We Care Arts

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Arts and Drafts 5K and Fest

This week we wanted to make sure you know all the details about our exciting upcoming events on August 5th. We also want to share who all is sponsoring this event and who will be involved so we can honor them and give them a big THANK YOU. 

The 5th annual Arts and Drafts Community Festival takes place on Saturday August 5th and brings together live bands, food trucks and craft beers, plus an art auction and on-site tattooing provided by nationally renowned tattoo artists including Ink Masters’  Ryan Hadley. The festival is sponsored by Kettering Health Network and Hollywood Gaming, a sponsor for the second year. Both the festival and the 5K run that morning are held to support the many programs of We Care Arts.

Food trucks Zombie Dogz and Wicked ‘Wich, will be at the festival, along with Toxic Brew and their craft beers, plus Heidelburg, and BJ’s Brew House with their wonderful root beer floats.Rocking the stage throughout the event will be live bands The Pocket Rockets, Mavis Pearly, Toni Hates Jazz, Paige Beller, Anew to Wander, Wasted Potential and Chris Heider. The art auction is comprised of pieces created by nationally renowned tattoo artists and this year’s art auction theme is “War of the Roses.” The on-site tattooing will be provided by nationally renowned tattoo artists.  And the kids will want to get their faces painted with our many cool designs!

Our local community of tattoo artists want to give back to the community, so we hold this festival and they donate the tattooing proceeds to We Care Arts.They can sympathize with the struggles that life holds for people with disabilities, since the tattoo artists grew up wanting a professional career in art and people didn’t understand that desire and so treated them differently.

The fun will be in the We Care Arts back parking lot at 3035 Wilmington Pike on August 5 and begins at 2pm. A portion of the proceeds from the tattooing, art auction, and food and beverages will be donated to We Care Arts and the bands are donating their time and talent.

The 5K run to support We Care Arts, called “Run, Stroll and Roll”, will be held that same morning at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering and is sponsored by Bockrath Flooring and Rugs and Cargill. 

A “Fun Run” will also be held at the park for those who enjoy a more leisurely activity. All participants in either run will be awarded a unique hand-made ceramic medallion created by our We care Arts' artists, along with other goodies!

We want to thank all of the other organizations that have made this run possible: 

-Runners Plus for goodies in our goodie bags for the runners
-Speakeasy Yoga for leading our pre-race stretches
-Key Sports for organizing our 5K run
-Dorothy Lane Market and Fresh Thyme for snacks to fuel our runners

 If you would like to register for the 5k please click here: http://5kartsanddrafts.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7489

Also please feel free to advertise this big day with anyone you know who would truly enjoy participating. You can share this by word of mouth or on social media. Again thank you so much for our sponsors and everyone who is helping make a difference in the community. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Art with Buddies Program

Jessie, one of our teachers here at We Care Arts, teaches “Arts with Buddies” every Saturday at the Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering. I had the privilege of sitting down with Jessie to learn more about this program and want to make sure you know about all the opportunities WCA has to offer both on site and off site. She has been teaching the class for about 1 1/2 years. The class is for children ages 3-6 with autism and the parents also stay and participate with their child. The class lasts about 6-8 weeks. When one class ends a new one begins. During the class students participate in various art projects every week such as making Valentine’s Day cards, painting bird houses, and making flower bowls out of clay using patterns. Jessie gets to know her students' interests and then picks out projects to match those interests.

We can definitely tell how much students enjoy coming to the program, especially because they love staying busy and interacting with others who have similar needs, abilities, and experiences. Jessie has received many positive comments from parents noting that they usually have to convince their child to participate in different activities, however they don’t have to convince them to come to this class because they are already motivated to participate.

Jessie finds teaching this class as something she truly loves doing because she loves playing and running around with children especially when they are hyperactive and having fun. She loves seeing students with a smile on their face as they play with playdough when they are finished with their projects because they finish their projects as different times so we always have things to keep them busy! She shared an amazing inspirational story that shows how much the students enjoy coming to this class. Jessie said, “Classes have about 4-5 students in them, and they all have their own long table to themselves. We were doing a project with markers on tin foil and they all came to one table on their own and started coloring together and sharing. Students come into the class really shy, or the complete opposite and scream the entire class. The more they come, the more they become relaxed and comfortable, which is a big deal for students with autism.”

