Mount Saint John gets funds for supplies

DEEP RIVER — Mount Saint John received $3,896 from the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The money was awarded to aid in the organizations efforts to provide materials for the facility’s vocational enrichment programs.

“The funds will help us reach our goal,” Doug DeCerbo, Mount Saint John’s executive director said.

Mount Saint John, established in 1907, is a residential treatment and educational facility for young men between the ages of 13 and 18. Its’ goal is to provide a safe homelike environment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a focus on clinical treatment, education, work and social skills.

“We want to teach them skills that will help them return to their communities confident and ready for success,” DeCerbo said.

DeCerbo is excited about the grant.

“The money will help us provide some good opportunities for our young boys,” he said.

Ronald McDonald House Charities looks for nonprofit organizations that help children of all ages, Sarah Melnitsky, account supervisor at Ronald McDonald Charities, said.

“This place, Mount Saint John, has done, and continues to do a wonderful job supporting young trouble boys,” she said.

The staff at Mount Saint John’s sat down to prepare a proposal for the grant. DeCerbo said they did research to figure out what supplies they needed to provide a better learning environment for the students.

“Our research helped us prepare a great proposal and helped us get enough money to cover all of our expenses,” DeCerbo saidThe money will be used to purchase headphones, music books, woodshop supplies, computers, camera, etc.

“All the things needed to enhance our vocational program to give students the skills they need to return to the community,” DeCerbo said.

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