Harmony Station


Harmony Station is a mock subway station in the lower level of our Danbury Child Guidance Center. It contains a subway car play space and five shops: The Cozy Ski Chalet, Pick N Play Game Shop, Good Sports, Positive Space Art Shop and the What’s Up Newsstand. All of the items in these shops are new and free to our children and their families. They are donated by groups or individuals who host drives or funded by friends and supporters.

Harmony Station was developed as an incentive program to reduce no-show rates and encourage our kids to attend their sessions regularly, to talk about difficult subjects and to reward them for doing the hard work of healing.

Like learning any new skill, learning the skills and techniques needed to manage or recover from mental illness or trauma requires regular practice. That means our kids need to attend therapy regularly in order to learn to manage their symptoms and behaviors so they can improve and heal.

The children receive a Harmony Station metro card to track attendance. After 5 appointments they turn in their metro ticket for a Golden Ticket which can be redeemed for any item in the shops at monthly events.

The shops in Harmony Station also help to meet some of the year-round basic needs of our families  in a fun, dignified and empowering manner. Over 90% of the children we treat are on Husky insurance. This means they meet federal poverty guidelines.

New, free, coats, pajamas, boots, hats, gloves, school supplies and back packs are always available. The children can choose the exact color, size and style they like themselves. For some, this may be the first new coat or back pack they have ever had.

All of the children are encouraged to take a book from the Newsstand. Siblings are welcome to join in the fun and can choose a book and a pair of pajamas as well. We give out about 70 books each month through the Newsstand.

Close to 100 items are given out from Harmony Station each month, half or more of which are sporting goods and games.

Now Departing... The Lexi Express!

 

The Lexi Express is the name for the mock subway car play space. It was named after one of the children in our group homes who was very fast and very loved.

The Lexi Express has real subway car features like leather hand holds over head, advertising signage on the walls, bench seating and a “Mind the Gap" sticker marking the doorway to the car.  Kids can pretend to drive it and use the faux controls in the front cabin. Out the front widow of the subway car you can see a glow in the dark mural depicting the lights of another subway car above a piece of a real subway track.

The whoosh of doors opening and closing, passengers footsteps rushing to catch the next car, and subway cars arriving and departing are heard in the background thanks to the motion activated soundtrack playing overhead.

The Good Sport Shop

 

The Good Sport Shop is our most popular store. The Good Sport Shop is intended to encourage physical and recreational activity during all seasons. The majority of items we give out each month come from the Good Sport Shop with the most popular items being soccer balls, basketballs and hobby horses!

Like the other Harmony Station shops, all the items in the Good Sport Shop are new, with the exception of bicycles. Gently used bicycles are accepted. Safety equipment is also provided when needed. 

Items needed to keep the Good Sport Shop stocked are:

Basketballs
Soccer Balls
Baseballs
Footballs
Volleyballs
Softballs
Ride-On Toys
Flying Disks
Golf Sets
Skateboards
Hoops
Ribbon Dancers
Hobby Horses

Hockey Sticks
Goals
Bases
Jump ropes
Skip Its
Batons
Bowling sets
Ball pits
Styrofoam Airplanes
Chinese Jump Ropes
Tennis Racquets
Tennis Balls
Ping Pong Sets

Beach Balls
Helmets
Padding
Safety Cones
Bouncy Balls
Basketball Hoops
Jumping Games
Bean Bag Toss
Volleyball Net
Badminton
Catch and Toss Games
Soccer Nets
Bicycles

What’s Up Newsstand


All subway stations have a newsstand and ours is no exception! The What’s Up Newsstand hosts a wide selection of new and gently used books to appeal to children of all ages. From picture books to anime, we try to stock it all. Every child is encouraged to take a book and so are they're siblings!

We give out up to1,200 backpacks at back-to-school time. School supplies and back packs are also free, and are available year round to help replenish these essential learning supplies for our families in financial need.

Items needed to keep the Newsstand stocked are:

Children’s Books
Teen Books
Picture Books
Easy Readers
Journals
Joke Books
Kids Cookbooks
Cartoon/TV Characters Books

Books in Spanish
Comic Books/Anime
Sci-fi/Thriller Series
LEGO Books
Read to Me books


Back Packs
Notebooks
Notebook Paper
Pens
Pencils
Rulers
Pencil Pouches
Pencil Sharpeners

Cozy Ski Chalet


The Cozy Ski Chalet provides new, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and other winter wear items for our children in the winter, and swimsuits, towels and other items needed for camp during the summer. The Ski Chalet allows us to meet basic needs like warm clothing in a dignified and empowering manner.

Kids love the Ski Chalet because they get to choose their own items in whatever color and style they like! In 2015 we distributed over 300 new coats (as well as several hundred used coats outside of the Cozy Ski Chalet.)

The sizes we need most are older adolescent, teen and young adult sizes. Items needed to keep the Ski Chalet stocked are:

Winter Items
Boots
Coats
Gloves/Mittens
Hats
Socks
Pajamas
Scarves
Snow Pants/Snow Suits

Summer Items
Boys Swim Trunks
One Piece Girls Swimsuits
Towels
Basketball Shorts
T-Shirts
Sneakers
Sandals

 

Pick N Play Shop



Our Pick N Play Shop provides new board games, card games and puzzles for the children we treat. These activities are meant to encourage positive, fun, family and peer social interactions. A small amount of stuffed animals are also available in the Pick N Play Shop. We give out about 40 games per month.

Any new board game, card game or puzzle is welcome. Especially popular are:

Jenga
Candyland
Sorry!
LEGO Games

Trouble
UNO
Decks of Cards
Life

Chutes and Ladders
Apples to Apples
Large Floor Puzzles
Connect Four

The Positive Space Art Shop


The Positive Space Art Store offers arts & craft supplies, coloring books, and items that encourage creativity and self expression. Favorite items include paint kits, craft kits and adult design coloring books, but anything used to create and express is welcome!

Items needed to stock the art store are:

Acrylic Paints
Anime Kits
Canvases
Clay
Colored Duct Tapes
Colored Paper
Colored Pencils
Coloring Books
Comic Book Kits
Craft Kits
Craft Supplies
Crayons
Diaries
Drawing Pads
Easels
Embroidery Floss

Erasers
Glitter
Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes
How-To Books
Jewelry Kits
Journals
Knitting Kits
Markers
Models to Build
Modge Podge
Paintbrushes
Paper Punches
Pastels
Pencils
Pipe Cleaners

Pom Poms
Poster Board
Poster Paint
Safety Scissors
Scotch Tape
Scrapbooking Supplies
Sequins
Sewing Kits
Sharpies
Stickers
Tempera Paint
Washi Tape
Water Colors
White Glue
Yarn

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