We won weekly challenge #6!
December 31, 2016
Piece by Piece is raising funds to provide opportunity to more residents susceptible to homelessness in Skid Row and South LA. Our partner, Skid Row Housing Trust provides housing coupled with help, and together we work towards ending the cycle of homelessness.
We think the reason you should support us is best told by our own participants. Three years ago John was homeless, his first step was finding housing through the trust, he then overcame isolation through our program and this month has achieved level 2 of our certificate program and is now earning income!
Our participants earn income through sales of their art and wares, visit www.thepieceshop.com to purchase holiday gifts with heart!
Following a long stay in the LAC-USC Medical Center, I moved into the Skid Row Housing Trust's Star Apartment Building. After having been bedridden for nearly a year I decided to drag myself out of bed to try to take advantage of some of the many community activities available to Star tenants.
I met Piece by Piece artist instructors and they invited me to join them for a sandwich lunch and informed me that there was a beginning mosaic class every Wednesday. I showed up, met the instructors Betty and Tracey and have been a piece of Piece by Piece ever since.
My favorite piece was my first, a simple landscape inspired by a trip to the Great Pyramids of Giza. It felt like a gift, a gift of previously undiscovered talent. It was easy, it was natural, it was… right. I heard no words of criticism, suffered no judgment, experienced no pressure, I had no fear of getting it wrong.
Through Piece by Piece, I’ve grown more confident, more personable, more trusting and more willing to associate with like-minded people.
The association with Piece by Piece has revived my sense of creativity. It has given me a sense of optimism, a sense of joy, a freedom, a sense of achievement and a reason for being. I have been enlightened to the point where I’m willing to identify, improve, and hopefully eliminate any debilitating character defects that continue to affect my life.
What I like about Piece by Piece is the attraction of endless variety, the high degree of abstraction, the invitation to boundless imagination, but most of all, the incredible beauty of the Piece by Piece people.
My only regret would be that the same personal neglect that led to my physical maladies has put me in the unenviable position of having embarrassingly little tangible evidence to leave as a legacy for the rich life experience with which I have been so generously blessed.
I once heard the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say that, “The tiny light from a single match will challenge a roomful of darkness.”
Thanks to what has become available to me through Piece by Piece that little match of mine has burst into flames. I have a renewed desire to explore, to do more, to see more… to be more. This is what drives me, it’s what gets me up in the morning these days. I’ve found a talent that gives me a reason for being. My fear is dead, my depression vanquished, my hope has been restored.