Wayside Innovates Grant Recipients
Wayside is pleased to announce the awardees of Wayside Innovates, an internal agency grant program funded in part by the Sudbury Foundation.
We are thrilled to support the following innovative projects developed by Wayside staff:
• Adventure Based Group Therapy program for youth in our intensive group homes was awarded $5,000. This proposal was submitted by Andrew DeVellis, Wayside Campus Clinician.
• Therapy Dog program to be implemented agency-wide was awarded $2,500. This proposal was submitted by Judi Earnest, Wayside Blackstone Valley in collaboration with Penny Russell, Assistant Campus Director.
• The Green Mental Health program, based on evidence-based treatments for wellness based on mindfulness, healthy nutrition and lifestyle change, will provide consultations to In-Home Therapy clients in MetroWest. This project was awarded $2,500 and was submitted by Danuza Aquino, Wayside MetroWest Community Services.
Senior leadership was amazed by the thoughtfulness and creativity of each grant proposal, which showed the passion our staff has for their work and the children and families we support every day! After careful consideration and deliberation, we decided to award these three grants, all of which show a strong commitment to our mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being.
We look forward to sharing the progress of these projects over the next year. Thank you to all who submitted ideas and proposals. It is truly humbling to see the breadth of expertise, energy and passion you all have for making the world a better place.