Wildwood — More than 20 local families received a special surprise when Cape Assist staff delivered Easter baskets to their homes on April 1.
Forty baskets were filled with candy, crafts, and $50 ShopRite gift cards and were delivered to children and families that Cape Assist currently works with through their programs such as the KARE afterschool program, the Strengthening Families program, and its Counseling program.
These gift baskets were made possible thanks to a $1,000 donation from the Greg DiAntonio Memorial Fund.
“We are so thankful to Kreni and Pat DiAntonio who continue to support our programs and services,” said Executive Director Katie Faldetta. “The impact makes such a difference in so many lives, and those we help are so appreciative.”
“The Greg DiAntonio Foundation has been limited this year with what we can do due to lack of funds usually generated from our annual Reggae Fest. However, we want to continue to support Cape Assist’s programs and families in whatever way we can,” said Kreni DiAntonio. “This past year has been difficult for everyone but especially for families and individuals struggling with other challenges. We are grateful we can lessen their burden if even in a small way.”
The Greg DiAntonio Memorial was named after Pat and Kreni DiAntonio’s son, who lost his battle with substance abuse. The nonprofit organization focuses on two distinct areas: substance abuse awareness and education. They also offer resources, education and recovery options to families and those struggling; host substance abuse education seminars; purchase gym memberships for those in recovery; and provide rental assistance to individuals in sober living houses.
The Kids Art Resource and Education Center program is for children in kindergarten through first grade and focuses on developing the personal and social skills necessary to make informed choices in life.
The Strengthening Families program is a multi-session program for families who want to improve their family dynamics in several areas including communication, discipline strategies, limit setting and more.
Cape Assist’s Counseling Program uses a client-centered approach and treats the whole individual — body, mind and spirit. Counselors meet the individual where he/she is in the treatment process and develop individualized programs to best elicit positive change.