Gerard Community Mental Health Services

Gerard’s SHIP Comes In

Gerard Academy received a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) for $2,700 of outdoor recreation equipment. Elaine Hansen, Senior Development Coordinator for Gerard Academy, submitted an application for bike helmets, footballs, basketballs, bean bag toss games, softball gloves, bats, volleyballs, and other outdoor recreation equipment for the youth in Gerard’s residential program.

Gerard’s SHIP project provides students with equipment to use when playing outdoors. Having a variety of equipment gives residents many options for exercise. One youth said, “It’s fun to have new equipment and choices about what we can do.”

The youth are busy enjoying the great weather and fresh air as they engage in physical activity on the beautiful campus. They also have portable bean bag toss games to take on camping trips and outings to area parks.

“We are glad to again have bean bags to use with the boards,” said a Gerard staff member. “The kids also appreciate having new softball gloves and softballs with the covers not coming off.”

Youth are so thrilled about the equipment, even their therapists are hearing about it. One therapist reported a client’s enthusiasm about receiving new basketballs.

To store all of this new equipment, Gerard Academy was also fortunate to receive support from Home Depot to go towards shelving units.


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