Activity Boxes and Wellness Bags
Being stuck at home with nothing to do is hard for anyone. To help our group home residents stay engaged and active, we delivered seven uniquely themed activity boxes to our 68 group homes, sending a total of 476 boxes over the course of the year.
These boxes included: arts and crafts, puzzles, recipes (including the ingredients and supplies), games, seeds to plant in gardens, activity sheets, and more! Each round of boxes had a different theme ranging from Spring, Canada Day, Halloween, Valentines/Chinese New Year, and Black History Month. Our homes looked forward to receiving a surprise activity box at their door on a regular basis. Group home staff appreciated the activities and games that could help keep those they supported entertained and engaged throughout the various lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.
At CLTO, we know that we have the best direct support professionals and staff! This year, we felt it was especially important to ensure that our frontline staff were well equipped and feeling supported. To help our employees during these troubling times, we began sending out staff wellness bags. These were full of a collection of items and resources to promote good mental health and wellbeing. Wellness bags included items such as community masks, hand sanitizer, bath products, exercise sheets, online resources for mental health support and wellness, coupons to health food stores, ear savers, and of course, some healthy snacks.