Mission: Our mission is to bring faith and creativity together in programs that support community wellness and enhance individual and family crisis recovery efforts by:
Drawing diverse populations together to effect positive change;
Building innovative bridges to individual and family crisis-recovery;
Nurturing the raw creative talents of all ages
Revitalizing health, commerce, and arts in our communities;
Engendering economic development and enhanced employment opportunities;
Promoting faith in God as a contributor to health and wellness in human life.
Results: We spent a lot of time this year fundraising to secure new facilities to increase capacity for service delivery
Target demographics: Low-to-moderate income individuals and families recovering from crisis
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our programs directly benefited 970 individuals last year
Geographic areas served: State Of Connecticut
Programs: *Red Truck Services --provides job training and specialized sanitation, safety, organizing, and relocation services to low-income, at-risk families with barriers to traditional sanitation and organizing solutions
*Writers Out Loud! --monthly community open-mic presenting richly diverse sharing of cross-cultural story
*Walkabout Outreach --weekly community outreach to interact with neighbors and businesses, building rapport, learning about needs and strengths, sharing about available resources
*Speakers’ Bureau --pool of individual speakers, peer and professional, providing information and education about about psychosocial crises experiences and resources
*191914.COM --interactive web site providing public information and eduction resources
*YouthARTS Studios --- recreational art groups for at-risk youth (ages 6-17)
*Emerging Artist Development Series -- interdisciplinary art groups for at-risk adults.
*Dream Capture Groups --10-week seminars for streamlining the pathway to individual life goals
*Bridges to Recovery: Books & Gifts --books, art, and gift shop featuring unique writings, artwork, crafts created by 191914 artists.
*Ready for the World Teens(RTWF) --interactive teen workshops providing enhanced self-image and life skills education to at-risk teens (age 13-17)
*Better Parenting --facilitated parenting groups to help psycho-socially challenged parents-at-risk build better parenting and coping skills
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this oraganization has done tremendous work to promote my work, landing me in the local paper 4 times, and giving me encouragement and support to prove to myself that I am a valuable writer and bring thoughtful stories much to the listening community. cocomo has shown not only his strong faith in god, but his strong faith in us as well, proving to us that we like his namesake are like a rock.
I guess I'm biased, really -- but I hope it's in a good way. You see, I am the founder of this organization, and its board, volunteers, clients, and donors never cease to amaze me. Everyone of them gives until they can feel the burn, and they relish with gusto the growth (personal, community, and neighbor-to-neighbor) they get from their commitment, their faith, in action. Truly, I have never witnessed so few accomplish so much in the lives of so many. Every day, I am ever more grateful to have been blessed to be a spark. Grateful for the blessing of my opportunities to be a conduit for connecting my brothers and sisters in the human family to the physical, spiritual, emotional, and creative resources they need to live in wellness and joy.