Collier Youth Services will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a Mass in St. Gabriel Church, 100 North Main Street, Marlboro, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Headquartered in Wickatunk, the organization’s mission is “to provide at-risk youth a chance to grow toward their potential in an environment that promotes belonging, dignity and hope.”
In 1927, the estate of Robert Collier was bequeathed his widow to the Sisters of Good religious order for the establishment of a residential school for neglected and dependent girls. In the mid-1970s, the operation changed its focus to co-educational education.
Today, Collier Youth Services offers a number of diverse programs:
Their state-approved, non-profit high school and middle schools are intended for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met within the public school system. Individual and group counselling encourages and supports social and emotional growth for all students.
The Kateri Day Camp is a 260-acre plot in Marlboro which offers more than 150 campers ages five to 13 from low-income families a seven-week program of fun and educational activities each summer.
Collier Group Home is a residence for ten teenage girls who are unable to live in their own homes due to significant and longstanding personal or family issues. The girls interact with each other and supportive adults. Professional counsellors, on-staff 24 hours a day, prepare the residents to return to their homes or independent living.
Collier House, located in Keyport, is a program for five young women, ages 18-21, who are homeless or transitioning from the foster care system. The program helps young women develop the skills they need to live healthy, self-sufficient and productive lives.
Caramore Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, brings families and friends together over natural, locally grown food while using the environment as a teaching tool for children.
The 11 a.m. Mass in St. Gabriel Church will be followed by refreshments. For further information, contact Collier Youth Services at 732-946-4771.