Dear Collier Friend,

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Collier CARES fund to help us offset the ongoing costs related to COVID-19. As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, it is vital that the progress our youth have made does not come to a stop. Please consider making a donation today so that small miracles can still happen.

Donate to the Collier CARES Fund Today!

We are officially in the month of May--a month celebrating mothers, spring is in full-force, and summer is around the corner. But more importantly, May is Mental Health Awareness month.

Since 1927, Collier has been in the business of helping break the stigma of mental health illnesses and provide our youth with the tools they need to overcome their adversities to lead productive and successful lives. Each year, millions of Americans live with a mental illness, but because of the negative stigma surrounding mental health, many believe they are alone. This is why at Collier our youth thrive! 

At Collier School, our students are among peers who struggle with similar issues. They see firsthand that they are not alone--that there are others like them who need extra time on tests, who struggle with anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, depression, and school avoidance or phobia. They learn that it is ok to be different, it’s ok to ask for help, and it’s ok to talk about their mental health. Collier School fosters an environment of openness while providing therapeutic support so that each student has the skills they need to go onto 2 or 4-year colleges, obtain and maintain employment, and lead, happy, healthy lives.

The Collier Residential Program is no different. At both Collier Group Home and Collier House, each resident arrives with significant trauma resulting from years of abuse, neglect, living in severe poverty, and the loss of loved ones. As a result of this trauma, many suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation. And just like the students in Collier School, they see they are not alone, and that there are others like them who can empathize with them, and can relate to their struggles. Together, with the help of our dedicated staff, each resident works toward healing so that they can go on to live independently or reunite with their families.

And things are no different at Kateri Day Camp. Every summer, Kateri is home to over 200 low-income Monmouth County youth--youth who, if not for Kateri could fall victim to the streets. But thanks to Kateri, they are given an opportunity to play, build positive relationships, and grow in a nurturing environment. Each camper learns to respect themselves and others. They work diligently with camp staff to maintain their literacy skills so that they do not fall behind over the summer months. They build their confidence by learning new skills such as swimming and explore new surroundings. Kateri provides them with the stepping stones to a successful future. 

None of our programs would be possible without your support. Every spring, Collier hosts its Annual Gala--our signature event to raise the crucial funds to keep our programs running throughout the year. This year, we had to cancel our traditional Gala due to COVID, and are pivoting to a virtual event on June 11th from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM. The Gala may be canceled, but our programs are still running! We hope you will join us and support the great work we do! Please stay tuned for more information about this event!

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