Healing HEARTS Center Studio/Cabins

$80 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 5 months
Our Mission is to empower children and their communities to recognize child abuse and get help. We use the Arts to teach about all aspects of child abuse and take people of all ages on a journey of Healing Hearts - through the Arts.

All donations given to this "GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN" will build a Healing Hearts Studio in the South Mountain Area of North Carolina; where we will hold "Healing Heart Retreats" and have Open Studio time where Communities can come together to create works of art to share with others in need.  The bottom 2 pieces, are 2/6 pieces donated to OPTIONS of Burke County as a part of our Mosaic Art Donation Program. 29658064_15255202660_r.jpegThis HEALING HEARTS project was amazing! We brought so many aspects of the community together for this project - from business to schools and the community!  It was such a great effort that the 6 mosaics hang outside of the local Woman's Shelter, where the ladies see themselves reflected in "PEACE, LOVE & HOPE" whenever they enter or exit.  This was an awesome experience for all involved, and it will continue to touch lives of so many more from here on out.  It was a PRICELESS experience for all who helped, as it brought the community together  - giving all a better understanding of realized compassion, by helping others in emotional need.   

The funds raised in this campaign will go directly to build the Studio & Primitive Cabins on a  3 + acre  track of truly sacred land (which backs directly up to the South Mountain State Park.)  Each cabin will be set aside the "LITTLE RIVER" with a small private porch. Guests will be able to sit, listen to the whirl and hum by and watch wildlife meander about during their down times. Visitors get a great laugh out of the wild turkeys gobbling in the spring mornings and the whippoorwills' in the evenings. This space brings healing to each heart that visits!

Children survivors will be encouraged to attend as well as Adult survivors.  Children will come alongside a legal parent/caregiver, so the retreats can provide maximum comfort and personal safety.  There will be a couple of cabins used for Certified Health Personnel, not only to attend and be a part of our workshops - but they will be on call to our guests needs for the entire time of the retreat; both physically and emotionally when and if it becomes necessary.  
The Studio will be equipped for: clay, throwing & hand-building, glass melting-enameling, fiber arts, drawing, small sculpture, metal fabrication and painting.  The back side of the studio will be duel purposed for a bath-house, a screened pavilion-kitchen area,  Arts library, rec room and computer lab (so they can be in touch with the outside world when wanted).... This is especially important since their is no cell phone service on this land. 

Inside the nurses station, will be a pre-paid "Satellite Phone System." Funding from this campaign will also provide for basic necessities; digging the well, a pump house, septic system and electricity throughout.  Each cabin will be equipped with an emergency "self composting potty toilet," but guests will be encouraged to go to the bath house, just like at a camp ground.

We have a little beach where breaks can be had, there are also many "Break-Out Seating" areas, along side the river where one can enjoy solitude or a snack.  We will also build a "recycled platform" 18'x18' in the center of the "Ranch area" for skits, music and evening star gazing class with a campfire (no need to worry about the sand ants on the platform.)  

There are so many projects that we will freely be able to complete and give back to others.  After all sharing and giving to others is what its all about!  We will bring communities together with Artists of all modalities - allowing survivors uncover talents and joys they didn't know existed.  Our main goal is to teach survivors - THEY ARE NEVER ALONE and we will also show them how they are needed  - to be there for others - not only survive - but THRIVE!  It all begins right here at the "HEALING HEARTS RANCH in the SOUTH MOUNTANS OF NORTH CAROLINA!"

My name is Kimberly Lajzer- I am the VISIONARY for this Non-Profit and project & a 25 year veteran Art teacher.  I have Taught in the prison system, public school & in a private residential Deaf School Program.  I am the founder of this Non-Profit;  Art 4 a Purpose . Org.  Please visit our web site @ www.Art4aPurpose.Org if you have time to explore: characteristics', statistics, traits of the abused and the abuser.  Look for tips on what to do and what not to do - not if - but WHEN someone you know or love has been affected by abuse.   

I will oversee this project from beginning to the last days I am given on this planet.  I will oversee the workers - the builders - the visiting artists & the survivors and I will be here to hug the THRIVERS as they return to their lives outside of this sacred environment!  Unfortunately -  due to physical limitations', my days for hard physical labor are behind me... However -  I am sure you will be able to catch me sinking my hands into some clay or gluing some glass onto a mosaic.

I LOOK FORWARD to all of the great MEMORIES that will come from this Healing Hearts ranch, along with the great works of art that will be to share with communities all over this world!   We will be forever graced by all who step over this "ELEPHANT CREEK" bridge, crossing the "little river."                      This is where we started ..... 29658064_15255217550_r.jpeg
           This is after a month.... 
We are ready to LET THE HEALING BEGIN!

We have already come a very long way, in a very short time, but we need your help to continue on!!! 

Thank you for believing & donating to this vision, because of you - WE WILL SHARE BEAUTY & HEALING WITH THE WORLD!

Check back often as we update pictures of our progress!   Aho

29658064_15256989250_r.jpeg                       COME VISIT - WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE CREEK!  
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$80 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 5 months
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Art 4 A Purpose Org Corporation (Art 4 a Purpose)
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