Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys is currently attending the California Department of Veteran Affairs’ Conference on Women Veterans in San Diego this September 26– 28 to display art from the female family members of the veteran families soon to live in phase one of the SCV Habitat for Heroes 87-home community on Centre Pointe.
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A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys to add healing art workshops to the Enrichment Services they provide for disabled and low income veterans and families of the fallen. Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV is currently working in collaboration with California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) to build over 100 homes for this military community. In addition to affordable housing, Habitat will provide self-sufficiency training, social services and veteran-specific programs, including AWBW’s healing arts curriculum, to help
maximize potential for reintegration and a solid family foundation.
As part of the Enrichment Services offered, AWBW programs will meet the needs of veterans and their families with regards to the invisible wounds of war — these include PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence concerns and more. It is essential that as a society we address these critical and life-threatening wounds and offer veterans the opportunity to reconnect with life at home while beginning a future of possibility, economic growth and wellness. Trauma expert and AWBW facilitator Pamela Braly, working through her affiliation with Habitat, has increased the AWBW reach to include not only women veterans, but men suffering from PTSD and military sexual trauma as well.
Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity, Donna E. Deutchman, credits the effectiveness of the AWBW art programs:
“A Window Between Worlds stood out as exceptional. The AWBW program is based on best practices, such as ‘process not product,’ the presentation of a safe creative space to explore the self, and much more. However what sets it far above other therapeutic art programs are the appropriate and effective themes and sensitizing introductions to those themes. The level of persona
l experience and programmatic expertise cannot be matched.”
As far as therapeutic art programs, AWBW’s synthesis of trauma-informed strategies will become an essential part of healing and rehabilitation for most veterans.
It is through project participation and sharing that the participant experiences self-expression and self-realization. Since the AWBW program is created by and for survivors of violence, and trauma from violence is such a major aspect of the families’ stories, the healing arts will be a mirror through which participants can see themselves and become empowered — as survivors.
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Source: Santa Clarita News