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October 7, 2014

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October 7, 2014

I am a registered art therapist and have done three trips with The ArtReach Foundation. I have gone twice to Bosnia and was part of the pilot program in Haiti in May of this year. My experiences with ArtReach have been fabulous! The leaders are very professional and I always felt safe with the group. They arranged all the flights and details of our meals and lodging. While I worked very hard during the two weeks I served, ArtReach always had relaxing and cultural activities planned for our teams on the weekends. What a bonus considering the trauma we managed during the week.

ArtReach has worked successfully for 15 years and is recognized internationally as a model organization for helping children that have endured trauma . The information, training, experience, and personal relationships ArtReach has brought to people of various countries has transformed the lives of thousands. Their therapeutic approach based on the combination of the expressive arts is magical. This organization is tops in my opinion.

Hats off to founder Susan Anderson for the first 15 year of vision and perseverance to make ArtReach such a success. Martha Henson, the new executive director of ArtReach, did a fantastic job on her first pilot program to Haiti.
July 2, 2011

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July 2, 2011

I am a retired psychologist and met The ArtReach Founder and CEO 2 1/2 yrs. ago. The work of the Foundation, using the creative arts to heal children and adults traumatized by war and natural disaster, fit my interest in working with veterans and military families who have sacrificed for all Americans. ArtReach Project America has the goal of offering training and workshops to military personnel, veterans, their families, and their providers in all 50 states. The work taps all volunteers' and participants' creativity, imagination, hope, fun, and engages people in the message that we are all in this together. I am now not only a volunteer but a Trainer, Board Member, and CoChair of Project America.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its workshops, when I have seen military personnel write incredibly powerful poetry, create poignant and beautiful art alone and in groups, write and act in plays, make music together, and want to keep going when the workshop is over. I have seen families reconnect through the arts when they were barely speaking. I have read feedback from participants who say all military personnel should have access to this work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more volunteers and Board members to promote the work, and to raise funds to expand the work. Funding for nonprofits is down in this economy.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More volunteers to share the workload.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

I served 8 years in the marine corps as an infantry man and did two combat tours in Iraq. Early in my second deployment to Iraq I was wounded by a suicide bomber attack. After returning from combat I was diagnosed with PTSD, traumatic brain injury among other injuries. After being found unfit for duty I completed many different types of traditional therapies which in my own personal experience were not very helpful. In my quest for true healing I found the ArtReach Foundation and I had the opportunity to experience their methods. I can honestly say that through the use of art, writing in the metaphor, music and movement I was able to release a lot of the things I would not dare talk about. Now that I am medically retired from the Marine Corps and benefiting from the ArtReach experience I continue to serve by being an ArtReach trainer and Veteran mentor.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD I can release a lot of my stressors/traumas without having to talk about it in detail.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see this kind of methodology offered in all military installations as a way to help combat veterans cope with traumas.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

I am a psychotherapist and a child of the military. After 9/11, it became increasingly obvious that the military and their families were having to bear an unaccustomed burden. Reserve and Guard units became essential to the missions abroad. Families with little experience of the military were having to adjust to breadwinners' being gone for long periods and, often, multiple deployments. More and more service people were coming home with the complications of PTSD and other injuries. I looked around for several years for some way to help and then I found ArtReach. This organization, through its initiative, Project Share, provides opportunities for healing and growth using the expressive arts. Work initially was targeted for the individual in the military but it quickly became apparent that their families were anxious for similar programs that would facilitate understanding and skill-building. ArtReach partners with the military in providing retreats for families in the form of retreats which include opportunities for all involved to form new and strong connections through art. In groups that are designed for the service member, individuals with the shared experience of combat join in working with the arts to heal the wounds of war. ArtReach continues to adapt to the increasing needs for its services as they arise. I feel very grateful to have found a way to serve the military in recognition of their sacrifices and those of their families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen families come together in making a shared art project, individual soldiers release the tension that they carry from their wartime experiences as they write poetry, children find their parents through designing a family picture. People relax and healing begins through the art they do.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make it more available to the growing requests for its services.

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