Apr 202018

The Florence West Rotary Club recently donated 80 “Welcome Baskets” to the women entering
the Chrysalis Center residential facility. This was part of a South Carolina Rotary District 7770
sponsored grant initiative to address a critical need in local communities. Mothers suffering
from substance use disorders and seeking treatment were identified by Florence West
Rotarians as a most critical and underserved population in our community.

To assist the mothers, club members purchased sturdy carry baskets and an assortment of
essential items such as towels, washcloths, detergent, soap, lotions, shampoo, stationary and
other personal items. As part of a weekly club meeting, members assembled and filled the
baskets and delivered them to the Chrysalis Center.

The Chrysalis Center is a unique sixteen bed residential facility for mothers suffering from
substance abuse disorders. It allows women to bring up to two of their children under the age
of 10 to reside with them on-site during services, and depending on their eligibility criteria, stay
for up to 90 – 120 days. The program provides on-site individual and group counseling, daycare
and medical services as well as providing an array of life skills developmental classes.

Sheryl Love, Florence West Rotary president, shared” We were thrilled to have an opportunity
to help the women and their children entering the Chrysalis Center. In times such as these
when our communities are experiencing such high rates of prescription and other drug misuse,
being a part of assisting mothers to enter treatment and obtain a successful recovery is most
rewarding. This project allows us to directly help mothers and their children while also
strengthening their families and futures.”

Robin Murphy, Supervisor of Residential Services at the Chrysalis Center shared “We are most
appreciative to receive the support of the Florence West Rotarians. Many of our women and
children being admitted for services arrive with little if any belongings. This adds to their
challenges of initiating and adjusting to treatment services in a structured environment and
unfortunately can lead to them leaving in the first few weeks. If we can assist them to make it
through the first couple of weeks, then their chance of a successful recovery greatly increases.
The welcome baskets are a great resource of meeting their personal needs early in their
admission and supporting them in continuing their treatment services. We have already seen
the baskets make a positive impact in a short period of time.”

Love added, “The Florence Rotary West Club and the Chrysalis Center share a common mission,
to improve the quality of life for the greater Florence community and its residents. This
particular project gave our club members an opportunity to support a most deserving part of
our community in a hands on way and experience “Service above Self”. Being able to make a
positive difference in the lives of families and improving what the future of our community
holds for all of us is what Rotary is all about!”

For more information about the Florence West Rotary, visit
www.facebook.com/FlorenceWestRotary and for the Chrysalis Center visit www.CirclePark.com

















Sheryl Love (left) and Emery Dewitt  of the Florence West Rotary Club display some of the welcome baskets delivered to the Chrysalis Center

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