Bright Hope at Civitan Cottage

Civitan Cottage is our “first” cottage. Always the vanguard, it led the way in innovations and advancements in childcare here at Boys and Girls Homes. This is why we are thrilled to announce that, once more, Civitan Cottage is doing something new. Or, more accurately, maintaining something from deep within our history.

Civitan Cottage is now the home of our newest service, Bright Hope. Bright Hope is an opportunity for B&GH to care for up to 8 children ages 6 through 10 whose parents are enrolled in a nearby 16-52 week substance abuse recovery program. In a partnership with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center and the Governor’s Crime Commission, we are able to provide free residential and therapeutic services to privately placed children while their parents receive the treatment they desperately need. In the cottage, two married couples will alternate fulfilling the duties of “House Parents,” with one part-time support person offering assistance.

Evidence reveals that children are at higher risk of victimization and trauma if one or both of their parents have a substance abuse problem. Entering a recovery program with no trusted childcare options leaves children at an even greater risk. It is also evident that wholeness is far more likely for the family in which all members are a part of the recovery process. To this end Bright Hope will utilize the Celebrating Families curriculum which is designed to bring healing and hope to families in which one or both parents struggle with addiction.

The Civitan Cottage will continue to be a home. It will be a home where family styled care, love, and support are offered from well trained House Parents. It will also be a home open to your involvement. There will certainly be the need for volunteers and encouragement from the community and our many Civitan partners. Likewise, as we work to make the cottage even more “homey,” we value your partnership! We hope also that you will find opportunities to be in the cottage in direct ways once the pandemic lessens and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. At that time, perhaps you’d like to bring and share a meal with the kids, or help them with homework. You may want to come and read them a story or organize an outing. As we soften the look of the cottage there will be opportunities for you to help deepen the home-look atmosphere to ensure that the Civitan Cottage is a warm and comfortable place for precious children. Our goal is to have the cottage transformed and staffed in time to welcome its first children for Christmas at Lake Waccamaw!

If you would like a club presentation or to learn more about how you and your club can get involved with Bright Hope at Civitan Cottage, please contact our Director of Civic Club Relations, Dr. Mason Fuller Smith, by phone (910-646-2241) or email (mason.smith@bghnc.org).

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