Arts Refreshing the Soul is an organization I feel very passionately about supporting. They provide weekly classes free of charge to women and children who are living extremely difficult lives in shelters, some of them recovering from domestic abuse, some from poverty, and some from homelessness. While I am grateful to have never had the misfortune to be in any of these situations, I am a mom whose heart breaks for these women and their young children and the many challenges they face. As a mom, I can’t begin to imagine how incredibly hard it would’ve been to raise my children in a similar situation. The moms that A.R.T.S. serves desperately need and deserve every opportunity to provide a positive environment for their young children to heal and grow into confident individuals. A.R.T.S. offers this opportunity through the utilization of creative arts classes. The moms participate in the weekly classes alongside their children which is essential to the development of the parent/child bond and the healing process. I love seeing the photos of the smiling children and reading the testimonies from moms on the A.R.T.S. website. They provide a small glimpse into the work the A.R.T.S. does and the positive impact it is making in so many precious lives.
As I have become more involved in this organization over the past several years, first as a donor and more recently as a board member, I can honestly say that it is an organization lead by dedicated, caring, and conscientious professionals who serve from their hearts while working diligently to ensure that the women and children living in the shelters continue to receive the opportunity for healing, happiness, and hope. Maintaining confidentiality, individual dignity, and fiscal responsibility are always at the forefront of every decision that is made. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and success of the A.R.T.S. program.