"Create" a Difference at St. John's Prescription Paint event
The Center for Missional Excellence invites every TAC church to help homeless and poverty-stricken families. For starters, join Prescription:Paint at St. John’s UMC on October 13.
Come “dressed to create” – and leave with your own masterpiece – knowing you have supported the mental health healing and self-empowerment of homeless men and women in the Houston area. On October 13 from 11 am – 2 pm, St. John’s in downtown Houston will host Prescription Paint, a memorable morning filled with food, fun and creative expression at Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth at 2019 Crawford (77002). This 2nd Annual event is an interactive paint party raising funds for the Bread of Life’s therapeutic art and empowerment program for homeless adults known as The Art Project, Houston. Paint party tickets are available for $100 each, with proceeds enabling The Art Project to help homeless men and women find meaning and purpose in their lives as they explore their creative potential.
Take a look at the statistics
- On any given night in Houston, approximately 10,000 women, children and men sleep on the streets, under bridges, in abandoned lots and other places not intended for human habitation.
- Approximately 870,000 families in Houston alone go hungry every day.
- In Texas, over 4,672,780 live with daily challenges related to food.
“Inspired by Matthew 25, the Center for Missional Excellence invites every church in TAC bear witness to the love of Jesus among the least of those in your community,” challenges Center Director Diane McGehee. “One fun and unique opportunity to do that is the upcoming Prescription: Paint event at St. John’s that raises money for The Art Project.” The Art Project is an outgrowth of the Bread of Life shelter program. The Bread of Life ministry seeks to provide solutions to homelessness, hunger and HIV/AIDS.
According to Pastor Lanecia Rouse, project manager for The Art Project (www.theartprojecthouston.org), “We have seen that art has the power to provide healing for depression, teach problem-solving skills and how to ask for help, and find a place of belonging. Since its inception in May of 2011, we have provided creativity encounters for hundreds of men and women who have been guests at the Bread of Life shelter.”
“Your support by attending the Prescription: Paint event October 13 helps us to offer homeless adults:
- Encounters – creative encounters with art activities, concerts and films
- Experiences – hands on instructional classes
- Exhibitions – the opportunity to exhibit and sell art created by TAPH participants to help them secure economic support
- Empowerment – to become “art-repreneurs,” through mentoring in money management, life skills and other tools to enable them to transition into self-sufficiency.
Adds Diane, “I have purchased two paintings by Solo, a formerly homeless man who is quite a talented artist. This is a win-win investment because The Art Project is truly changing lives.”
"People who are homeless spend a lot of time alone and they kind of get into themselves and something has got to bring them out. But we need to stay in touch with the world around us and not just turn in. In The Art Project we get to feel like we are apart of something again. When you come to these shelters you have a very disconnected feeling. When you come in the Bread of Life and you participate in something, it becomes apart of you and you become apart of it." Anna J., TAPH Artist
"We are not in a rich environment, we are in a poor environment. And The Art Project kind of, you know, helps us to keep away from being so depressed about other things. I may not have enough money to go to McDonalds, but when I am doing something, when I am doing art, I feel less depressed."
Ms. Carolyn, TAPH Artist
“Our primary missional focus for this year is to address issues “at home,” notes Diane. “With the economic slump causing many additional people to face financial challenges, you might be surprised how many struggle with homelessness in this day and time. Our churches can serve an important mission field that is right outside their front doors.”