One of the things that makes Calvary unique is the Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP), which happens every afternoon during the week. Women participate in classes that teach practical skills like how to put together a budget or computer basics. Other LEAP activities like meditation, writing or painting provide opportunities for internal reflection and expression. It’s also a time every day when women can socialize with one another and build friendships.
During a recent writing workshop, one resident reflected on her experiences at Calvary and positive outlook for her future. Her writing shows that there is always time and space to keep learning.
I enjoy art. Being able to learn how to knit, crochet, paint, and use beads causes me to interpret emotions that are deep inside. Engaging in art brings relaxation, peacefulness and contentment. These make me feel a sense of my individuality and wholeness.
I enjoy having the freedom to pursue my future. I’ve been meeting people and learning the importance of interacting and making friends for life. This way I’ll be there for others and they’ll be there for me throughout my life.
I enjoy being able to participate yet follow my own needs like everyone else does. This is why it’s important to respect others and mind my own business so we all have space to enjoy life in our own ways.
I’ll be moving into my own space soon. I’m very happy about that.