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  Spirit Space
Springfield College senior Kait Bonsignore (left) and Occupational Therapy Chair Lori Vaughn (right) are assisting local youth by helping trans- form the space on the third floor of the college’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement into a ‘Spirit Space.’ This sensory-friendly space will
be utilized by youth taking part in the Springfield College Homework Heroes and Middle School Mentors programs, which focus on mentoring local youth. As part of the initiative, Bonsignore and Vaughn helped sew sensory-stimulation bags, which contain various fidgets as well as some handmade items such as Orbeez in gloves and rice in tube socks, which participants in the community programs can use at home.
  Room to Recover
Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E) is sponsor- ing a Room to Recover at Safe Haven in Westfield, a program of MHA that offers transitional housing support to people served by the Department of Mental Health who are experiencing chronic homeless- ness, including those in recovery. Recently, WG&E’s Tom Flaherty, Robin Krok, and Lisa Stowe toured Safe Haven in person with MHA’s Kim Lee and Safe Haven’s Samantha Gulzvig and Colleen Keaveney, and talked with program staff and met residents who are working on getting stable as they pre- pare for a successful transition to living independently in the community.
  Gift of Warmth
Freedom Credit Union members and employees raised $2,117 to support the Massachusetts Coalition for
the Homeless and its A Bed for Every Child program during the 11th annual Gift of Warmth – Blanket, Clothing, and Pajama Drive. Freedom accepted cash donations at all locations throughout February,
and the funds were used to purchase new blankets and warm clothing, including pajamas, for children in need throughout the region. “A good night’s sleep is so important to the well-being, education, and growth of a child,” said Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch (pictured). “We hope this donation can help give that to children in our com- munity.”
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