When someone makes the decision to seek help for a drug or alcohol addiction, it can be a frightening experience. Moving into a new environment, fear of the unknown, and fear of confronting past choices are huge obstacles one must overcome before entering treatment. In order to help alleviate some of this anxiety, Vinland tries to create a homelike atmosphere for our participants by placing a handmade quilt on their bed.
“We strive to make the clients feel at home and not in an institutionalized environment,” said Colleen Larson, Vinland’s operations manager. “Donated quilts are a big part of making the clients feel at home, and the quilts quickly become ‘theirs.’ Many of our clients choose to take their quilts home with them when they leave treatment.”
Last spring, Vinland completed a building expansion at its main campus in Loretto, Minnesota. Vinland grew from a 41-bed to a 61-bed residential treatment center. Our need for XL twin-size quilts is urgent.
“Making a twin-size quilt is a time commitment, and we thank every individual and group who takes the time to provide quilt donations to Vinland Center and our participants,” Larson said.
Vinland currently receives donated quilts from local church groups and individuals, but we still have an urgent need for more quilts. We estimate that we need an additional 200 quilts per year.
If you are interested in donating a quilt, please visit VinlandCenter.org/Donate/Quilts.