Tinton Falls Rotary Honors Sr. Carol Beairsto

Tinton Falls Rotary Honors Sr. Carol Beairsto
Posted on 08/15/2018
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“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”
--Lucy Larcom

Last year, the local Rotary district charged each Rotarian with the goal of planting a tree. Accepting this challenge was Kerry Fiasconaro and Tonie Malone, two Tinton Falls Rotarians and supporters of Collier Youth Services. Through the generous donation from Guaranteed Landscaping, they planted a gorgeous Blue Spruce in the front yard of Collier Group Home in the fall of 2017.

On the sunny morning of August 14th, the Tinton Falls Rotary stopped by to officially dedicate this tree in honor of Sr. Carol Beairsto, Good Shepherd Sister and former Collier Executive Director who was instrumental in purchasing this beautiful home.  “Tonie and I loved and admired Sr. Carol,” stated Kerry. She continued, “we wanted to dedicate the tree to Sr. Carol due to her commitment and love she provided to the residents.”

Tinton Falls Rotary Tree DedicationSr. Debbie Drago, Executive Director of Collier Youth Services started off the dedication with a blessing citing parallels between the tree and Sr. Carol’s pursuance of not letting one child be lost in the chaos of their time. “May those in need of shelter find in its shade a refreshing refuge. May it give to all who look upon it the gift of life-renewing beauty.” It is hard to not find symbolisms of a Blue Spruce that do not apply to Sr. Carol—strong, generous, faithful, grounded, and persistent. And just like the Collier Group Home and Collier House, this tree will be called “home” to many creatures, and will be admired for years to come by future residents.

Sr. Debbie acknowledged the longstanding generosity and support of the Tinton Falls Rotary and talked about Tonie Malone’s long history and friendship with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and her personal support of the mission of Collier for close to 40 years.

Since 1973, Collier Group Home in Red Bank, NJ has been a safe haven for adolescent girls between the ages of 13-18 who are unable to live in their own homes due to significant and longstanding personal or family hardships and challenges. The girls live together in a warm, attractive setting where they interact with each other and supportive adults. Staffed twenty-four hours a day by professional counselors, the residence provides a stable and affirming environment in which girls prepare to return to their families.

In 2007, Collier House opened to address the needs of young women at risk of becoming homeless and who were in desperate need of safe housing and counseling, many of whom had experienced foster care. Home to five young women between the ages of 16-21, Collier House is staffed twenty-four hours a day by professional counselors. Through support, validation, compassion, and understanding, counselors help each resident work towards their goal of independent living or reunification with their families.

Sr. Carol Beairsto played an instrumental role in both the Collier Group Home and Collier House histories. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the young lives that pass through Collier Group Home and Collier House had a secure, safe, loving, and peaceful place to call home. Sr. Carol sadly passed away in April of 2017. As a lasting tribute to Sr. Carol’s tenacity and concern for the young girls in need, Collier Youth Services created the Sr. Carol Beairsto Residency Fund in memory of this amazing woman, leader, and sister. This fund will continue to pave the way for our young people, that they may receive the support, services and education needed to ensure a healthy and bright future.  

To make a donation to the Sr. Carol Beairsto Residency Fund, visit www.collieryouthservices.org/Residency or contact Russell Gartz, Director of Development at 732-946-4771 x130 or rgartz@collieryouthservices.org.

To learn more about the Collier Youth Services Residential Programs, visit our website, www.collieryouthservices.org, or contact Maureen Kale, Director of Residential Programs, at 732-842-8337 or mkale@collieryouthservices.org.