Starla’s story – from participant to new facilitator.
Starla was one of twelve people to join our first Art Journaling workshops back in the fall of 2016. She entered our groups in a very brave way…afraid. Sharing vulnerably with total strangers was a super risky thing to do. Not to mention the art! Starla had always been more comfortable working with wood than paint brushes. Art Journaling to build shame resilience was hard, but it was the best and bravest thing she did for herself. She completed her course work but knew within herself there was more there for her to find. So, she did it again…and brought a friend!
During her second time through she felt more at ease with the group discussions and found her challenges with art had subsided. This time she could invest even more of herself in the process. Now a year later, Starla is living out her practice of shame resilience. She has seen changes in her marriage, parenting, friendships and work environment…all because she invested in herself, took brave risks in relationships, and applied it all to her everyday life!
Today, Living Aspen welcomes Starla to our programming team as our newest Art Journaling facilitator! We knew when we saw the changes in her life that her story made her a perfect candidate to help others through this same journey. And soon, through Starla’s volunteering, we will hear of more journeys of healing and wholeness. Living Aspen is Restoring Joy!
A New Partnership!
In April, Living Aspen began a partnership withColorado Homeless Families (CHF), a twenty-year-old organization in Arvada helping families move from homelessness to home ownership. CHF has focused on families to ensure the best path for future generations. Their families are all employed and invested in their own process to independence. Karen Allen, Executive Director of CHF, is passionate about meeting immediate needs of the families but also knows that traumatic life experiences can impact the choices people make. CHF has been intentional at providing counseling support for the families that have experienced abuse. Now CHF and Living Aspen can further that support by offering Healing Yoga (Trauma informed Yoga) and our Art Journaling course to build shame resilience. Our first class was a huge support to the families at CHF and Living Aspen is honored to be a part of the significant service that Colorado Homeless Families provides. We are looking forward to more cooperative support for the families in Arvada that are worthy of love and belonging.
Annual Gala: Rooted in Love
Our Annual Gala was hosted April 13, 2019 at West Woods Golf Course. It was a snowy morning when we planted seeds of a vision for the future of Living Aspen while enjoying a spectacular breakfast. Sybil Cummins, MA, LPC, Clinical Director and Supervisor, atArvada Therapy Solutions, gave a significant presentation on the frequency and systemic presence of abuse in Arvada. She shared the value and importance of counseling services and movingly shared why Living Aspen, our programming and our mission, is vitally important to Arvada. Specifically, Living Aspen holds the opportunity to be a significant support for those who have experienced spiritual abuse. With the call from Cheryl Meakins, Executive Director of Living Aspen, our supporters rallied together. A team of matching donors offered $8,000 as a challenge to be raised that morning and our supporters exceeded our goal! Collectively, we raised $17, 650!! Living Aspen can move into our future because of the many people who have caught our vision for a safe community to heal from abuse.
Coffee Table Conversations
Living Aspen is seeking to partner with Supporters this fall. We are in need of Hosts to provide a time of sharing, in a casual atmosphere of your home, about Living Aspen and our service to Arvada. We are seeking to build supporters who might be able to give $10-$50 a month. If you have been wanting to support our work as a volunteer, this is a significant way to help our future and move into our first office where services to participants can become more individualized, and administrative work more efficient. We need 10 hosts by July 31. Please contact Cheryl Meakins, Executive Director at Cheryl@livingaspen.org, call 978-277-3611, orsign up here.
Yoga is offered continuously at the Duncan Family YMCA. If you are a survivor consider joining us every Monday 7:30-8:30. You canregister here. Please complete the Intake Formif this is your first time participating with Living Aspen programming.
Our Art Journaling course is available to those who have experienced abuse and those who are in relationship with survivors. Shame is a universal experience, with profound occurrence with survivors of abuse. By sharing a journey of building shame resilience, we create healthier relationships together. Our fall course will start soon. You canregister here. If you have not participated before, please fill out theIntake Form.
Organize supplies in storage unit:
We have a storage unit!! This may not seem like a big deal, but it is huge when our supplies have been spread out among four different homes. Now we can keep our supplies for programming and fundraising in one location. Caveat, we could use some help with organizing! If you love to make sense of chaos, we would highly value your time.Sign up here to let us know you want to take this on!
Coordinate a mailing to Arvada Licensed Counselors:
Living Aspen is hoping to send a mailing out to all Arvada Licensed Counselors to let them know of the support we offer to those they work with. Sybil Cummins with Arvada Therapy Solutions has a list. We need someone willing to coordinate with her, fold letter and stuff envelopes, address and mail our information. Our goal is to have this done by the end of July. Sign up hereif you can help us out.
We are need of a bookkeeper. If you have financial experience and/or experience with nonprofit work, we need your help! Currently, bookkeeping work would be between 5-10 hours a month.Sign up here if this is you!
Our Board is comprised of a variety of skill sets and interests. If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, analyst, counselor, nurse, educator, occupational therapist, parent, survivor of abuse, and many other things, you have the skills and perspective we need to build an organization that is financially strong, transparent, and beneficial to our community. Join our passionate team and help our vision continue! Sign up here.
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