Community Solutions, Inc. held an Open House on Friday, October 17th for Silliman/Johnson, its first Women's and Children's program through the Connecticut Department of Correction.
Guests had their first look at the Silliman and Johnson Houses, which were decorated in a fall theme for the occasion. Clients of both programs mingled with CSI staff and guests and led tours through each building.
On display were the winners of each house's pumpkin decorating contest, which was held between residents prior to the event.
Following tours and hors d'oeuvres, guests, clients, and staff gathered outside to hear opening addresses given by CSI's Chief Operating Officer Sherry Albert and Silliman/Johnson Program Director Alice Formeister.
Following Ms. Albert and Ms. Formeister, several clients volunteered to make speeches.
Ja'Keria, a Johnson House resident who lives at the program with her daughter, spoke about the value of having her child with her during the reentry process.
After the speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at each house, with clients cutting an induction ribbon to celebrate the program's inauguration.
Silliman House has been open since August 1st and provides female clients with a variety of services, including employment counseling, financial management services, and case management.
Johnson House opened on September 1st and allows children aged five and under to live with their mothers during the reentry process.
Children who do not live at the program are permitted to visit when applicable, allowing for increased family integration.