Hearts Mend Hearts

$280 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 37 months
Dianne Vincent
for The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts
The mission of Hearts Mend Hearts is to bring comfort and healing to individuals in the Charleston community in the aftermath of a tragedy or challenge through the use of art therapy, offered at no cost, to community members of all ages.  Hearts Mend Hearts was originally founded to bring emotional relief after the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC.  While therapists and volunteers continue to address the emotional aftermath of the shooting, Hearts Mend Hearts is currently expanding to reach people with any challenge or tragedy they are processing.  Sessions are led by liscensed therapists as well as community volunteers.  

Pictured below is a mandala created during an art therapy session regarding the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC.  It shows a mother and daughter walking to church with dark clouds and rain symbolizing the heaviness, fear, and anxiety associated with returning to church.  To the left, the artist hears the words, "Don't go!" and "Not safe anymore."  To the right, the artist decides not to let the anxiety win, but to return to church which he/she labels "Safe Place" and symbolizes this safety through blue skies and sunshine.  Thanks to art therapy, this participant was able to work through her fears and anxieties of returning to church.  

With your contribution, Hearts Mend Hearts will be able to continue purchasing materials needed for the sessions and promoting the sessions via the website and flyers.  

For more information, visit our website or like us on Facebook . We greatly appreciate your donation* and thank you in advance.

*Please note that donations are accepted through Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, for Hearts Mend Hearts, our fiscal agent.
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Hi All!

Firstly, thank you so much for those following Hearts Mend Hearts and showing your support through time, efforts, finances, and other resources. We are truly grateful for all of our volunteers. We are entering the next phase of Hearts Mend Hearts which entails two exciting parts. 1) We will be continuing our Sunday Sessions at the downtown Charleston County Public Library in the near future! (Stay tuned for dates!) Our focus at the next few meetings will be to create a community mandala together. Would you be willing to donate financially so that we can purchase the necessary materials for this upcoming project? Also, we would like to present our artwork to the community and will have our first show at the opening night of the Charleston Riverdogs Game on April 7. We are in need of finances to frame the art and advertise and market our show. Would your be willing to donate in order that we could purchase a frame or another needed material?

We appreciate all the support from the community we have received. We hope you are blessed by our giving back through the means of art therapy! Thank you, again!
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Since the killing of the Emmanuel 9, Hearts Mend Hearts is continuing to help people work through tragedies. We're overcoming the shooting in Oregon, SC floods, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the recent terrorist attack in Paris, France as well as our own personal problems. Last Sunday, November 15, a participant expressed his grief through art therapy over the recent attack in Paris. We're posting it here to show how art can be a healer in a time where words will and cannot do. We hope you will continue to support our work in hosting free art therapy sessions for the community. Thank you very much.
Nos coeurs sont avec vous, Paris.
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Here's what people are saying about Hearts Mend Hearts:

"During the first session, I was amazed by the flood of emotions I experienced followed by the feeling of calmness and peace. I have found this group beneficial not only relating to the tragedy of the Emmanuel Nine, but to personal events in my life as well. I feel very fortunate to have been led to this group and will attend as often as I am able until the sessions conclude." --Penny Hawthorne

"Hearts Mend Hearts is a safe place to process any challenges someone is feeling under the direction of capable and caring professionals." --Tracy Monell
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$280 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 37 months
Created September 23, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts
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Charleston, SC
EIN: 204240088
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