 2 in-home visits, one out-of-home visit and weekly contact with the psychiatrist, psychologist or case manager. Again, these are children with all kinds of needs.

Providing infants and children’s with a quilt can make them feel that it is their own and can go with them if they are moved. There are times when a child is taken into foster care with very little that is theirs. Infants who are placed often come with nothing, leaving the foster parents to supply everything the infant will need.

If you would like more information, the contact person is Katie Ebbing. She can be reached at 859-525-1877 or by email at katie.ebbing@benchmarkfs.org I believe this is a very worthwhile project for us to make our charity recipient for this year.

Submitted by Pat Slater

Charity Projects 2019

Northern Kentucky Homeless Shelter
Stringtown Quilters chose the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky for its 2019 charity quilts.  Approximately 45 quilts were presented in October of 2019 to Kim Webb, Director and Kari Mulderink, member of First Church of Christ, who serves as the Homeless Ministry Coordinator which partners with the NK Homeless Shelter throughout the year.   
Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky opened its doors for the first time in the winter of 2008 as the region’s only cold weather shelter for adults. In the summer of 2010, they began providing shelter during the warmer months for men who are working towards achieving housing, income and improvement of health. They were started by a group of concerned citizens and business owners who wanted to ensure that our most vulnerable population had a place to go to during our coldest weather.

Their Mission Statement is:
To provide shelter which is life-saving in the winter and life-changing in the summer.
Their Vision Statement is:
We believe homelessness is an emergency and that shelter is a basic necessity for human beings. We believe that only when this basic necessity is provided, do human beings have the ability to recover from homelessness.

Charity Projects 2018

Comfort pillows – begin anytime, Viewer’s Choice voting in April 2018. May be donated to Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass).

Fidget quilts – begin anytime, Viewer’s Choice voting in July 2018. May be donated to Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass).

Church Charity – Remember the “Food Jar” to help the Church with its community service food pantry and to show our appreciation for the use of our meeting room each month.

Charity Projects 2017

Brighton Recovery Center- Since opening in 2008, Brighton Recovery Center for Women has provided hope and strength to homeless and low-income women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. The facility, located in Florence uses a peer-driven treatment model and takes a holistic approach to recovery.  One of the important things to the ladies graduating from this program is the receiving of a handmade quilt.  At graduation, they are presented with a quilt to keep.  This reminds them of their journey they have taken. Stringtown Quilters Guild choose this program as one of their main Charity events in 2015.  The Cabin Arts Quilt Shop in Burlington, has been collecting and providing the quilts to the Brighton Center for several years.  

Charity Projects 2016

Care Net Pregnancy Services- This is a non-profit group offering services in Florence, Cold Springs and Williamstown to anyone seeking assistance verifying pregnancy and clarification with how to proceed with a possible unplanned pregnancy. There are multiple free classes from healthy pregnancy to parenting guidance; relationship counseling; adoption counseling, just to name a few. All services are provided free of charge. Care Net provides multiple “gifts” for completion of certain courses, with the offering of a quilt upon completion of a 20 week parenting class. Typically, an average of 50 families complete this course per year.  The request wa for crib/baby blankets size quilts.  Submitted by guild member, Lisa Bayne.

 

ALS- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.  It causes muscles to “atrophy” or waste away.  The person becomes progressively more immobile as the disease advances.  They steadily decline from walking to walking with some kind of assistance.  They become wheel chair bound, then bed-ridden.  In the final stages of the disease, they need even more assistance with breathing and feeding.  Through all of this, the person does not lose their ability to think, hear, or see.  At the present, there is no cure or treatment to slow the effects of this disease. ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 50 and 70, with more men than women contracting the disease.  For unknown reasons, military veterans are twice as likely to contract the disease.  The national rate of the disease is 1-2 per 100,000 and Kentucky’s rate is 5-8 per 100,000 people. We are fortunate to have a local chapter of the ALS Association in Northern Kentucky.  It is located on Haines Drive in Florence, Kentucky.  They offer clinical management and support to the clients and their families.  Currently they service 198 clients and expect to add 75 – 100 new clients in 2016.  This chapter was started in 2001.  

 Our charity project provided quilts to cover laps in wheel chairs, approximately 36 by 48 inches.  They were distributed to the clients as part of a “winter care package”.  All quilts were submitted at the October 2016 meeting when a representative of each organization was in attendance to accept the quilts donated to them.  Over 75 quilts were donated to each charity, CARE NET and ALS.

Charity Projects 2015

St. Elizabeth Hospice- St. E Hospice care is as unique as the individual patients who come to us in search of this form of support and comfort. It’s focused on making the patient comfortable, while helping families cope with a difficult time of impending loss.  Each year the members nominate and vote on a charity project that the group would like to support. In 2015, one of the charities selected was the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice. The quilts are for women and men of all ages and walks of life. Veterans are especially treated with red, white and blue blankets to acknowledge their service to our country. The quilts will serve as a comfort for family and loved ones who experience the hospice program. All work and materials were donated by members of the Stringtown Quilters.

Brighton Recovery Center- Since opening in 2008, Brighton Recovery Center for Women has provided hope and strength to homeless and low-income women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. The facility, located in Florence uses a peer-driven treatment model and takes a holistic approach to recovery.  One of the important things to the ladies graduating from this program is the receiving of a handmade quilt.  At graduation, they are presented with a quilt to keep.  This reminds them of their journey they have taken. Stringtown Quilters Guild choose this program as one of their main Charity events in 2015.  The Cabin Arts Quilt Shop in Burlington, has been collecting and providing the quilts to the Brighton Center for several years.  

Sunrise Children’s Services.

Charity Projects 2014

NICU at St. Elizabeth Hospital- Charity Outreach project was 48″ x 48″ Baby Quilts for a local NICU at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky.  Donated quilts were presented in August and in November.

Check out this story from cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1DsRCPQ

Charity Projects 2013

Sunrise Children’s Services.

Charity Projects 2012

Brighton Women’s Recovery Center.

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