Our sites are great about bringing normalcy to the children we care for. This includes celebrating everyday things like Halloween. We’d like to highlight some activities we were able to engage youth in–even during pandemic circumstances–to keep them from feeling isolated or bored.
Our Apple Valley STRTP campus held some wonderful festivities for the youth including a haunted house walk-through experience. Youth from each dorm explored our transformed mental health wing, where the therapists’ offices were decorated with spooky props. Youth then entered the training room, where Halloween music played and the team members served them a variety of treats, including chips, cookies, doughnuts, pie, and candy! Needless to say, our teen boys were very contented with their Halloween spooktacular.
Youth also got creative and made some remarkable creations to decorate their dorms for the Halloween season. Our staff instructed youth on how to make wooden nightlights and other arts and crafts.
The Children’s Foundation of America supplied every youth in our care with a Halloween goodie bag. The children loved their treats and our staff enjoyed handing out the bags to the children. We enjoyed the special touch of the adorable handmade cards provided by volunteers for the kids. The festive bags included candy, a mini sleeve of Oreo’s, spider ring, spooky handmade cards and a toothbrush–the toothbrush being very important after all those sweets!
It brings us such joy to bring happiness to the families and youth we care for and look forward to more opportunities to show just how much we care. If you would like to help support holiday festivities for the children we support, please donate to the Children’s Foundation of America’s Holiday Heroes campaign. Our partners at the Foundation provide many wonderful things for the kids with the help of thoughtful people like you. Donate here.
Jenelle Phillips, Director of Development
Jenelle’s role is to identify and access resources for youth in our care. She is also responsible for maintaining a distinctive look and voice for Trinity through our online presence, media and community outreach. Before joining the Trinity team in 2016, Jenelle worked in the newspaper/magazine industry for nearly a decade as an award-winning graphic designer, photographer, writer and editor. Jenelle earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at California State University Fullerton. Jenelle is very involved in the community and is active in her church.