Kari Palmer

May 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer / June 7, 2023 / Comments Off on May 2023 – Glory House

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…

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May 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer / May 14, 2023 / Comments Off on May 2023 – JDC

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…

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April 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer / May 12, 2023 / Comments Off on April 2023 – Glory House

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…

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April 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer / May 10, 2023 / Comments Off on April 2023 – JDC

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…

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March 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer / April 5, 2023 / Comments Off on March 2023 – JDC

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…

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March 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer / April 5, 2023 / Comments Off on March 2023 – Glory House

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,…

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Not Alone – Sharing the Hope

By Kari Palmer / February 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Not Alone – Sharing the Hope

I would like to share something that has been on my heart and mind for some time. I struggle to understand our system of mental health care. On occasion, I see some youth in detention that I previously saw at a residential mental healthcare facility. Due to age limits at facilities, funding, and so forth,…

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February 2023 – Glory House

By Kari Palmer / February 18, 2023 / Comments Off on February 2023 – Glory House

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…

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February 2023 – JDC

By Kari Palmer / February 18, 2023 / Comments Off on February 2023 – JDC

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…

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The True Gift of Christmas

By Kari Palmer / December 26, 2022 / Comments Off on The True Gift of Christmas

It is Christmas of 2022. It is a bitter cold winter here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The temperature is about 30 to 40 below on average. Our family is staying well put inside in the warmth of the indoor heating, thank God for that. We have consumed enough sugarcane to kill or subdue a…

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