Charity Project 2023
Charity Project 2021
The Brighton Recovery Center for Women, located on Weaver Road in Florence, KY. has been open since April 2008. This is a residential social recovery program for adult women who are seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs. The program serves up to 100 women at a time and is free to those in the program. Total time in the four program components to successfully complete the program ranges from 9 months to 2 years. “The primary goals of the program are to reduce addicted women’s isolation from the community and from one another by improving their support systems, and by providing comprehensive services so that abstinence and recovery become a new way of life. Substance abuse affects so many lives, often with devastating results. This program will offer women hope, strength, and healing so that they may choose to live substance free.” The need for free recovery services in Northern Kentucky is great and this program has proven to be very successful. My proposal is to make lap quilts (at least 45” x 60”) or larger that will be given to those women who successfully complete the program. Many of the women are homeless or come from poverty situations. Some are even parolees that have chosen the program to overcome the reasons for their incarceration as an option to spending their time in jail. The Center has graduated over 363 women from the program in 11 years and holds the “New Beginnings Celebration” twice a year (usually in June and November) with an average of 20 graduates per event. If the Stringtown Quilters and Cabin Arts will supply 40 quilts per year, there should be enough on hand to give each of the graduates a quilt. I have been to several of the Celebrations and the gift of a quilt has always been so appreciated by the individuals. Many of the ladies have commented (often tearfully) that the handmade quilts show that “there really are other women out there who truly care about them.” Submitted by Linda Whittenburg
Over 50 quilts were donated to the Brighton Women's Recovery Center!
Charity Projects 2020
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
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.
Submitted by Pat Slater
Boone County Schools - School Resource Officer Appreciation
Charity Project 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).
Charity Project 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
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.
Charity Project 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.
Charity Project 2013
Sunrise Children’s Services
Charity Project 2012
Brighton Women’s Recovery Center
2011 Salvation Army
2010 Children's Advocacy Center
2009 Ronald McDonald House & Salvation Army Dolls
2008 Brighton Women's Recovery Center
2007 Care Net Services
2006 Alzheimer Quilts - Quilt Auction & Kentucky Methodist Children's Home (Totes)
2005 Wrap Them in Love for AIDS Children Everywhere & Kentucky Methodist Children's Home
2004 House Calls Program at St. Luke
2003 Sew Near to My Heart (Mini Quilt Auction) & Patriotic Quiltes to Local Establishments
2002 St. Elizabeth NICU and Mercy Maternity Home
2001 Hope Ministries
2000 Sew for the Cure & Boone County Women's Crisis Center
1999 CAC, Grief Quilts, St. Luke
1998 St. Elizabeth Women's Wellness Center Auction
1997 Woodspoint Nursing Home
1996 Boone County Police Cruiser Quilts for Kids
1995 Diocesan Catholic Children's Home, Ft. Mitchell