We’ve written about The Castle in recent years and our readers have been quite helpful. The non-profit organization is a social center for adults with mental illness located in Centerville. It will celebrate its 20th anniversary in October.
“We serve 35 to 40 people a day,” said Debbie Lewis, the social club coordinator who plans activities for the members. “If we didn’t have The Castle, many of these individuals would be sitting around in group homes during the day or isolated in their own homes.”
Instead, members are busy with a lunch program, holiday parties, arts and crafts, exercise, games and more.
“We also do annual events and a camp each year. This year, it’s being held at Camp Stoneybrook in Waynesville from September 9-13,” Lewis said. “We’re hoping to take 30 members where they will have the opportunity to go fossil hunting, visit Bruckner Nature Center, and hike. We’ll stay for five days.”
To make this a “mini-vacation” for members, Lewis is hoping our readers will contribute the following for camp:
* Small or large juices for breakfast — cranberry, orange, and apple.
* Soda pop — diet or regular, bottles or cans.
* Bottled water — any brand, any size.
* V-8 juice, regular not low-sodium.
* Gifts for men and women such as hygiene products, sports memorabilia, scarves, perfume, accessories, socks, handkerciefs, gloves, body wash, nail clipper sets, T-shirts sizes medium to 2X, hats.
In addition, The Castle can use:
* Paper products of any kind: plates, (small and large), cups, plastic utensils, napkins.
* Gas cards for the van that transports members daily.
* Badminton set.
* Art supplies such as paper (colored and white), card stock, drawing tablets, pencils, crayons, coloring books, paint.
* Wooden kits for projects such as airplanes, bird house, any kid with pieces.
* Blank journals. “We are starting a recovery program where they learn about their illness and we need journals for them to keep,” Lewis said.
The Castle always can use cash donations for camp meals and the daily lunch programs.
“We need volunteers to come and interact with members or share their special talents,” said Lewis. “We have a lady who loves to knit and has come and taught a few of our members .”
“We’re getting ready to publish a poetry book so if someone would like to do a writing class, that would be wonderful. And it doesn’t have to be long — it can be from 15 to 30 minutes,” Lewis said.
Items can be dropped off between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays at The Castle, 133 N. Main Street in Centerville (45459).
The phone number is (937) 433-3931. Ask for Debbie. The organization’s web site is: www.FriendsAtTheCastle.com
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