On December 9th, 2008, clients from the substance abuse program at Casa Esperanza joined with staff, artists, and representatives from The Art Connection to celebrate their new installation of original art. The group toured the 25 artworks that were donated by local artists through The Art Connection and shared reflections on the process of selecting art and the difference the art has made in their lives.
(l-r) Jessica Cohen (operations manager, Casa Esperanza), Diliana DeJesus (development & communications manager, Casa Esperanza), Jim McDonald (executive director, The Art Connection), Francisco (client, Casa Esperanza) pose with a donated quilt by Clara Wainwright.
Casa Esperanza was created in 1984, as a grassroots response to the substance abuse crisis in the Latino community. With the mission of helping people to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, gain the skills they need to be self sufficient, and repair and strengthen families torn apart by addiction, Casa Esperanza operates numerous treatment facilities including a residential treatment facility for 25 men, a residential treatment facility for 20 women and their children, 23 unites of Supportive Housing, and a Relapse Prevention and Outpatient Services program providing aftercare services for individuals and families in recovery.
During the recent art reception, Francisco, a client in the men’s program and artist himself, spoke about the comfort and confidence that the art provides. “I don’t know what to say other than to say that everything has changed. You don’t just look at art once. You look at it again and again and can see something new each time. You can feel different emotions each time you look at it. It helps me calm down here! We really appreciate it.”
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