WOMEN IN CRISIS (Domestic Violence Shelter)
Family Tree Women in Crisis is truly thankful for the pillow donations from Pillow Hugs. Recently, I provided two new client residents with pillows and later that day I noticed the young lady cuddling her pillow as she watched a movie. It brought a smile to my face, that such a simple gesture can provide such comfort.
Family Tree Women in Crisis has been receiving Pillow Hugs since February 2008. The pillows have been a great way for me to welcome children into our safe house and make a connection with them right away. It gives staff an opportunity to show we care about their comfort and safety. It is also nice that the kids receive an item that they can call their own as they enter the shelter. There are also times where adult clients will request a pillow, because they are such a welcoming touch.
The pillows are a nice way to provide nurture and care to children of all ages who have struggled through traumatic experiences. Not only are the pillows a welcome gift for our residents, they can also be used as learning tools for our youth. In the past, I have used the pillows to show examples of “gentle touch” versus “rough touch”. I also encourage the children to use their pillows as a coping tool for when they are in need of comfort. Overall, this donation has made a huge difference in the lives of our clients and I am delighted that we have been selected as on of your charities of choice.
Thank you, Siobhan Hastings, Family Tree Women in Crisis – Children’s Advocate
HOUSE OF HOPE HOMELESS SHELTER
“As a homeless shelter for women with children, Pillow Hugs has always come though to help with not only a very practical need for our families, but they also provide a sense of hope, home, and love. You truly are bringing a joy to these families and children who are experiencing some of the worst hardships imaginable. Thank you so much for what you do for Family Tree House of Hope!” -House of Hope staff and residents
Letters from residents of House of Hope
I came to the House of Hope in January. And when my children and I came we had nothing, but when my daughter and son got a pillow that was donated by your organization it put smiles on their faces!!. It’s organizations like Pillow Hugs that make a big difference in people’s life.
When my daughter and I moved into House of Hope we were nervous and scared. When she received her pillow her face lit up and the message inside warmed my heart. My daughter sleeps with her pillow every night and we will forever cherish it. Thank you so much.
“These are people who truly share God’s Love with so many others! I wish they could see how many children receive these hugs and walk out with their hands and hearts full! I know our children feel safer and more loved and cared for through these “pillow hugs”. Michele Kelly, Licensed Psychologist at Kempe Center.
“Savio works with many children who have experienced trauma and have very little. The pillow hugs provided through this mission has helped to give hundreds of children something special that is just theirs! The sparkle in the eye of a child when we give them a pillow is priceless.” Julia L. Roguski, MA, LPC, CACIII Savio Director of Child Protection Services
CENTRAL VISITATION PROGRAM
The Pillow Hug is a great comfort to the children we serve. We have them available at all times. Children of all ages love having something they can hold. Here is a story that happened a couple of Saturdays ago:
Mary* was excitedly waiting for her father to come and see her. They have been coming to Central Visitation Program for a few months. They have a great time together. Dad promised he would bring her a bike as hers had gotten stolen during the week. Mary waited and waited and her dad did not show up. He did not call to say he was not coming to their parenting time. Mary was visually disappointed, hurt and unhappy. We encouraged her to come and get a pillow hug. While she was still hurt by her father’s choice, she held on to that pillow and proudly showed her mom.
You all do a great service to the children we serve. Having something made by people the children do not know and gives them such joy is the best. Our children become more comfortable and cherished with your bright and colorful pillows to hold. It is a hug they can carry with them. Rest assured the children love the pillows in happy times, too. Sometimes children choose a pillow on the last parenting time they have with us. A little like a graduation gift. Sometimes children will choose a pillow on their birthday as a gift. CVP would never be able to provide such a great child focused gift if it was not for the Pillow Hugs group! Betsy Sweetland, Executive Director, Central Visitation Program, Central Presbyterian Church
Thank you so much for making and donating the pillows to Karlis Family Center. By donating to the Family Tree, you are helping people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Thank you, Karlis Staff
Thank you for the generosity of comforting pillows. It’s a simple act of kindness that lends great strength an to the warmth of the soul. Donald likes the trucks. J
I’ve been meaning to get back to you and let you know that having aplain side (to the pillowcase) has been a huge success. I cannot express how important it has been for the kids to be able to use the plain side as a coping skill in their grief. Our group facilitators have also given me a great deal of positive feedback about the new adition of a plain side (to the pillow case). Thank you for putting forth the extra effort to make that happen. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness, support and dedication for our grieving families. THANKS AGAIN!
Alex Jacobson, MA Grief Counselor Judi’s House
JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Two pillows have gone to children of meth users who have given the responsibility of their children to the grandparents. These children feel abandoned by their parents and have lost many of their belongings during moves while homeless or staying with friends of their parents. They are like leaves blowing in the wind. The pillows give them something of their own that can’t be taken away. Hugs are often something these children lack .These pillows bring big smiles from the kids we see and help them feel special and loved by people they don’t even know.
Your gifts are much appreciated. Karen Hardison, Jefferson Center for Mental Health
The pillows have been so great at Central. I have become famous for therapeutic coping skills pillows. I have such wonderful reports from teachers of kiddos using them for comfort in class and also some kids using it for coping when they are angry. I have this one little girl who holds it throughout most of her school day as a source of comfort. Another kiddo who when he gets frustrated in class his teacher allows him a break in the corner with his special pillow. All of my new clients are requesting coping pillows. It has become a fad. Thank you so much! They have truly been such a blessing.