Dear donors -
Life at Warm Hearth has been full this summer. Alina, one of our residents, recently wrote the following paragraph and wanted to share it with our supporters, you. "I have lived at Warm Hearth for eight years and it is my own home. I feel happy here. I have behaved myself more this past year. I haven’t been angry with anyone. I would like to live separately (on my own) and visit Warm Hearth once in awhile. I am closest to Gayane, Armine and Hasmik (other residents) and of the staff, I am closes to Karine, Rita and Jhanna.
I would like to make my bedroom more beautiful. I still love to draw and of the chores that I do, I enjoy most cleaning the bathroom. I would like to start baking all together and then I would like to be able to do it on my own. I would like to go on more walks. I want my sister to visit me."Thank you for listening, for caring about our residents, for making their lives more beautiful.
Sincerely, Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri
Dear friends and donors -
It's summertime and we have some news for you! As always, we are deeply grateful for the ways you give to our residents. Your gifts make such a difference in our residents' lives and in our home. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or if you are visiting Armenia. We would love to welcome you to our home and project for a visit.
Here are a few updates from the field. The full-length web version of this newsletter with photos can be found here. Creating an Art Community
UNISON, a Yerevan nonprofit serving individuals with disabilities, opened their arts studio to our residents this year. Two residents visit weekly to paint. They travel there independently, which speaks to their growth!
This is a truly collaborative effort. Costs are lovingly covered by SOAR-Colorado, a group dedicated to seeing the arts program at Warm Hearth unfold and expand. Our residents are blossoming with the arts program as they learn new skills, make new friends, and create beauty.
Hasmik, Armine and Agappy especially love this program and their gifts have been singled out by the instructor who is able to see them with new eyes. Different people see different gifts in our residents and vice versa.
We are reminded why the world needs our residents and why our residents need the world. We need others (including you) to call out our residents’ beauty and giftedness. We want to see them through your eyes. We want you to be touched by them as well.
To put it simply, we need one another, and are richer for this interdependence.
Roman recently experienced some serious health problems recently that required surgery. Now he is home again and thriving.
He has been changed by the way the staff cared for him through the experience. He knows that he can deeply trust them and he feels safe at our home. He knows where to turn when he needs help. His health has improved overall since the surgery. We are grateful for this.
As always, he still enjoys putting puzzles together and his smile still lights up a room.
Working With Our Hands
As we mentioned in the Annual Report, this year we are working toward creating outlets for our residents in terms of community, art, and vocation.
We are in the throes of considering small business ideas like baking bread that our residents can be intimately involved in and that are feasible in the local market.
This initiative is one that we foresee will enrich the residents’ lives and make our home more sustainable long-term, thus making it possible to reallocate some of our resources to care for more people in need.
We have a few funding possibilities, which is incredible, but what we need before funds is additional support on creating a solid business plan. It’s hard work! And, as you know, we subsist with as few hired hands as possible and rely heavily on volunteers.
If you have started a small business and feel your experience could transfer to our home, please reach out.
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey… The impeded stream is the one that sings.” -Wendell Berry
Residents' Handicrafts Now for Sale
The residents have been busy creating beautiful artisan carpets. Purchase some here to support our residents and our home.
Thank you for your generousity. Sincerely,
We do not serve the weak or broken. What we serve is the wholeness of each other and the wholeness of life. - Rachel Naomi Remen
Dear friends & supporters -
It was more beauty than a person can almost bear to sit around the feast table and listen to the residents—all of them—sing carol after carol. Most of you know how much we have endured and how long we have persevered to get two of our residents, Anna and Sassoon, home from institutions. And there they were, seated with the others, toasting to the New Year.
Some of us—residents, staff and visitors alike—were so moved that our faces were streaked with tears. I wondered if for the residents they were tears of joy or if so much goodness brought into starker relief some of the heartaches of the past. I will probably never know.
For my own part, I was reminded of the simple fact that this is why we do what we do: so that these dear people can gather around a table and break bread daily and have someone to console them when they are in need. Thank you for protecting them, for believing that peace should also be theirs.
Dear friends, Thank you for your concern and heart for our residents. We appreciate the ways that many of you have reached out to us and supported our residents in the last few months. We've attached our most recent newsletter. And the following is an excerpt from the newsletter:
Sassoon came back home in April 2012 after a difcult institutional stay. He is a very calm and kind person. He enjoys spending time with the residents but also needs his alone time; the Garden House is perfectly suited for his needs. He loves to sing, especially “Yes kez shat shat sirum em...” He likes to keep things clean and gathers messes immediately. He talks a lot about his memories of his mother and grandmother and remembers their grape vines. He likes to gather newspapers and show them to others. He loves new clothes and puts themon at once to show everyone. He has come back to life since being home.
Please contact us if you have any questions. And thank you again. Sincerely,
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