About the Solnit Center-North
As a facility of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the Solnit Center-North provides brief treatment, residential care and educational instruction for abused and neglected children between the ages of six and 18. Children come to the facility from all over the state. The Solnit Center-North, (Formerly the Connecticut Children's Place, and before that it was known as the State Receiving Home), began as an orphanage in the 1880's and is the only facility of its kind in Connecticut.
- Approximately 42 children are in residence.
- Most are 10 to 16 years old; average age is 14.
- Many wear large clothes: Adult sizes L, XL or XXL.
- Most children stay about three months.
- About 200 children stay at the facility each year.
- Donations from individuals, community organizations and businesses play an important part in meeting the growing needs of our children.
- Donations are tax deductible. (Internal Revenue Services Codes, Sec. 170)
- Donations should NOT be gift-wrapped.
- Holiday gifts are most helpful if received by Dec. 15.
- Donations may be brought to the facility anytime, seven days a week.
- Cash donations may be made to the Children's Welfare Fund.
Childhood Memory Makers
- diaries w/ keys
- blank books for journals
- scrap books
- photo albums
- photo frames
- cameras w/ flash, disposable or multiple use
- gift certifcates for photo processing
- craft prject books
- how-to-draw books
- poster paint
- watercolor paint in tubes
- acrylic paint
- drawing paper
- watercolor paper, large sizes
- construction paper
- fluorescent 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper
- craft supplies/ kits
- jewelry-making supplies; beads
- gift certificates for art materials
- CD boom boxes or IPODS;
- CD's (PG-rated lyrics); I-Tunes gift certificates
- videos, suitable for young teens, rated G or PG-13
- blank tapes: video or audio
- Sony Playstation games & controllers (nonviolent)
- certificates for movie tickets or video rentals
- certificates for fast food meals
- jeans; anything made of denim
- athletic clothes & socks
- clothes with sports team logos
- sweatshirts & T-shirts, adult sizes L, XL or XXL
- Disney & other cartoon-related clothing & memorabilia
- gift certificates for sneakers
- sneaker laces and polish
- gift certificates for clothing
- fiction and nonfiction; easy reader to best sellers
- books geared toward African American and Latino teenagers
- bilingual books in Spanish and English
- Harry Potter books
- Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and Matt Christopher books
- Goosebumps, Animorphs and other series books
- picture books about animals, sports or music
- how-to-draw books and craft project books
- poetry books (primary/secondary)
- biographies, especially of persons of color
- career books
- dictionaries for children/youths; current almanacs
- magazine subscriptions
- gift certificates for books
- IBM educational software, CD or disk
- gift certificates for software
- musical instruments i.e. recorders, tambourines, percussion instruments
- tapes of instrumental music, relaxation music
- gift certificates for music
- bike helmets
- sports equipment: basket balls, pool cues, ping pong paddles, footballs, soccer balls, etc.
- sports cards & card albums
- fishing poles and gear
- roller skates, ice skates: women's and men's sizes
- sporting event tickets
- yo-yo's, especially ones with a "brain"
- model car kits
- computer games, hand-held
- Lego kits
- remote control cars
- miniature dollhouses
- Nerf balls & games
- match-box cars
- stuffed animals
- chess, checkers
- playing cards
- board games, examples: Connect Four, UNO, Boggle, Gestures, Sorry, Aggravation, Taboo, Scattergories
Health & Beauty
- colognes, perfumes and after shaves
- hygiene supplies
- shampoo, conditioner, gels, hair spray
- make-up: lipstick, eye make-up, blush
- manicure supplies: nail polish, nail tips, fake nails
- cosmetic cases
- hair dryers, curling irons
- gift certificates for haircuts
- gift certificates for manicures
- inexpensive watches
- wallets: nylon with velcro, leather, etc.
- duffel bags and back-packs
- costume jewelry
- pictures or posters to decorate the kids' rooms
Contribute to the Children's Welfare Fund
Donations to this fund are used solely for the benefit of the children at the Connecticut Children's Place for activities, supplies or equipment which the State of Connecticut's funds do not provide; for example field trips, excursions to the movies, or birthday trips to a fast food restaurant. Checks may be made payable to the Children's Welfare Fund and sent to the address below.
Send a Kid to Camp
Naomi W. Peck of South Windsor established the State Receiving Home (now called the CCP) Kids' Camp Fund. Since 1992, one child each year has spent a week at a camp appropriate to their needs. The children who have experienced camp have benefited greatly, and our goal is to have the resources to send several children to camp each year. Donations may be made payable to: CCP Kids' Camp Fund.
Stock the Bonus Store
The Bonus Store at the Connecticut Children's Place is part of an incentive program to reward the children for good behavior. The children earn Bonus Points for good behavior, which they can "spend" on items of their choice at the Bonus Store, located in one of the dormitories on the Connecticut Children's Place Campus. Staff and children in the work experience program operate the store. The Bonus Store depends on donations of the items above from individuals, community organizations and businesses for its stock.
Questions? click on the links below to send an e-mail message to either Wendy or Maureen
Wendy Merisotis and Maureen Rogers
Solnit Center-North Campus