Noank Group Homes & Support Services Annual "Roots & Wings" Gala & Auction
Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Beer, Wine & Cocktails
Hors d'oeuvres by Go Fish/Steak Loft
Music by Andre & Friends
Live & Silent Auction
Now more than ever we need your support!
This year has brought tremendous change to Noank Group Homes and Support Services. Sadly, cutbacks at the State Department of Children and Families forced the closure of several group homes around the state, including one of ours, High Street House. Unfortunately, with this decision, our agency lost nearly a million dollars in state funding. On a bright note, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Dr. Regina Moller, who joined us following Sandy Easton’s retirement in July. While the landscape of child social services in our state is shifting, Dr. Moller is a dynamic and experienced leader whose vision will allow us to face current challenges and continue to grow. At this difficult time, your support is critical!
Thanks to the overwhelming support at our second annual "Roots and Wings" Gala last year, we raised over $28,000. This year, we will be holding our third annual "Roots and Wings" Gala on November 9. With your support we hope to exceed last year’s success. The event will include live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres donated by Steak Loft and Go Fish, and a silent and live auction.
The funds that we raise will ensure that Noank Group Homes will continue to offer our residents support and care which has a lasting impact on their lives. Please read on to hear how some of our former residents have benefited from their experience with the organization:
"I was a hard nut to crack when I lived at High Street House in the 1980’s. I trusted no one and no one had a reason to trust me. I wasn’t easy to live with or to like. I didn’t like myself. But no one on the staff gave up on me. They saw something good in me that I couldn’t see. After a while, I smiled a little more and started to believe that maybe I was good enough to love and be loved. I don’t know how my life would have turned out if I didn’t live in a group home like High Street House." JLB
“I lived at High Street House” many years ago and I often thought it should have been called High Street Home because that’s what it was to me. I had parents but I never felt like I was living in a family until I went to live at High Street House in Mystic. I felt loved and cared for by people that weren’t even related to me. When my two children were much younger, they would ask me where I lived when I was their age - - I told them I lived in Mystic with my “family” in a home where there was fun, laughter, discipline, and love. That’s how I tried to raise my kids, too. " M.B.
"When I lived with my Mom and Dad, we never celebrated birthdays and Christmas was just a day to watch holiday movies. Santa Claus never found our apartment I guess. I was taken from Mom and Dad because of neglect. I went to live in one of Noank (Baptist) Group Homes. It was there that I learned how birthdays and Christmas holidays were celebrated in happy families. I also learned how to cook and bake, how to save money, and clip coupons for grocery shopping. I really appreciate what the group home taught me and how they saved my life. Thank you!" Sue
When & Where
Noank Community Support Services
Noank Community Support Services is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by providing specialized and individualized services, the development of healthy relationships, access to resources, connection to the larger community, and hope for the future.
Founded in 1972, Noank Baptist Group Homes (NBGH) was originally affiliated with Noank Baptist Church although it was separately incorporated. Following a donation of a house on Main Street in Noank to the church, a committee of church members decided to use the house as a home for teenage girls who were in state care. The corporation’s original purpose was “to take care of eight or nine girls and to offer services designated to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs and contribute to their health, security, and happiness.”
Today the re-named Noank Community Support Services operates two therapeutic group homes for young women ages 14-18 in Noank and Ledyard. In addition, we are excited about our newly opened group home in Mystic for Latina pregnant and parenting teens up to age 18 and their babies and young children. The young women in our homes come into care after having suffered severe trauma, and are at high risk for dropping out of school, becoming pregnant, abusing substances, and living transient lifestyles. The same teenagers, when given a stable, nurturing environment with the support of warm and responsive adults, have found success. Many have graduated from high school - some with honors - and have gone on to pursue vocations, college degrees, and successful independent living in the community. We also offer a Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) for young adults who age out of state foster care and pursue higher education and employment, and now also a variety of community-based and in-home services for children of all ages and their families, as well as for the chronically mentally ill adult.