A Window Between Worlds uses art to heal

REDDING, Calif. - A unique program at One Safe Place in Redding needs your help. A Window Between Worlds uses art as a healing tool for individuals impacted by violence and trauma. And the program is in need of volunteers.

A Window Between Worlds helps women and children who have been abused throughout the United States. The group is made up of volunteers that visit One Safe Place. Victims of domestic violence are able to heal from trauma and abuse, find their voice and learn to make healthier decisions for the future.

The program also teaches them to build healthy ways to handle anger and communicate non-violently.

"Getting it out through art work is expressing it in their own way, not someone telling them what they have to do," said Kellie Weigel, One Safe Place's shelter manager. "But it's planting the seed and letting them do it on their own and they have that visual at the end of it they've accomplished it."

"It gave them a chance to look at ways they are strong, they took the step coming to the shelter when they were being abused they found a safe place to be," said Deidra Schweitzer, Co-Coordinator of A Window Between Worlds Art Program.

The group meets once a month to discuss their paintings and share the meaning behind them.

One Safe Place will hold a volunteer orientation, Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the One Safe Place Client Service Center 1670 Market St. Suite 300.

One Safe Place (530) 244-0117

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