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Rotary Club donates to healthy lifestyles

on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

The Florence Rotary Club recently donated $2,000 to support the Chrysalis Center and its services to women and their children. The Chrysalis Center is a unique, extended term, residential treatment facility for chemically dependent women and their children, managed by Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. Located at 1430 South Cashua Drive, it provides living quarters for 16 mothers and their children under the age of 10. 

“This is a great opportunity for the Florence Rotary Club and Circle Park Behavioral Health Services to collaborate on addressing a most important issue in our community,” stated Debbie Hyler, Florence Rotary Club President. “We share a common mission to improve the quality of life in the Florence area and this donation allows us to assist an important and underserved segment of our community that desperately needs our support.” The Chrysalis Center provides long term treatment for pregnant women with children in a safe, structured and stable residential environment.

Many of the women entering the Chrysalis Center suffer from a wide range of negative social experiences such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug addiction, poor education and lack of family bonding and support. As a result, many are inevitably trapped in a cycle of physical, emotional and substance abuse with little, if any, resources to break free on their own. Along with an extensive array of family oriented services provided to the mothers and their children, an additional challenge facing the Chrysalis Center is that many enter the facility with minimal health and nutritional knowledge.

Most have been transient and have suffered from neglect and poor eating and exercise habits. Once they are in the stable and structured environment of the Chrysalis Center, they have noticeable and unhealthy weight gains. “One of the challenges facing families and children today is the lack of appropriate nutritional knowledge which can lead to poor eating habits,” commented Florence Rotary Club President-Elect Jill Lewis. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Florence Rotary Club to make a significant difference with families and children by helping them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and give them the best opportunity to live happy and productive lives.”

Funding provided by the Florence Rotary Club will enable the Chrysalis Center to secure the services of a registered dietician to provide nutrition education classes to the residents, assist with the purchase of healthy foods and the development of healthy menus. Most importantly this resource will enable the mothers to develop nutritional skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their children once they have successfully completed the program and re-enter the community.

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