Recap of the 10th Annual Picnic in the Park
September 2, 2016
On August 11th, CST staff organized our 10th Annual Picnic in the Park. 40 clients attended the afternoon event in Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park. The picnic commemorated two important holidays, World Refugee Day and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which honor the hardships and triumphs of CST clients. In particular, International Day in Support of Victim of Torture honors the Convention Against Torture. Since coming into effect 29 years ago, the Convention set a course for the eradication of torture globally. Though both holidays were in June, they inspired our annual picnic. CST clients have endured the trauma of forced migration or torture—sometimes both—before arriving in the United States. Access to treatment and rehabilitation are crucial to quality of life of CST clients. Studies have shown that survivors who receive support are better able to be productive members of the community.
Among the many services that CST provides social events like the annual picnic helps foster social connection for clients and ease their acculturation by introducing this American pastime. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments as well as family activities like BINGO, catch, and bubbles. Children in attendance also received supplies to get them off to a good start this new school year!