A new project supporting women prison…
Monday, September 24 2018, marked the first meeting of a group I created with several inmates in the women's prison here in Washington state. We're calling the group GOOD GRIEF, based on the work we intend to do. While I've been involved in one-to-one volunteer work for twelve years, supporting women in prison (and their emotional selves and healing), it was in reading the book Healing Through the Dark Emotions (shown in image below) that many ideas and seeds were planted for this group. Now it has taken form 💗
Good Grief’s Aim
The aim of the group is to utilize the support, knowledge, and wisdom each person brings; to mend and strengthen relationships with ourselves and one another by creating a safe, confidential, respectful, and nonjudgmental environment to share and process; and to understand our stories as they are contextualized in the larger environment and world. Acceptance is a major component of the approach. This pertains to being willing to listen to and be present with difficult feelings, both our own and others’.
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Kate to pursue training in Nonprofit Management . . . as a means to join work I’m most passionate about into a cohesive and impactful whole. My hope is to develop a nonprofit to expand the volunteer presence at the women’s prison, doing related work, and also extend it to engage formerly incarcerated participants to integrate those leaving prison into a supportive social fabric. While the specifics are not clearly defined, I feel inspired and charged to move this work forward.
Nonprofit sector experience spans most of my adult working life. For over twenty years the people I’ve most interacted with professionally have been impacted by one or more, sometimes all, of the following: disability, trauma, addiction, dementia, a life-limiting illness or injury, incarceration, loss, isolation and/or stigmatization. Concurrently as a visual artist, an abstract painter, I experience an inherent usefulness and restorative power in creativity and expression. For more than a decade I’ve sold and exhibited works in Seattle. The nonprofit I envision aims to support the transformational recovery, reconnection, and restoration of women (currently and formerly incarcerated) into our communities. I am open to the arts playing an explicit role in this aim, beyond the metaphorical.
If you would like to be involved in the future, or just want to stay in the loop, I have added a mailing list here. I plan to post updates periodically.