Community Connections: Room to Grow

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It’s always great to give back and that’s just what several members of our JLL family did this past Friday afternoon at Room to Grow. The organization, founded in NYC in 1998 and established in Boston in 2004, is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.

The unique program, which begins in a parent’s third trimester and lasts until their child turns three, facilitates healthy parent-child relationships, on track child development, and family stability to promote cognitive skills and well-being from the very beginning.

In the Boston location, two social workers see a total of six families per day, during which time each family is given customized one-on-one support, and an opportunity to take home a variety of needed items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.

 

Our nine JLL volunteers spent the afternoon helping to sort and straighten many of the clothing donations at the facility. In addition to clothing, the organization provides toys and other need supplies, which are organized by the child’s age and gender and set up to look like a store. Families even get to take home their items in Bloomingdale’s shopping bags, to really make it feel like a first-class shopping experience. Each family also takes home 10 books per visit, meaning that 60 books per day leave the facility.

A special thanks to our volunteers Chris Lawrence, Ted Wheatley, Lauren MacDonald, Nana AduKofi, David Vittori, Mike Potter, Christine DelPrete, Samantha Lordi and Amber Wannemacher for participating. If you would like to donate or volunteer your time to this great organization, visit their website to learn more.

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