We thank everyone who supports this movement and especially those who donate in memory of those members we have lost: Jess Jacobs and Jerry Matczak. Both Jess and Jerry have rooms named in their honor in the building. We also have a room named in honor of Aaron Richardson, friend of the Walking Gallery. We thank those who spread the word on social media. We thank those who donate funds that defray the costs of this project. Most of all, we thank those brave walkers and artists who join us and help spread these stories all over the world.
I wanted to update you on the status of our project. We now have finished the walls, the door and woodwork in the accessible bathroom. The toilet and sink are placed. The handicap bars to assist a transfer are in place. We still need to run plumbing and drains from the main line to this new bathroom. If you know anyone can help with that cost please share this with them.
We are still hosting a homeless couple in the building and they have been helping improve the building too. They are very happy to help this great cause with what little they have. Heating the building in our very cold temps this winter has been a challenge, so I keep praying we get a bit more funding to help with that too.
Over the holidays a local woman who was out of food reached out to me. (Word has gotten out that I try to help local people.) No one was answering at the county emergency food pantry. (Apparently they close over the holidays.) I was able to give her food from my home pantry and well as from my Church pantry.
A local Syrian immigrant spoke to me recently about her medical concerns and I highly recommended she request an MRI considering the description of her condition. Due to the MRI results, she is going next week for a biopsy. She is very thankful I convinced her to ask for the needed test.
Yesterday Isaac celebrated his birthday at the studio and his friends enjoyed a snowball fight in the back yard. It makes me so happy to see 13 year olds outside playing.
Please spread the word of our mission to help others tell their stories both here in Appalachia as well as the rest of the world.
Since my last update we have had 4 new donations to this crowdfund, 4 on the Walking Gallery Crowd fund, and 27 donations on the Phase 2 fund to complete the accessible bathroom on the 1st floor. I have sent out hundreds of tweets in the last 2 weeks about that project and and I thank everyone who has given. If some of the rest of you are able to donate any amount it would be appreciated. The heating bill in the building has been very high this winter. The electric bill has also been high. I cannot lower these bills because I am hosting a homeless couple in the building and I must keep them warm. I know a lot of you are also struggling too with the government shutdown. I would not ask you for your help, if I did not need help. Every month I have two sets of bills. I have 2 mortgages between the studio and my home, 2 electric bills, two gas bills, two water bills... I am still a widowed mother trying to get by and be a patient/caregiver leader at the same time. If you are unable to give a donation but are aware of a venue that would like me to speak or vender that needs a painting please let me know. I do believe we are all working together to make a world a better place and I thank you so much for all the help you have given over all of these years. Your Friend, Regina Holliday
Thank you so much for all of your help this year. I just placed another globe in the room that honors Flakey Dave. I spent a time this afternoon working on our new stage in the basement. I look forward to the day it is finished and I can show it to you all. I hope this is the year that those of you who have not been able to visit can join us. The cost of heating went up this year, so if any of you can donate to help cover that it would be very helpful. Your friend, Regina Holliday
For last few months we have been working on an accessible bathroom on the first floor. The room has been built, but the plumbing still needs to be placed. We have worked on a performance stage in the basement. I am attaching a picture of the stage in progress to this post.
The Dove Center moved out of their office space in September, and the room they once inhabited will become an accessible bedroom on the first floor. This one will be named in honor of my late husband Fred Holliday. This December 26th would have been our 25th wedding anniversary, so that is a fitting tribute to his memory.
We have hosted people in the last few months in the upstairs 2nd floor rooms. They needed a place to stay and we were able to provide it. We did get a full size fridge to accommodate the needs of more frequent guests.
If any of you want to help defray the costs of the accessible bathroom, basement stage, and monthly costs associated with this permanent home for The Walking Gallery please feel free to donate.
If any of you would like to visit, please let me know and I will pencil those dates into our calendar. Thank you.
Your Dear Friend, Regina Holliday
Regina, Last night I attended a Focus Group held at and for my Medical Facility. I wore my Walking Gallery Jacket, which no one knew anything about, yet everybody was impressed by. My Community interaction is totally voluntary. I have no medically related ititials or title. At this time in space, I an ONLY a Patient. Perhaps there can be a card I may carry and pass out which legitimizes me. I do not yet have the voice others really hear. One on one takes forever. Gregg does plan to make some videos, they can and will help. Ideas anyone? Hugs Terrie
Dear Teresa, My first business cards I printed on my home computer. Then I found out how affordable it was to print with Vistaprint and I ordered mine from there ever since...
Thank you to everyone who has given thus far!