October Newsletter

Updates from Barbara and David

Barbara - Gilly’s House has become a reality. Our house for recovery of men struggling with addiction has also become a house of healing for so many who have lost loved ones and are care takers for those who struggle. More than 300 individuals, school groups, companies, faith communities and neighbors, friends and strangers and the Wrentham District Court House (including the presiding Judge) have come forth to help scrape 50 year old wallpaper, paint, lay flooring, landscape, do carpentry work, move furniture, arrange furniture, paint furniture, run errands, hang pictures, purchase gift cards, I could go on. Then there are the many, many companies who donated services and products. Our house has a positive upbeat spirit. All of us working at the house have taken this tragedy, this horrible epidemic and brought something positive out of it. Gilly’s House represents the best of our community.

David - Improvements: The interior of Gilly's is nearing completion. All of the rooms are either completed or have been spoken for. If you have not visited lately I think you will be amazed at how beautifully it has turned out. The fence along the entrance driveway has been installed thanks to Boy Scout, Tristan Stephani. We have begun work on the Memorial/ Contemplation/ Serenity Garden. This will be a place where the guys can sit, listen to the sound of running water and look at the flowers. It will also give them a sense of peace and calm if they are having a tough day. The garden will have a pond and waterfall, to be built next spring and a paved area with bricks engraved with the names of those who passed from this disease. More to follow on this piece