Hope House recently moved into a new building and received 20 original artworks through The Art Connection that transformed it from a “building” to a “home.” Clients who are committed to recovery from addiction made up the art selection committee along with staff, and all are quite enthusiastic about their new art collection. Check out pics from their recent art reception here.
Established in 1955, Hope House is a non-profit residential drug and alcohol treatment center for men. “We have recently constructed and moved to a new 35,000 square foot building,” said Hope House executive director Tom Duffly, “We are pleased with the artwork provided by The Art Connection for our new facility. The positive impact the photographs and paintings have made for our clients and staff is terrific.”
“The Art Connection is proud to have taken part in transforming this large space into more of a home, especially since the residents in treatment often transition from prison, homeless shelters, or the street,” said Mary Coogan, Board Chair of the Art Connection.
Susan Bradley, Development Director for Hope House, first heard about us from another agency recipient – Casa Esperanza. She said: “We were happy to discover The Art Connection and amazed that such a program existed! The Art Connection staff has guided us with a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm, from our first phone inquiry through to the placement of the art pieces. The residents and staff of Hope House are most appreciative of the beautiful works that we have received.”
The staff at Hope House aren’t the only ones with positive things to say about this collaboration. Dorchester artist Mike Ritter had four of his paintings selected by Hope House. He shared: ” I take pride in Boston and in my work. By providing donation opportunities to very inspirational institutions, The Art Connection helps me strengthen my relationship to Boston through my work. Knowing my photos may help provide some inspiration and solace at Hope House is tremendously gratifying.”
Hope House is an 80-bed non-profit residential treatment program for male alcoholics and substance abusers in need of help and willing to commit to recovery. Their mission is to provide effective treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse in safe, secure, community based living. Clients learn skills necessary to live a substance free life, obtain gainful employment, return to their families, and become productive members of their community. Hope House may be the first “home” these men have had in some time as they often transition from prison, homeless shelters, or the street. They recently moved to a brand new building in Roxbury that will serve as their new “home” thanks to your artwork. Donated art hangs in their common spaces, meeting rooms, and hallways to contribute to creating that feeling of home needed in such a large building.