Compassion House looking forward to new playground, hosting A Night of Compassion on Oct. 17

Members of the social work class at Dalton State College assisted Compassion House with its new playground and landscape area by seeking out donations and volunteers. From left are Christine Brown, Myra Velasquez, Molly Helton and Emily Morris.

 

Compassion House officials announce that with a Make a Difference Day grant made available by the United Way of Northwest Georgia and the volunteer work of members of the Social Work class at Dalton State College, the organization will have a new playground and landscape area.

Compassion House is a visitation center for children in foster care and their biological families and has been in operation since 2006. Officials there have longed for a playground for the families to use and enjoy since the organization first began.

The team enlisted assistance from John Brown, landscape architect with Barge Design Solutions, who perfected a playscape design.

Make a Difference Day, United Way of Northwest Georgia, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Social Work class, consisting of Molly Helton, Emily Morris, Myra Velasquez and Christine Brown, sought out and received other cash and in-kind donations toward the project and enlisted a great amount of volunteers to help with the install.

Officials say there will be so many families and children pleased by this project and they offer thanks to all the donors and participants, and especially to United Way for providing the opportunity.

Compassion House hopes to raise enough additional funds to complete all of the landscaping, fencing and other design areas for the playscape.

More information on that will be available at "A Night of Compassion," benefiting Compassion House, on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Compassion House, 901 Chester St. in Dalton. There will be dinner and entertainment, as the Murray Arts Council presents selections from its summer production of "Junie B. Jones: A Musical."

For more information, visit accelevents.com/e/anightofcompassion or call (706) 272-2843.

Compassion House has had a lot of other things happening, such as being designated to be a site model for the family preservation pilot program with the Family First Act of Georgia.

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