Giving Hope for the Future ~ mural for a shelter

Giving Hope for the Future ~ mural for a shelter

Invisible City

Every year my church sets aside several days to give help and hope to local people who need it. Called Invisible City, it is meant to meet some of the needs of people in the area who, because of circumstances, illness or age just need help around their homes. There are a few local churches that participate, it’s a large group effort.

As a part of this local mission, a counseling center and shelter for abused women requested some work for their residence for women- Catherine Cobb House. They were badly in need of some interior painting, window curtains and a bit of something to make things a bit nicer.

My friend Sherry Peterson approached me initially to paint ‘just something small’ in a quiet sitting area, ‘just to cheer things up’ and give them hope. I said I would love to take a look at the project and see what I could do. I met with the directors of the shelter, discussing their needs in a couple of spaces. In looking at the sitting area, it really cried out for something big, and meaningful. I worked with the directors and staff on a design that included some great and meaningful quotes.

Giving Hope for the Future ~ mural for a shelter

Giving Hope for the Shelter

The room itself needed a fresh coat of paint before I could do the work. That part was done during Invisible City. The following week, I hauled in all of my equipment and painted for the entire day. It was wonderful to meet the staff, volunteers and some of the residents as I worked. I hope the work I did will give them hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Giving Hope for the Future ~ mural for a shelter Giving Hope for the Future ~ mural for a shelter I hope I was able to bring some cheer and hope to this wonderful shelter. In a small way helping women start over after leaving an abusive situation.

Ellen Leigh   

'Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can!'

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