The cost for this class is $35 for people who don’t live in Kettering and $30 for people who live in Kettering. This is the cost per child and parent together. If you are interested in learning more information or registering for this program please contact the Rosewood Art Center or look online at https://register.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/kettering.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=si&xxmod=AR&xxtype=YVART,YPART,YHUM&wbsi=si , or call (937)296-0294.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meet John Deger

This week, we would like to introduce you to John Deger, another one of our team of amazing artists.  He has been coming to We Care Arts since January 2012 after being referred by his therapist, and is more than happy to share his background, hobbies and passions for coming here.

John Deger was born in Centerville, Ohio. He is the youngest with two older brothers. While growing up, he enjoyed being the youngest as he was spoiled. John expressed some of his hobbies when he said, “I like painting, reading and watching sports, including the University of Dayton Ohio basketball team and the Cincinnati Reds.” He also truly enjoys advanced coloring books, mosaic art, and participates in two different bowling leagues. Sharing how much he loves coming here John said, “My favorite thing about We Care Arts is being around all my friends.  Everyone is so friendly.”

We look forward to introducing you to many more members of our WCA family. If you know anyone with any kind of emotional, physical, or cognitive disabilities who could benefit from being actively involved in a warm and friendly group of friends and experience different types of art please check out We Care Arts. 
http://www.wecarearts.org/ We are also on Facebook and twitter so you can learn about our programs/events as well as spread the word.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Promoting the Importance of Safety

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Let’s come together to celebrate National Safety Awareness Month.  This is such an important issue to We Care Arts, companies, restaurants, stores, and other public places throughout the community.  We want to be sure all individuals such as our friends, family, neighbors and colleagues have the most safe, happy, and healthy lives possible.  According to The National Safety Council the purpose of National Safety Month is to spread awareness and promote ways to reduce the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace, on the road, and in homes and communities.  We believe this is such an important time to consider our safety as it is summer, the time when more people are outside enjoying the weather, traveling, or participating more in community activities. 
The National Safety Council (NSC) provides some valid and important information regarding the leading causes of death and injury at home, on the road, in the workplace.  

Image result for national safety month 2017Safety at Home: According to Injury Facts 2017, about 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015. That's 146,571 times someone's ordinary day turned tragic. These deaths are at an all-time high. Often, these tragedies happen when least expected – during a vacation, while doing chores at home or while driving across town – and they are all preventable. NSC encourages everyone to be aware of hazards related to leisure and recreational activities and take proper safety precautions. Here, in order, are the top causes of unintentional injury and death in homes and communities.
#1: Poisoning: In 2011, poisonings overtook motor vehicle crashes for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death for all ages combined. Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals and other substances, but prescription drug overdose is by far the leading cause.  Learn more about this epidemic and other poisons in the home.
#2: Motor Vehicle Crashes: No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash, but motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death overall. Impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and inexperience can cause a life to be cut short in the blink of an eye. Everyone has a role in making our roads safer.
#3: Falls: More than 33,000 people died in falls in 2015. Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups, but it's the #1 cause of death for those 65 and older, according to Injury Facts 2017 The good news: Aging, itself, does not cause falls.Learn what you can do to help protect older loved ones.
#4: Choking and Suffocation: Suffocation is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all age groups, and choking on food or other objects is a primary cause. Suffocation is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for people 87 and older. Mechanical suffocation is the #1 cause of death for infants. Learn prevention and rescue tips.
        #5: Drowning: Not including boating incidents, about 10 people drown every day. It's the fifth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages, and the #1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, mostly due  to children falling into pools or being left alone in bathtubs. Learn how to keep yourself and your family safe.
        #6: Fires and Burns: Fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages. About 2,646 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fire in 2015. Often fires start at night, when family members are asleep. A working smoke alarm will cut the chances of dying in a fire in half. Learn more fire safety tips here.
#7: Natural and Environmental Incidents: Disasters are front-page news even though lives lost are relatively few compared to other unintentional-injury-related deaths. Weather-related disasters claim hundreds of lives per year. NSC encourages families to learn all they can about emergency preparedness, and always have an emergency kit on hand.

