Columbus House Christmas Donation 2017

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 Watson employees came together with Milestones Behavioral Services in our main cafeteria and made 271 Christmas Bags for Columbus House, and it’s affiliated. Milestones campus serves students ages 3-21 across the spectrum that demonstrate moderate to high functioning skills on the autism spectrum and related disabilities. The school sponsors a program where they bring students to different businesses to learn work and life skills. It is a treat to work with so many excellent students from the school for such a great cause. Columbus House’s mission is to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.

A few of Columbus House’s programs are;

  • outreach and engagement
  • shelter services
  • housing services
  • veterans services
  • income and employment
  • housing security

Columbus house relies on government grants as well as contributions from the private sector, including individuals, foundations, and businesses like Watson. The Christmas bags (for men, women, and children) contained

  • 1 Fleece or Sweater
  • one shirt, Socks
  • 3 Pairs of underwear
  • toiletries like lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • razors
  • hand cream
  • lip balm
  • a washcloth
  • and deodorant

We also like to include some fun like travel games, cards, and a day planner. Our hard-working teams managed to get this all together and wrap it festively in the Holiday spirit. These Christmas bags will be distributed throughout Columbus House, Middlesex Family Shelter and Wallingford Emergency Shelter. The Middlesex Family Shelter, located in Middletown, CT., provides beds and case management for up to 50 families per year, including as many as 150 or more dependent children. The Wallingford Emergency Shelter located in Wallingford, CT., provides beds, meals and case management for approximately 50 single adult men, women and average 12 families per year.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 we were joined by one of our employee’s Jeep Club. The Real Family Jeep Club kept it festive, upbeat and helped us roll over to Columbus House in the Christmas spirit in style! Watson would like to thank the Real Family Jeep Club for all their help packing, loading, unloading and the ability to help us distribute to so many in need. Thank you also to Kohl’s, Old Navy, Bulk Apothecary and the many other retailers and distributors who continuously let us buy in bulk to help these incredible organizations.