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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 PAGE 7 Italian Home for Children (Continued from Page I) By the fall of 1918, with then men off fighting the war, it was the responsibility of the women to put up food for the swelling numbers of sick. By the end of September 1918, it was estimated 50,000 people in Massachusetts had the flu. Dr. Gerardo Balboni, upper right, cares for youngsters at the Children's Health Welfare Clinic in 1920. A POWERFUL GIFT THAT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF MASSACHUSETTS Caring, Courageous, Inclusive, Innovative, and Agile: Italian Home for Children has exemplified these values throughout its history. Today Italian Home for Children is a comprehensive social service agency providing intervention and long term support services to children, adults, and families who are struggling with trauma, abuse, mental illness, learning disorders, and poverty; these individuals are of all races, nationalities, and religions. Many of the people we serve, ages 3-80, are the most vul- Fr. Antonio Sousa, pastor of St. Leonard's Church in Boston's North End and founder of the Home for Italian Children. pate in therapy. Progress came slowly, eventually he began to sit at the table and eat meals with the other kids. Remark- ably, he went outside, although frequently protesting that he was getting "too much vitamin C" and swam in the pool. Matt slowly started attending school twice a week. His two days a week tumed to five days a week, which eventually led to riding the bus to and from school. His participation in group activities and off-site trips increased. His hair no longer covered his eyes, and he reached out to staff for support, all important steps of growth for him. Matt's 15 months at Italian Home for Children flew by, and he transitioned out of our program during the summer of 2016. He left in tears as he said goodbye to the staff, and although a happy transition to foster care, it was difficult for everyone to say goodbye. The Italian Home for Children staff became more than just staff to Matt. They were in a very real sense part of his family. Matt is thriving in his foster home! He began the 5a grade this fall, in all mainstream classes, requiring very little social/emotional support while at school. He enjoys his friends and teachers, and is healthy, learning, and growing -- physi- cally and emotionally. Matt con- tinues to visit the Italian Home for Children once a month, as this was the place that sup- ported him through some of the toughest times; helped him realize his potential, restored his sense of hope and optimism, and was the place that finally allowed him to be a kid ..... Children trying to keep cool and enjoy the splashes from the dunk tank at SunSpiash, 2016. A group of girls enjoy the plants and flowers adjacent to the original farmhouse on the Jamaica Plain property around 1927~ ........ ~ nerable and fragile in our community and come to us with histories of devastating trauma and major life challenges. Italian Home has a proven track record of working with these special children, their families, and their community's supports to bring about lasting change and improve a child's well- being and sense of happiness. We are skilled in providing in- dividualized services for each child and family along a con- tinuum designed to produce fundamental changes in skill sets, behavior, and coping strategies that last across time. Italian Home is unique in our ability to support a family from crisis through reunifica- tion and long-term community stabilization. We haw created a model of service zlelivery which includes acue treat- ment, residential prognmming, therapeutic mentorilg, com- munity based indivilualized and family therapy, medica- tion management, so'ial skill training, spiritual enrchment, and education services. At Italian Home we are striving to create communities where all children, adults, and fam- ilies are embraced and em- powered to reach their full potential. Pictured here are children heading to one of the many activi- ties that take place during Italian Home for Children's summer fun day, SunSplash. FUNCTION FA CILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficut time, We would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family aad friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.eom