On Saturday, I went to a beautiful event in aid of Tearmann House in New Glasgow. Eleven women dressed in their PJs, carrying scrub buckets filled with necessities, gathered to enjoy a beautiful breakfast together. The women who organized the breakfast invited Tearmannâ€™s Executive Director Lambrini Soulos,to come to talk to the group about her role at the house and let us know a little about what they need at this time of year.
We learned about how women arrive with their children in the middle of the night, with nothing except the clothes on their backs. We learned of all of the services that Tearmann offers to residents, they teach parenting and life skills, as well as help with court battles, job hunting and locating new housing for the residents.
I was surprised to learn of two things in particular. First, they need foster parents for pets, like dogs and cats! When women arrive at the house they are not allowed to keep pets on site. They are always looking for people to take in foster pets for two to eight week stints. Please think about taking in a furry friend!
Second, they have been collecting items throughout the year to give the child residents of the house for Christmas, so the kids are going to be well taken care of. However, one thing that the executive director would like to be able to do is have gifts for the children to give to their moms! If you are able to this Christmas, please drop of an 'unwrapped gift for a mom' that one of these children can give to their mom. Some ideas: New PJs, a curling iron, a new sweater, a pair of earrings, make up, or cozy socks, remember these women left their homes with nothing.
What a beautiful way to give this season! If you are able to help with either of these things, please call Tearmann House at 752-1633.