We are preparing for a beautiful summer here on the Island. These days already feel more carefree! It’s nice to walk outside and not have to brace for the cold. You will continue to notice more improvements to our three properties as the work turns to the exteriors. Blooms in Blue Point are courtesy of the hard work of Program Director Janet Watson, and Board member Janet Taitz along with the shelter residents. Patchogue boasts a gorgeous front garden and rear oasis due to the diligence and upkeep from staff green thumb and flower lover, Gayle Perry. Sayville will soon have a face lift, just in time to soak up the hot summer sun!
Years ago, when Sister Mary and Kay Kennedy first established the homes, we relied heavily on volunteers to help with the work outside. Much has changed since then, and a landscaper is necessary to keep up the grooming. However, gardens are places where community members can plant seeds, sow veggies, and show the houses some love. We still welcome scout troops, or any group or individual who would like to adopt a spot on our grounds to give us a little boost. Please let me know if this is of interest to you-or anyone you know! 631-447-3978.
We are currently in collaboration with Women Sharing Art, who obtained a grant from the Huntington Arts Council to create Mosaics for our three properties. The first design is underway for the Sayville location. The finished piece will be a compilation of all the smaller tiles made by COMMUNITY MEMBERS! If you want to be a part of the project, the dates are listed below for where you can go and create a piece. When the Mosaic is hung, we will have a small ceremony at the shelter to celebrate the community effort to beautify the kitchen with the artwork!
June 1st and June 15th -2pm Gillette House, 47 Gillette Ave-Sayville
June 23rd 12pm-6pm Patchogue, Arts on Terry Festival Women Sharing Art Booth
Special thank you to all who contributed to, and attended our annual Auction, Dinner and Fashion Show on May 7th! The great effort by all who supported this endeavor raised $18,600 for the agency!
Enjoy the June festivities! Who Knew? In 1972, President Nixon finally signed it into law and Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday in the US. 😊
Briana Taylor, LMSW
Our finished mosaic will feature your piece!