Albertina Kerr's Cook for a cause
Albertina Kerr partners with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self determined lives and realize their full potential.
Established in 1907, Albertina Kerr was originally an organization to care for homeless children and also a nursery. After Albertina passed away, her husband opened up a home for foster children. This was her dying wish. In 1967, the population was changed to help people with mental illness in acute psychiatric care and also individuals with developmental disabilities. Cook for a cause is open to the public and provides meals. The proceeds from people within the community go to supporting the activities and services for these individuals in the community.
In the mid 1990s, Kinship House was founded by a group of professionals who observed a significant gap between the delivery of child welfare services and meeting the mental health needs of children in foster care. Since then, Kinship House has expanded to a full-service child mental health agency while maintaining its expertise in work with children and their biological, foster, and adoptive families. Kinship House is a resource to families and a model for the mental health and child welfare community. Ongoing consultation and educational services provide meaningful therapeutic tools to help more children and families.
- cut pictures for trauma therapy collages
- organize donation cabinet area
- talk with foster children in waiting area
- clean/pick up therapy rooms
- file papers
How my volunteer work will and continue to create change:
- I have and will continue to keep the donation area and therapy rooms tidy and prepare collage items for children to be able to effectively create a collage to express their traumatic experiences, goals, and desires for the future by having the tools readily available for them
- connect and talk with the children to make them feel comfortable and in a home like environment full of support