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Group of people, standing and sitting, pose for photo in colorful handmade hats.
City Line residents and staff in Brooklyn show off their crazy hats.

Two residences in Brooklyn came together to celebrate the residents and the hardworking staff for Crazy Hat Day on January 17.

People supported at the residences joined staff to fashion hats that showed off their creativity, competing for first place. The themed-day is the first of several that the residence is planning for the year in hopes of increasing team-building in the program.

“It’s important to keep staff together as a team so everyone has a purpose in our programs – it makes them want to keep coming back,” said Francine Wilson, Program Director. "The day turned out really nicely and the staff enjoyed themselves and the potluck we had."

Denise Orr, a Direct Support Professional, won a gift card for best hat. Her entry looked like a brown paper bag filled with fruits and vegetables, encouraging healthy diets. Other promising entries featured the animal kingdom, botanical gardens, and one that celebrated one resident’s favorite cereal, Froot Loops.

“Having activities like these every month where both staff and residents pick the theme helps build connections and keep the relationship with the people we support strong,” said Julian Clarke, Program Supervisor.