Shore House is a family. Not all of our members have other family or are on good terms with their families outside of Shore House. Therefore, it is very important that we celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas on the actual days. In my opinion, if there is only one member who would have nowhere else to go this Christmas, that would be reason enough to have our annual celebration.
This time of year can be very difficult and depressing—especially if you have a mental illness to begin with. Feeling isolated while others bask in the warmth of family and friends doesn’t help.
One of the main reasons Shore House celebrates holidays is to provide members with a positive alternative to isolation. We at Shore House promote unity and camaraderie during the holidays as well as during the rest of the year. We invite members to celebrate with us so no one has to be alone during times where people come together and enjoy each other’s company. Holidays are an important time for individuals to connect with one another and enjoy the festivities each holiday brings.
Spending holidays with each other also serves to increase socialization amongst members, staff, interns and board members. The holidays are times where we unwind with each other and strengthen the bond that we have created. This is a priceless gift better than anything that can be bought in a store.
Shore House wishes everyone happy holidays!
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.