John McGorry Project C.A.R.E.
The Long Island Home has a strong commitment to promoting overall health and wellness, which is why a strong emphasis is placed on fitness and healthy life choices.
The John McGorry Project C.A.R.E. (Challenge Activities Ropes Experience) Program is an integral part of treatments for those served at The Long Island Home. It has proven so beneficial and effective that it has expanded over time to also serve our staff and others throughout the Long Island region. Among the most popular programs is the summer camp adventure experience attended by children within our community. In 2011, more than 144 youths attended the four one-week summer programs. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Project C.A.R.E. Program provided 41 of these attendees with a full or partial scholarship to the Program and extended a discount to 49 additional families.
Seasonal changes and inclement weather have been a challenge when it comes to maintaining a consistent schedule in the Project C.A.R.E. Program. Our fundraising initiatives in 2011 generated the capital needed to expand the program into our gymnasium facility so that year-round therapeutic activities can benefit those we serve and other community participants. This expansion is well underway and is slated for completion during the first quarter of 2012. The innovative indoor course will feature challenging high elements, a horizontal rock-climbing wall, new basketball backboards, improved lighting and necessary renovations to the ceiling.
Community organizations and private businesses have also appreciated the value of our C.A.R.E. initiative. Our Program is more effective than other team building exercises because it provides a unique combination of experiential, interpersonal and group activities that strengthen relationships, enhance self-esteem, inspire confidence, and build trust. During 2011, more than 35 groups representing local companies, school districts and civic associations attended our Corporate C.A.R.E. Program.
The Long Island Home has its own state-of-the-art Fitness Center that serves an essential role in the physical wellbeing of those we serve and our staff. Clinical data has shown exercise provides a marked decrease in the symptoms of depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, an increase in self-esteem, and quicker recovery from psychosocial stress. The Fitness Center was improved during 2011 with new cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, semi-recumbent bikes, cross-trainers and upper/lower body ergometers.