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VFW AND BVA
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUNDRAISER
GREEN BEER, GUINNESS, CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE —
EVERYTHING BUT LEPRECHAUNS
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016 5:00-8:00pm
VFW POST 3586, 29205 HIGHLAND DR. SALT LAKE CITY
$12 per person — BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY, IRISH OR NOT!
PROCEEDS BENEFIT VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS AND BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF UTAH, IRISH OR NOT
FIRST 2016 GRANT
EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES UTAH
In these art sessions, Veterans who’ve returned home with challenging emotional and physical issues are immersed in a non-verbal, non-judgmental experience which can be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. Such relief can in turn lead participants to reconnect with family and friends.
OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE
- Reframing negative thinking
- Enhancing self-worth
- Positive socialization
- A safe environment in which to explore and express
- Finding value and meaning in purposeful activities
- Discovering new interests and skills
- Improving the overall quality of life
Deep-seated traumas and memories, when recognized rather than denied, may be very difficult to articulate verbally. Art Therapy takes Vets to peaceful places where fears and pains can be confronted and dealt with creatively instead of destructively.
THINK OF IT THIS WAY
is noisy is quiet
is chaotic is contemplative
denies humanity celebrates humanity
erases individuality nurtures individuality
kills the soul feeds the soul
is fear is free
WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST?
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR and ETU
Registered art therapist Ida Yoked, MPS, ATR-BC, has an MA from Prat Institute, NYC. Among other positions in NY and NJ, she was director of Creative Art Therapies and Project Us, a consumer-oriented psychosocial club house.
At ETU, she coordinates services for special needs populations, as well as workshops for educators and academic institutions.
Expressive Therapies Utah’s mission is to bring the highest quality art and music services to the community, with the therapeutic relationship the catalyst for change, and to accept and understand the individual’s unique journey.
Here’s what participants have to say:
Female Veteran who travels one hour to attend: “I don’t have a lot of trust in therapists or doctors. I have felt a lot of stress in other art groups were I needed to do things in a certain way in order to make the instructor happy. But this group has been totally different. I get to express myself the way I want to. I can breathe and relax. I can say that I have built trust in therapy because of this group.”
Male Veteran who travels two hours to attend: “I haven’t created art since I was a kid. I thought I’d try something new by coming to this group. I’m amazed at some of the things coming out of me.”
Female Veteran: My anxiety levels are usually so high that my doctors thought I might have a heart attack. Coming to this group is the only time I leave the house. I’m not the best artist, but that’s okay. I feel relaxed when making art. I just love being here.”
The James P. Huber Veterans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2012 for the purpose of providing funding and equipment to support the recreation therapy programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These programs allow disabled veterans to participate in activities related to the outdoors, the arts, sports, and community events.