Girl Scout donates to OCO Arbor House

Sophrona MacDonald (seated left), a freshman at Hannibal High School and member of Hannibal Girl Scout Troup -10704 presents representatives from Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) with baskets for residents of OCO’s Arbor House. MacDonald and her friends put together gift baskets filled with hygiene products and art supplies for each of Arbor House’s 16 residents. Pictured with MacDonald are Director of OCO Behavioral Services Elizabeth Thompson (seated right) and standing from left OCO Planning Coordinator Kristin Labarge, and OCO Deputy Director Patrick Waite.

FULTON – When Sophrona MacDonald, a member of Hannibal Girl Scout Troop -10704 was looking for a project that would help her achieve the Silver Award she knew she wanted to do a project that would positively impact others. Upon visiting Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) website she was impressed with the Arbor House and the work that it does to help individuals in recovery from substance abuse disorders. MacDonald decided to put together a gift basket for each of Arbor House’s 16 residents. The baskets were filled with a variety of hygiene products, art supplies, and even a snack. She also recruited her friends to write a personalized note card for each basket letting residents know that they support them and are wishing them well.

“We were pleasantly surprised when Sophrona contacted us and told us about her project,” said Director of OCO Behavioral Health Services Beth Thompson. “We greatly appreciate the effort that Sophrona put into this project. It is a very inspirational gesture. Our residents will be thrilled to receive their baskets.”

Established in 1987, OCO’s Arbor House offers 24 hour/seven day per week supervision for 16 adults in a warm and inviting home-like environment. Licensed by OASAS, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Arbor House is located in the countryside of western Oswego County a few miles west of the city of Oswego. For more information about Arbor House visit oco.org.

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