“It is more blessed to give than to receive” declared Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President as she handed over the College’s donation to Ade’s Place on behalf of the CFBC students, faculty and staff on March 2, 2020.
Director at Ade’s Place Ms. LaToya Merchant, expressed her gratitude for the donated goods. Ms. Merchant went on to explain that Ade’s Place is a safe haven for individuals who are differently abled. A place where they can be themselves. She emphasized that they are not disabled, as they are talented in many areas. Dr. Austin concurred as she marveled at the crafts, including cloth rugs, crochet bags and string art, that the members of Ade’s Place had created. She voiced that CFBC aims to be responsive to the needs of the community and that she was pleased that CFBC was able to provide them with the items they really needed such as cleaning supplies, arts and crafts, tools and tableware.
Ade’s Place is a day center financed in part by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, which provides day to day skills training for ‘differently abled’ adults in St. Kitts. Their mission is to provide a safe and secure place for these adults where they can develop to their fullest potential. Ade’s Place allows the attendees the opportunity to grow and evolve holistically as they learn cultural crafts, engage in water therapy and work three days per week at businesses such as the Craft House, Karibhana, Law’s Bookstore and as landscapers.
In the pursuit of excellence, CFBC aims to continue initiatives such as these as we strive to be a positive catalyst for outreach and philanthropy in our community and the Federation on a whole.