Aug 17, 2007

Working Toward A Shared Dream

Summer has come and gone. The Warm Hearth residents welcomed visitors, volunteers and professionals from all over the world. Together they worked towards sustaining and improving the group home.

Two trainings in occupational therapy and crisis management gave our staff an increased understanding of group home care. Both were successful and appreciated by the staff.

A group of quilters from Enterprise, Oregon completed eight handmade quilts for each of our residents which will be shipped to Armenia soon.

A church in Racine, Wisconsin gathered art supplies, medications and monetary donations totaling almost $3,000 for our home and residents.

An Armenian community from San Francisco visited the home on their yearly “pilgrimage” to the homeland and made a commitment to return again next year. They raised another $3,000 for the home.

Birthright Armenia painted the first-floor interior of the home. During this project, some volunteers worked on art projects with our residents.

The residents took a two-week vacation to the southern Syunik Region of Armenia to visit the orphans with whom they lived for many years.

A Peace Corps Volunteer organized a day-trip for the residents to the favorite summer destination, Lake Sevan. Together they enjoyed the beach, the sun, good food and company.

Our residents’ lives are full and we continue to try to provide a home for them with care that integrates the body, mind, and soul. We are grateful for the numerous ways in which people have involved themselves in the lives of our residents and joined hands to work towards growth and healing in the lives of our residents.

Jul 3, 2007

Trainings, Support & Home Improvement

Warm Hearth is grateful to be connected both to the local community in Armenia and to the broader international community. This summer some exciting developments are unfolding.

In August, Lee Ann Odabashian Williams, an occupational therapist from the U.S. with Armenian heritage, will conduct a staff training.

A wonderful and incredibly talented young doctor, Dr. Hovhannes Manvelyan (MD, PhD, DSci), has offered to provide medical support to our residents. He is newly-appointed Chief of Neurology at one of Armenia's best hospitals, is on faculty at the Medical School, and is a recent Fulbright alumnus. He's been busy trying to convert Armenia to evidence-based medicine.

David Mitchell, a former Peace Corps Volunteer & Art Therapist, will be conducting a staff training on "Crisis Management".

Birthright Armenia, an organization that brings committed Armenians from all over the world to volunteer in Armenia, has a group of 20 volunteers who will help paint the first floor of our home.

These developments, to name only a few, speak to the collaborative effort of Warm Hearth.

 
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