Holiday Celebrations Make an Impact on the Hill

The holiday season can be an incredibly emotional time for our moms. They are often separated from family and friends during treatment and repairing the damage that addiction has done to their lives. Holiday celebrations are also often common triggers. Many celebrations often center around drinking and could also bring up tension among family members. Lead Child Development staff Erica Lara also notes that “sometimes our families get so lost in the world with alcohol, drugs, and abusive relationships they forget how good it feels to spend time with their loved ones clean and sober.”

Our caring staff members put special efforts into making the holidays joyful for the moms and kids in our program. Reminding them of how good it feels to spend time with friends and family and providing them with happy new memories and traditions can benefit their future recovery success. This year, Parisi House moms and their children got to have much fun celebrating holidays on the hill. We received food donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. They got to participate in cooking a traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey with fixings and sit-down family-style fostering renewed bonds with their children and connection with their fellow housemates and staff. Christmas time began with holiday decorations going up all around campus, Santa visits, presents donated, and an outing to Christmas in the Park with their children. Each of these activities are fun and deeply impactful on our moms. When former client Mi Pham remembers her holidays at Parisi House, she says that from then on, she” vowed to continue providing happy memories for my family.” It continued to motivate her long after she left our program.

These celebrations are so much more than opportunities to provide our moms and children with some fun times. These moments leave a lasting impact, spurring our moms to achieve success in their sobriety and to continue making special memories with their families in the future. We continue to be grateful to the community for their role in making these important experiences memorable for all the women and children in our care.

Holiday Celebrations Make an Impact on the Hill

The holiday season can be an incredibly emotional time for our moms. They are often separated from family and friends during treatment and repairing the damage that addiction has done to their lives. Holiday celebrations are also often common triggers. Many celebrations often center around drinking and could also bring up tension among family members. Lead Child Development staff Erica Lara also notes that “sometimes our families get so lost in the world with alcohol, drugs, and abusive relationships they forget how good it feels to spend time with their loved ones clean and sober.” 

Our caring staff members put special efforts into making the holidays joyful for the moms and kids in our program. Reminding them of how good it feels to spend time with friends and family and providing them with happy new memories and traditions can benefit their future recovery success. This year, Parisi House moms and their children got to have much fun celebrating holidays on the hill. We received food donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. They got to participate in cooking a traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey with fixings and sit-down family-style fostering renewed bonds with their children and connection with their fellow housemates and staff. Christmas time began with holiday decorations going up all around campus, Santa visits, presents donated, and an outing to Christmas in the Park with their children. Each of these activities are fun and deeply impactful on our moms. When former client Mi Pham remembers her holidays at Parisi House, she says that from then on, she” vowed to continue providing happy memories for my family.” It continued to motivate her long after she left our program. 

These celebrations are so much more than opportunities to provide our moms and children with some fun times. These moments leave a lasting impact, spurring our moms to achieve success in their sobriety and to continue making special memories with their families in the future. We continue to be grateful to the community for their role in making these important experiences memorable for all the women and children in our care.