2015 Grant Round: $15,000 Designated to South Shore Organizations

A grand total of $15,000 was designated to local organizations, thanks to the incredible generosity of Solstice Restaurant patrons and friends who attended the 2015 Summer Solstice Celebration in support of the Solstice Foundation mission.

1. SSYHC Prevention Consultant

Thanks to our 2014 grant to SSYHC, Julie Nussbaum, Prevention Consultant, has been working closely with leaders and concerned citizens in the Duxbury and Kingston communities over the last year. One thing we know for sure is that the drug and opioid problem is not going away. We have only just begun to mobilize, educate, and develop resources. We are thrilled to fund an additional year of Julie’s services to ensure both coalitions continue to make progress and become sustainable over the long term. Learn more about South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection.

2. Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center

The Solstice Foundation has granted funds to Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center to support three daylong support retreats for adults who are struggling with bereavement. These retreats include one for parents who have lost a child to an overdose, one for parents who have lost a child under any circumstance, and one for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Hope Floats was founded in 2008 Ken and Denise Brack in memory of their son Michael, who passed in 2002. Having learned how such a loss is devastating and isolating, they wanted to offer support and resources to others going through a similar crisis. Today the center offers a variety of free support groups, support retreats and complementary wellness classes, body treatments and workshops.

We are all so very fortunate to have this resource in our community. Hope Floats offers bereavement services and support to the community free of charge. We urge you to learn more about this wonderful organization and consider giving if so inspired: http://www.hopefloatswellness.org

3. Silver Lake Integrated Playground

We are thrilled to support SLIP, the Silver Lake Integrated Playground due for ground breaking on June 11th 2016. Our board designated over $5K in funding to purchase sensory/educational/strengthening toys and equipment to support this barrier-free playground initiative accessible to residents of Kingston and surrounding towns.

4. Heidrea 4 Heroes – Lift 21

An additional $2K was designated to Heidrea for Heroes, a Plymouth-based organization dedicated to supporting US Veterans in need as part of their Lift 21 program.