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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan
High Socks for Hope is in the business of helping people find home again.
Disasters strike - Tornados. Floods. Financial loss. Physical injury. Mental illness. Dementia.
Whether by the violent winds of a F-4 tornado, the traumas of combat, or the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, the safety and familiarity of home – with its treasures and memories – can be stolen in a heartbeat
For more than 5 years, High Socks for Hope, Inc. has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for individuals devastated by natural disasters and homeless, disabled or destitute veterans.
Now High Socks has the opportunity to help veterans and others suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia to find home again through art therapy.
In partnership with Cognitive Dynamics, another 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, High Socks will offer support to launch Bringing Art to Life Chicago, an innovative art therapy program which pairs students with veterans and other persons who have dementia, Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injuries.
Running for the past 5 years at the University of Alabama, Bringing Art to Life improves quality of life, builds empathy, fosters intergenerational and intercultural relationships, combats stigma around aging and mental illness, and honors the life stories and personhood of individuals with cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
The process of art making brings up old memories and experiences locked deep inside the mind, memories of home and relationships. These memories can provide comfort, safety and familiarity to a world that has been rocked by the storms of dementia.
Tapping into these memories can enable caregivers to find the way back into their loves ones’ hearts. One of the greatest losses in dementia is the loss of relationship. Art making, and the memories and stories that come out in this process, make these relationships possible again.
Bringing Art to Life Chicago is building partnerships with schools, veterans organizations, art therapists, civic groups, elder centers, research organizations, long term care facilities and a broad spectrum of other individuals and groups in Chicago to provide this programming to the people who need help – who are desperately looking for some ray of hope in the midst of the storm.
Your tax deductible donation to High Socks for Hope for Bringing Art to Life Chicago will help to support this unique, vital program and promote its expansion in Chicago and other regions.
High Socks for Hope’s veteran assistance program began in late 2014 with the Valor Grove project. The organization has worked closely with Tuscaloosa Veteran Affairs to fully furnish over 50 transitional units at Valor Grove. Valor Grove is a complex that provides a safe place for veterans to live while transitioning from military to civilian life.Often, when a veteran transitions out into the community, High Socks For Hope will assist them with furniture for their permanent home.
High Socks For Hope also works with the Homeless Veteran's Unit at the Tuscaloosa VA to help veterans who are not moving into Valor Grove but elsewhere in the community. When furnishing homes in the community, the organization provides new residents a new bed, bedding, a basic kitchen box, a bathroom, a food box and other furniture items when funding is available.