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August 3, 2012

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August 3, 2012

When the Awakenings Project moved to Elgin, Il I became aware and involved in the work they were doing to help precious people deal with their illness and flourish. They help artists who deal with psychiatric illness in the visual arts, drama, music and writing. For me they gave me a group of people I could spend time with, network with and process my life. I am not actively involved now but the project gave me a base to help build my life on.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

When I became disabled with my bipolar disorder, I knew I wanted to pursue my interest in the arts - particularly photography. On the very first show I was able to participate in I sold two of four of my exhibited pictures. I have participated in many since and have made many new friends. I am very grateful for this outlet.

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making new friends.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the opportunities the people have to exhibit and explain their artwork.

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

Since I started attending Awakenings, Saturday is my most favorite day of the weekend. I have found a space to go to to express my art in the company of other fellow artists. I make greeting cards, including hand painted Christmas cards to my heart's content, I have lunch there and I write in my journal after everyone leaves. I have brought several of my friends to Awakenings and I am so grateful for the space to thrive in as a creative individual.

Linda Terp

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My life is enriched by having a free Art Studio to go to on a regular basis to produce art. I can socialize while I work which lifts my spirit. Also, there are periodic art showings to go to. They display my work and I can see the work of other artist, plus connect with people in the community.

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I would change nothing. It is a flexible, encouraging organization which fosters creative growth in an individual.

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

Irene and Sandy come weekly, after their regular fulltime jobs, to enthrall 4 tables of residents at our facility with their magical art group. The clients at first were hesitant as they did not believe they were "creative."
Now, they are working on projects in between sessions with Sandy and
Irene. It is the most popular group at West Chicago Terrace Intermediate Care Facility. Everyday a resident will stop me and say "when is the art group?" Thanks Irene and Sandy.

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the marked enthusiasm of the residents served

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i can't think of anything-- Mary Ragel, Psychosocial Director West Chicago Terrace, West Chicago, IL

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

Why is art important to mental health? It was a dreary January morning when I was barely able to drive myself to the hospital, my thinking was so screwed-up. I didn’t even realize it at the time, but I was extremely paranoid. So much so, that I nearly ran out of the therapist’s office in fear. But then I saw some pencil drawings of a rock and roll band on the inside of her office door. That really put me at ease; I knew the therapist could be trusted, so I stayed and got treatment. That wasn't the work of an Awakenings artist on her door, but now I continue to appreciate the artwork of others through my association with the Awakenings Project.

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Awakenings has definitely been a factor in contributing to my recovery. Not only do I experience something positive when I appreciate others' artwork, I also have a sense of belonging since I've gotten to know a lot of the people there quite well.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring in new people who can take on more leadership roles while encouraging those already there to do the same, and getting more funding so Awakenings can expand and serve more people who have mental illnesses.

November 30, 2012

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June 14, 2011

Awakenings has brought me from a sheltered state to one that I can communicate freely with other like minded individuals. The shows we have are great to show off the fine arts side of the Project. more

November 30, 2012

The Awakrnngs Project has meant so very much to me. Coming out of partial brain removal in 2003 , I was quite reserved to say say the least.y mental illness had taken over my being. I came over to the Awakenimgs Project aroun 2006. It has meant all tje very being of my inside expression. Havimg beem an art major in college, I did bave a bit of formal knowledge though bundled up inside and me being dased and confused(sorry for the saying). The Awakenings Project helped me to blossum back to my artistic roots amd also helped in my socialising, too. Still a part of the project, it makes me want to be a light to others suffering from menal illness as I do. Without the Awkenings Project I would have never been better off!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Awakenings has brought me from a sheltered state to one that I can communicate freely with other like minded individuals. The shows we have are great to show off the fine arts side of the Project.

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I've been able to sell my artwork for the first time.

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If I had to change Awakenings, I would provide more successes in grant money.

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