At Poetry Heals, our success is closely tied to our ability to build relationships – both with individuals and with non-profits. We’re deeply grateful to each and every organization that’s allowed us to join forces with them to provide supportive services to people in need here in the Pikes Peak Region.
While we take pride in partnering with a great variety of organizations, the common thread is our focus on clients who are survivors of trauma in one form or another, and who deal with that aftermath as well as fresh challenges on a regular basis. Together, we change the lives of these often overlooked heroes.
We also send tremendous thanks to the funders who make it possible for these partnerships to thrive at little or no cost to the already-stretched-thin non-profits of our community. To learn more about these amazing benefactors, please click here.
Wong Wares, the City of Manitou Springs, and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce
Wong Wares is a business owned by local artist and Manitou Springs firefighter Mark Wong, who specializes in raku ceramics. Together, we have hosted two incredibly successful summers of “Poetry and Pottery,” in partnership with the City of Manitou Springs, the Manitou Art Center, and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. These fun weekly events are free, easily accessible to the public, and have enriched the lives of hundreds of people. To learn more about this special project, please click here.
Inside/Out Youth Services
As the sole LBGTIQ youth organization in Colorado Springs, Inside/Out provides vital support services to youth who are courageously discovering their identities in the face of tremendous pressure from heteronormative/cisgender culture. In fall 2016, Poetry Heals partnered with Inside/Out to provide a pilot program helping LGBTIQ youth to articulate and creatively express their emotions and experiences. We hope to return and provide more healing writing workshops in the near future!
Springs Rescue Mission
In collaboration with the Bemis School of Art in the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, we took Poetry and Pottery events into the rescue mission during July 2018. The response was great, with one participant exclaiming, “This bring me such peace!”
CACTUS at the Imagination Celebration
In January 2016, our founder Molly Wingate worked with the Warrior Recovery Center‘s CACTUS program to provide a writing workshop to veterans in the Warrior Transition Unit at Forth Carson. CACTUS is now hosted by the Imagination Celebration and Poetry Heals offers regular workshops. These heroes connected strongly with the methods of Poetry Heals’ theraputic writing techniques, writing poetry they were justly proud of.
Springs Recovery Connection
Our very first project was to work with Springs Recovery Connection so our mentors could spend time with youth in recovery on a one-on-one basis. The project lasted for six weeks during the fall of 2015, during which mentors met with clients once or twice a week. Data shows that even one such encounter has a lasting benefit for the client’s coping skills. Our thanks to SRC for letting us launch our work there, and to The Gazette for this great article about the project!
Crawford HouseÂ provides temporary housing for veterans who are experiencing homelessness or are attending the Veteran Administration’s substance abuse program. Poetry Heals teaches therapeutic poetry writing workshops there in the evenings when funding allows.Â Veterans of all ages learn to use poetry to process their experiences and their traumas. We hear a lot of laughter by the end of the night!
Pikes Peak Library District and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
In conjunction with the Pikes Peak Library District, during the fall of 2016 we provided a four-session healing writing workshop for the homeless in Manitou Springs. St. Andrew’s kindly donated meeting space for this program. Our participants took comfort in being able to express their feelings through poetry, and pride in having their voices heard.
Cedar Springs Hospital
In the spring and summer of 2016, Poetry Heals mentors visited Cedar Springs Hospital, a mental health facility, to provide six weekly workshops to the high school aged residents there. The residents engaged deeply with the writing prompts, producing remarkable poetry that contributed to their ongoing healing processes.
Landmark Community School
Poetry Heals worked closely with the students at Landmark Community School, a unique charter school that provided a safe learning environment for teens in recovery. After a wonderfully successful pilot program during the 2016-2017 school year, we returned for 2018-2018 yearÂ and continued to support these phenomenal students.
Pongo Teen Writing
Our program is modeled after Pongo Teen Writing, a non-profit that’s been changing lives in Seattle for 20 years. Their founder, Richard Gold, has been gracious and generous in training our founder Molly Wingate and sharing his knowledge with us whenever we need it.