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Safety at Work: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 people – more than 13 per day – died while doing their jobs. Implementing safety measures can change these statistics. NSC Safety training builds skills needed to save lives: Workplace Training, First Aid Training, and Defensive Driver Training.  
Safety is an important priority for everyone here at WCA as we work to make sure everyone we serve gets the most positive experience out of our services and programs.  We truly highlight the importance of making sure our facilities and the medical equipment people bring in are as clean as possible to reduce the spread of disease and illness.  We also make sure every individual who enters WCA is fully aware with all emergency exits and where to go during a fire, tornado, or other emergency,  We truly hope you take this special opportunity to promote National Safety Awareness Month and educate others on how to live as safely and healthy as possible.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Update on Make Your Own Flower Pot


     We want to take this special opportunity to share with you how amazing our event was this past weekend at Town and Country Shopping Center in Kettering.  Thank you so much for being a part of this event and helping to make it the best experience possible.  For those of you who were not able to participate this time we are thrilled to announce that there will be many more opportunities in the future as they want us to continue doing these or something similar on a regular basis.  

What a great time and a great turnout at our Paint Your Own Flower Pot event at Town and Country Shopping Center last Saturday! We had over 50 pot painting artists and everyone really seemed to enjoy the event. We created quite a stir in the shopping center breezeway, with the happy noises coming from our group! 

Please make sure to be on the lookout for our next DIY event at Town and Country either on the blog, our Facebook page or our website.  If you have an idea about what we could do for our next class this fall (or any other time), please post a comment to this blog, and we’ll try to make it happen! Thank you so much!!! 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Meet Stephanie

Meet one of our many active artists who have become a huge part of our We Care Arts family.  Stephanie has been coming to We Care Arts since 2005 and we can definitely see how much her time here truly means to her and how beneficial for her health and well being. 

 Stephanie has spent her entire life growing up in Dayton, Ohio.  She is the third child in the family with two brothers and one sister.  She attended Fairmont High School then went on to vocational school studying restaurant management.

Stephanie’s favorite colors are teal and green.  She enjoys watching dramas and Grey’s Anatomy.  She likes to listen to Christian and country music.  Some of her hobbies include embroidery, hanging out with her cat, Cosmo, and swimming. 

Stephanie has a learning disability but doesn’t let her disability slow her down from being actively involved in the community.  When she was eight she began participating in the Special Olympics.  She did swimming, track, and bowling during the Special Olympics when she was younger, and continues to do bowling.  Stephanie expressed how much she loved the Special Olympics when she said, “I like being with my friends and always have fun with the competition.” One day her friend Walter from church told her about his experience at We Care Arts and she decided to start attending.  One of her favorite things about coming to We Care Arts is hanging out with friends.  She describes it as “Fun to hang out with people from different backgrounds and who have other kinds of disabilities.” Her favorite kind of art activity is painting on wood.  She has one favorite water color painting at home that hangs on her wall.  On Mondays when she comes to We Care Arts she likes to be involved with the sign language class and has helped us out by performing a few songs she learned in the class at some of our special events.  She truly enjoys learning sign language because she wants to be able to communicate with other individuals who are deaf or non-verbal, including her 21-year-old nephew who has autism.  She had an amazing experience signing “I love you” to her nephew and he signed it back.  That meant a lot to her just like that means a lot to all of us to be able to show our love and support to each other.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Let's Get Our Flowers Blooming

Paint Your Own Flower Pot!  

Get into spring with the We Care Arts’ Paint Your Own Flower Pot event!  Kids (of ALL ages) can paint a small flower pot any way they like, and we will plant a flower in it, all for $5. We provide all the supplies and our “Garden Gnomes” will be there to help!  Join us on Saturday May 20, from 10 to 2 in the Town and Country breezeway for this fun and creative event!

