In October 2015 we wrote about how case management at our single bedroom supportive housing facility Jane Cizik Garden Place helps foster community by keeping residents connected with events on and off the campus. In addition to helping foster community for residents, as case managers at Jane Cizik Garden Place (JCGP), Sr. Case Manager, Ashley Stratton and Case Manager Nena Chima provide residents access to a variety of support services. These support services include access to an on-site pantry, bus passes, transportation to food pantries, groceries and events, and assistance with accessing support programs such as SNAP, social security, medical insurance, and seeking employment. Of the 90 tenants at JCGP, in 2015, 83 of them used case management services a total number of 1,203 times. These services are the backbone of supportive housing, helping our residents not only maintain their housing, but also giving them the tools and resources they need to live healthy, independent lives.
This December Ashley and Nena gave residents the opportunity to connect with each other while also helping others in Spring Branch gain the resources they need to do their best. They organized the resident’s yearly holiday party, making the RSVP a donation of school supplies for Treasure Forest Elementary School where many students often need help replenishing their supplies after winter break. More than 30 complex residents RSVP’d, collecting over 150 school supply items that will give bright young students the tools they need to excel in the spring.
Partygoers enjoyed a hearty holiday meal featuring turkey and ham with all the fixings before getting in touch with their crafty side decorating their choice of a Styrofoam tree, snowflake, or reindeer with ribbon, wrapping paper, stickers and trimmings. The craft supplies were donated by volunteers Carrie Wilsong and Amber Bernhardt. Volunteer Jacquelyn Strenger helped facilitate the evening’s festivities. Residents had the chance to compete for best decorated craft and won raffle prizes throughout the night.
The final activity of the evening was led by volunteer group Sing! Sing! Sing! (SingX3) a local choir group that gives vocalists of all skill levels the opportunity to sing and learn to harmonize together with skilled musicians. SingX3’s leader Barbara Reichlin contacted The Home seeking places to perform and their troupe was a perfect fit for the holiday party. SingX3 led partygoers in an hour of sing along caroling, complete with instruments and the words projected for everyone to follow along. The evening culminated with a rendition of Silent Night which the choir recorded and you can listen to here.
Guests were able to choose a make-up bag or purse of choice filled with toiletries donated by American Intercontinental University as their party favor for the evening. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped our residents at Jane Cizik Garden Place have a fantastic evening!