(ARTIST & ART THERAPIST)
Throughout my career as an art therapist, my heart has continually been inclined towards the homeless. I have worked with all kinds of people in many diverse settings, but there is something special about building relationships with homeless men and women. I am continually humbled and learn from them in our interactions.
Making art with people builds relationships, opens doors for change, allows for personal insight, and is fun.
So the question becomes, why wouldn't I make art with the homeless?
After losing my dream job in business in 2012, I went through a period of redirection.
Through my time out of work, I realized I wanted to shift my focus to those in my home city, Dallas, who weren't afforded the same opportunities as me growing up.
Ultimately, this led me to a small neighborhood in the most impoverished area of Dallas, an area that 400 home-less men and women currently call "home." Since 2013, I -- and now a small team -- have been walking alongside many of these men in women, helping them move forward in their lives when they are ready .