Finding Hope Through The Arts

Starting in October 2022, Journey of Hope started a new program called, Finding Hope Through the Arts, offering multidisciplinary art programming to our partnering agencies. We will begin as a pilot program at the Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center and Glory House Adult Residental Reentry Program. The benefits of this program are to give the clients hope on their journey through building positive relationships with adults in the community by participating in constructive and creative activities.

"I got to express myself through painting and that someone actually understood my past. Thank you for helping me through this difficult time in my life."  Youth at JDC

"Getting to know the kids and hear their stories. Help them create their art. It changed so much in everything from Monday to Tuesday!"      Instructor

May 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer | June 7, 2023

Finding Hope Through the Arts can be found in various art forms – painting, drawing, music, movement, etc. In May, Terry Mashek shared his gift of music with the guests at the Glory House. Terry is one of the most humble, funny, smart guys you will ever meet. We gave Terry the stage name ‘Two-Wheeling…

May 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer | May 14, 2023

Building Relationships through Creative Writing     March-May, a group of Seniors from the University of Sioux Falls under the direction of Dr. Beth O’Toole partnered with Journey of Hope to work with the youth at the Juvenile Detention Center in creative writing every Wednesday. Poetry has been the main focus for the youth with…

April 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer | May 12, 2023

We continued to meet at the Glory House in April, almost every Thursday and Sunday. Mercedes Maltese has facilitated bi-monthly art sessions for the guests to learn new skills and use their hands in bookbinding, clay pot pinch planters, and paper marbling. After an art session, the guests had an opportunity to participate in painting…

April 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer | May 10, 2023

Lisa Brunick and Joan Zych facilitated sessions in April at Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center. The curriculum used in the two sessions below is from START Up! Therapy Works.   Collage Vision Boards The youth selected various magazine images to glue onto a sheet of paper. They paid attention to which images spoke to them…

March 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer | April 5, 2023

In March, Lisa Brunick, Registered Art Therapist, partnered with Journey of Hope to offer art therapy to youth at Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center. Lisa comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in art therapy and is willing to meet people where they are on their journey – no judgment or expectations. She has…

March 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer | April 5, 2023

A New Facilitator Emily Iverson shared the importance of learning new skills with her hands after becoming sober. Emily was once a guest at the Glory House some 20+ years ago. On the day she facilitated the beading session, she was celebrating eight years of sobriety. Guests made bracelets, bookmarks, keychains, and necklaces. Thank you,…

February 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer | February 18, 2023

Jim Groth, a musician from the ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’ fundraising event last December, came to the Glory House in early February to play for the guests. Jim played familiar country, folk, and rock songs from the 1960s and ’70s. He ended with a favorite, “Here Comes the Sun“. The guests of the…

February 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer | February 18, 2023

February 13-16, Joan Zych with Journey of Hope worked with the youth at Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center to create a visual representation of healthy decision-making. We enjoyed our time having one-on-one conversations with the youth by listening and learning from one another. The pictures and statements demonstrate healthy decision-making: finding time to breathe and enjoy…

December 2022 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer | December 22, 2022

December can feel lonely when you are treatment and away from family. Therefore it is important to meet our sisters and brothers where they are on their journey. A group of volunteers met the first three Sundays in December with 12 guests at the Glory House. Linda, a retired art teacher guided us through the…

December 2022 – Juvenile Detention Center

By Kari Palmer | December 22, 2022

December 12-16, Joan Zych was back at the Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center for ‘The Art of Our Stories’ – a workshop to assist the youth at JDC in telling their stories through art. During the week, at least 12 youth participated in the program. We changed it up this time by meeting two hours a…

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