I was fortunate in a time when my last child started school and was in need of a project, that a neighbor asked me if I would like to volunteer at a shelter called Casa Teresa, a two year transitional program for women 18 years of age and older who are pregnant and alone.
I have volunteered now for over 10 years and my services have included many areas that were perfect for me. Sorting clothing for our thrift store and co-chairing events to raise funds, but nothing has been more rewarding then starting an arts and crafts day weekly at our emergency shelter.
I have always love to tinker and craft, using my hands is an escape, a kind of therapy that I wanted to share with these women, who have never known their creative spirit or had anyone who remotely cared if they had one.
They learn how to envision their goals, keep working on them when they think they can’t and to discover how wonderful it is to see their beautiful creations completed and have them be admired by others.
It took cancer for me to understand what it feels like to fight for one’s life and to relate to the mom’s I teach weekly like I had never before. I need art class just like they do, to remember that no matter how hard my journey may be, I can envision my goal, work hard to get there and know that there are people who care when I think I can’t.