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Arts Refreshing the Soul

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Arts Refreshing the Soul (A. R. T. S. ), is organized for the promotion of emotional healing, well-being and enrichment through various creative and educational arts programs with a specific focus on providing women and children recovering from domestic abuse, poverty and homelessness with a positive environment in which they can discover and utilize artistic expression.

Target demographics: at risk women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,100 participants in our classes

Geographic areas served: Northwestern suburbs of Chicago

Programs: A.R.T.S. programming is focused on the following areas: supporting and creating high-quality early learning programs in the Chicago-Metro area shelters, social service agencies and community resource centers, providing arts programs for victims of domestic abuse/poverty and their young children, and modeling non-violent, positive behavior in parent/child interactions in a healthy and safe environment.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.