Kathryn Olivia was our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend. Smart and funny, she was loved every day of her life. She felt free when she was hooping; watching her was mesmerizing.
On December 3, 2016, Katie lost her fight with addiction. She was just 20 years old.
Katie wanted to be a recovery coach and was starting the first steps towards this goal when she slipped in her own recovery and was cruelly taken from us. We hope she would be proud that we created Project Katie.
(hoop photo above by Nick Webster)
In our grief, we are dedicated to supporting community based behavioral health treatment agencies such as Serenity Place, in coordination with Safe Station, an initiative of the Manchester, NH, Fire Department, that offer 24/7 support for addicts wishing treatment.
Often people arrive with just the clothes on their backs. We seek to provide a little dignity through the donation of hygiene and toiletry products to Serenity Place. These donations come from our amazing friends and family.
"Since 1973, New Horizons has worked to assist low income persons to address the social issues facing them. Today we’re an adult homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and Angie's Shelter for Women."
THANK YOU to the teachers at Smyth and also to an angel friend of Jen's.
If you would like to donate, please use the form below and we will send you the shipping address.
Questions? Please let us know!
The bags were filled with items that clients need immediately. We were able to fill 120 bags. All had the "Project Katie" sticker.
This is amazing. We had over 7000 items for our first project. Besides the "go bags", we were able to give lots of extra hygiene products.
Finding a reason to smile in the face of grief: Love.
Dad and the boys inspecting the equipment.
Serenity Place was thrilled with and grateful for your donations. They depend on the generosity of people like you for hygiene products, underwear and socks, and even food for their clients.
We hope Katie would be proud.
Katie with her LED hoop in November 2016.
SafeLaunch was created to educate and prevent drug use by our youth. Please visit their website for more information. At 1:16 on the video, Katie's name is visible, permanently affixed below the wing, flying high.