We used to have our Garden Party event around this time of year, but are sorry to have discontinued it. With the new fundraisers and classes that we have added in recent years, we thought that we needed to ease the workload for our already very busy staff! But we hope that all the people who enjoyed our pot painting part of the Garden Party will come to Town and Country and let their creativity fly!  

This is the perfect place to do a fun activity, network with others, and enjoy the shopping center.  Please mark your calendar and spread the word with your friends and family.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Let's Celebrate Mobility Awareness Month!

Come join We Care Arts in playing a major role in celebrating Mobility Awareness Month.  The month of May is a special month committed to bringing people living with disabilities the mobility solutions they need to live a life full of achievement, independence and prosperity.  

We Care Arts is more than proud to have the privilege to serve many individuals who experience mobility issues.  We want to make sure they receive all the equipment and services they need to be as independent as possible.  We also strongly encourage self-advocacy and advocating for others no matter where you are in the community.  

According to the Mobility Awareness Month website the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), made up of over 600 members, reaches out to communities across the United States and Canada to raise awareness of handicap vans, trucks and specialty vehicles, hand controls and steering aids, transfer seats and seating solutions, wheelchair tie downs and other adaptive mobility equipment available

Like the NMEDA and many other organizations, it is our priority to spread awareness and ensure all individuals with mobility challenges are fully active and incorporated in our community.  Below are some interesting facts that highlight the importance of celebrating Mobility Awareness Month.  

Did You Know?

  1. Over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues
  • People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States and the only group anyone can become a member of at anytime
  • One in five elderly have mobility issues
  • There are mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers and certified driver rehabilitation specialists in your community dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities
  • Automotive mobility solutions are available for people with disabilities, enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles

Were you surprised about some of the things learned or realized from these facts?  We truly hope that you take this special opportunity to promote Mobility Awareness Month, not just during the month of May but every chance you get.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Are you seeking any volunteer or internships opportunities?

 At We Care Arts we are truly blessed to have strong relationships with local universities/colleges in the greater Dayton area. Several of those colleges are Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Wright State University, University of Findlay and Kettering College. Some of the volunteers come anywhere from 10 hours to 25 hours each semester or come in for a one day observation. After the one day observations students attending typically
complete a project with their university/college to reflect on their experience. In addition to volunteers we typically get work study students from the University of Dayton. The volunteers and work study students work one on one with our clients. The volunteers have a wide variety of majors ranging from psychology to business and medical majors. Two students from UD will be participating in a semester of service this summer. On average we have about 1-5 interns every semester. This coming fall we will have students from UD’s sociology department and two students from Sinclair’s mental health department joining us.

Our clients benefit greatly from the volunteers. Some of the volunteers and clients are the same age. This allows the volunteers to understand the clients’ lifestyle and gives the clients a peer to socialize with. Having the students come gives us an extra set of eyes and ears which, is also beneficial to our clients in many ways. The students may notice something that the staff does not.The volunteers do a variety of tasks aside from working with the clients.We are also truly thankful to have volunteers to do tasks that the staff doesn’t always have time to do.

One student that volunteered in the past was studying to become an art teacher. She wrote an article on how she originally thought she would teach our clients about life but also found that the clients taught her about life. A lot of the volunteers have never been exposed to individuals with disabilities before.
We also had another previous volunteer who spent a summer with us. She was originally in medical school but after her time at We Care Arts decided changed her major to medical research. She didn’t want to work with clients and have to give them bad news. We are more than proud to hear that she opened a lab and helped invent a drug with her professor at Berkeley University. The drug is an alternative medicine for chemotherapy. We love having volunteers because we believe it is important for the local schools to be involved in their community.

If you or anyone you know are looking for volunteer opportunities or work study experience We Care Arts is an excellent place to do so. Click here to learn more about our programs http://www.wecarearts.org/ and if you have any question or want more information please call us at (937)252-3937.