The Common Thread Circle of Volunteers

Monarch Community Partners:

The Common Thread Circle of volunteers is a community partner of The Monarch School. For nearly five years, the sewing group has come to the Monarch campus to works with Transition Services Learners to make hearts that are given to cancer patients at area hospitals. 
The Common Thread Circle of volunteers provide Houston area hospital patients with comforting handcrafted items such as pillows in shapes of large and small hearts.  The large hearts are useful as a cough pillow during respiration therapy for patients following heart surgery as well as other surgeries.  Also, breast cancer patients use them to protect their ports. The stuffed toys or “critters” and knitted bears are given to hospitalized children. Common Thread Circle knitters and crocheters make lovely scarves, hats, and shawls for both adults and children. Blankets and tote bags are helpful during the patient’s stay.  The “therapy dolls” prepare children for their treatments.  The Common Thread Circle is affiliated with Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.

The Common Thread Circle Partnership

How It All Started
The Common Thread Circle has a wonderful partnership with the Monarch School in Spring Branch.  The Voyager Group students assist our Circle with stuffing and closing our comforting heart-shaped pillows.  These pillows and other handcrafted items are distributed to patients in 14 area hospitals. We were first introduced to the school in December, 2011 at the Starbucks in the Town and Country Center during their Christmas open house. Charles Peirsol, the store’s manager, along with Jean Manning, Starbuck’s District Manager, introduced Adrienne Thorpe, the Volunteer coordinator for Monarch to some of our members.

The young adults in the Voyager class began working on projects for The Common Thread at their school in December.  

We followed up in March, 2012 with a tour of the school.  A group of Common Thread members along with the Voyager class, worked together to stuff and close pillows.  We were so pleased when Jean Manning suggested that we invite the class to join us for one of our Tuesday UMW Circle meetings at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.  The Voyager Class also participates yearly at the MDUMC UMW annual fund raiser Hearts and Hands. They sell items that they make during the year.

Since 2011 we have met with the Voyager Group (now called Transition Services Learners) at least twice a year at both our Circle meetings and at the school.

We always look forward to the times we have together.  We have gotten to know the students well and always enjoy hearing about their latest accomplishments.

We thank Dr. Debrah Hall, Robin Rettie, Kipp Baxter, the staff and especially the TS Learners for continuing our partnership with Monarch.

Thanks for all you do!

Lenore Alfredson

The Common Thread Circle

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