KINDNESS OF VOLUNTEERS

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.

 

I would like to share with you a story.  My son, Andrew, has a severe brain injury and is a quadriplegic.  He has lived in a nursing facility for 13 years.  Last year a wonderful woman named Terry Rosiak started visiting him.  Terry is a Master Mneme Therapist and belongs to an organization named Art Without Boundaries.  You can get more information about this organization at their web site http://www.artwithoutboundaries.org.

Terry works with Andrew by doing what I call Art Therapy.  The results are very amazing –

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This is an oil painting that he was able to do with her direction and assistance.  The painting is, I am sure you would agree, very beautiful.  The fact that Andrew was able to paint anything at all is astonishing,  but the look of enjoyment on his face (the staff took several pictures) is absolutely priceless.

I celebrate this week Terry and Art Without Boundaries Association.  Terry has brought joy and creativity to Andrew and many other residents at this facility.  She is a very special person.

Wishing you an opportunity to meet special people,

Bernadette

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

12 Responses

  1. Wow! That is gorgeous! And I am sure your son loves having this creative outlet! I agree with you- thank heaven for people who share their gifts and time with the world so generously!

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  2. margaretsmn

    Andrew’s painting is beautiful and the joy that it must bring to him even more beautiful. Blessings to you and your son and Terry. Art is a gift.

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  3. Without volunteers a lot of organizations… and our hospitals.. and nursing homes would be sadly lacking. The fact that they see ‘beyond the disabilities’ and see the person inside, is wonderful… Diane

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  4. What an amazing story. I loved hearing how your son found such joy through his art therapist. The painting is marvelous and more so because of the story behind it. I was just telling my friend last night that I was interested in becoming an art therapist and even worked with children and adults in an institution as a volunteer to see if the field was for me. In the end I decided that being a reading specialst was the right choice but still remember the joy I felt each time I used art to help learners create.

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  5. Thank you for your kind words Bernadette. I am blessed because I get more from those I paint with then they ever get from me. It is pure joy to see someone’s reaction when they see that they have and can go beyond perceived expectations. I want to thank EVERYONE who puts smiles on someone’s face and laughter in their hearts. Hats off to all of you!

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