Posts Tagged ‘HIV/AIDS’

Fordham University Teams with Catholic Charities to Bring Art to Those in Need

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Photo Credit: Fordham Notes

“Staci Bruce remembers seeing the pictures in a hospital some years ago,” reports Patrick Verel this week in Fordham Notes, Fordham University News and Media Relations Bureau news blog. “Pastoral scenes, animals, still life, all created to lend a sense of peace, calm, and comfort to an otherwise stressful environment.”

Why, she wondered, couldn’t clients of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York also benefit from brightly colored artwork in its facilities?

So in 2013, Bruce, the agency’s director of volunteer services, began soliciting artists’ designs for therapeutic art that could hang in its various facilities.

Artists Olivia Servais and Mackensie Leigh answered the call, and on July 17, members of Fordham’s Office of Development and University Relations (DAUR) paid a visit to Catholic Charities’ offices to help replicate their work. After tracing the outlines of the art on to square wood-and-cloth canvases, DAUR members used watercolors and sharpies to fill in the blues, reds, yellows, and greens of the collages.

Bruce said the canvases will be hung in facilities that are home to Beacon of Hope, an assisted living facility for 400 adults with severe mental illnesses; Catholic Guardian Services, which provides foster care services; and Incarnation Children’s Center, a nursing facility that provides specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.

Beacon of Hope, she said, was the first to receive art, and the response was so positive that organizers at other programs began asking for pieces as well. In addition to the assembled canvases, Bruce has arranged for traditional outdoor murals to be painted on-site at the Incarnation Children’s Center.

“It’s an easy, fun way for groups to get together and contribute to the program,” she said.

Check out the full story in Fordham Notes.

Click here for more Catholic Charities volunteer opportunities.

Lend Lease volunteers’ mural at ICC transforms space for children living with HIV/AIDS

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

By Lend Lease staff

On September 18th and 19th Lend Lease sent almost 30 volunteers to transform the Incarnation backyard into a completely new space.  An affiliate of Catholic Charities,  Incarnation Children’s Center is the only New York skilled nursing facility that provides specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.

Lend Lease Community Day has been operating since 1996 and occurs in September each year. This much-loved initiative gives employees the opportunity to give back to communities where we live and work. Employees’ skills are matched with community needs, supporting a range of projects that address social, economic and environmental issues. Each year teams of employees design, build, garden, clean, demolish, pack, plan, paint, repair and teach, alongside our community partners and often our subcontractors and business partners.  All employees are encouraged to participate, and since its inception, over 500,000 Lend Lease volunteer hours have been volunteered across hundreds of community projects around the world.

Day One involved prepping the area for painting.  The next day included laying tarps, trimming shrubs, cleaning up the area. Volunteers even spruced up the garden and outdoor window boxes by bringing and planting harvest mums and ivy.

Day Two was a ten-hour + painting extravaganza. Volunteers showed up at 8am and some didn’t leave until well after 6pm. The level of dedication was humbling. It was evident that each person truly wanted to give back to their community and to the children at the Center by making the mural as beautiful and perfect as possible. The Lend Lease volunteer team was amazing – each person took on a task, whether it be an area or a particular color, and completed their assignment with a combination of creativity and caring.

By the end of the day, the plain, drab fence was completely transformed into a garden of Eden! Flower gardens, majestic mountains, lazy shade trees, and a lake with water lilies are among the details that one can find when looking at the new mural. Staff and Incarnation Children’s Center residents alike were both impressed and thankful for the job that Lend Lease did in less than two days Incarnation Children’s Center now has a truly magnificent mural that has permanently improved both the environment that these children live in as well as their quality of life. For an escape from every day worries, we can now use the backyard therapeutic mural to temporarily transport ourselves into an idyllic landscape.

Special thanks to Catholic Charities for bringing Incarnation Children’s Center and Lend Lease together and to the amazing group of volunteers!

—————————————–

See photos  on Catholic Charities’  Facebook page  and “Like” us!