Clients of Unity Place know the care they receive for drug use or mental health is excellent. They also know that, beyond the care they get, the staff strives to make their experience at the Partial Care facility productive and enjoyable. The newest activity offered at Unity is the opportunity to visit and take out books from an in-house lending library Program Director Lorraine Laura proposed the idea for the library, which the took the collective effort of outreach staff Jamie Paris and Bridget Cowan and one committed client to make it a reality.
Larry is the client who has dedicated himself to grouping and alphabetizing the books in the library. He devotes all of this prevocational time to the project, which amounts to an hour every day. Larry’s fellow clients will be able to visit the library during their lunch breaks and with their case managers.
Libraries in Oceanport, Middletown and Long Branch, members of the Monmouth County Library system, have been providing the books. To donate books, please call Unity Place at 848-208-2636.
And Unity is not ignoring technological needs of the clients. They are offering computer time to hone their skills as part of a new outreach effort. Unity Place is making some of its computers available to clients.