What most people don’t know is that the Art of Life has been operating out of my home for the past year. As a new non-profit, during a season of growth, we believed that this was the best way to steward our resources and being “rent free” allowed more funds to go directly towards our programs and the development of the Art of life.
If you’ve volunteered to stuff envelopes at a Starbucks, picked up a canvas at a local cancer center, or met us at a “mid-way” point, it’s because we’ve been without a formal office space. Unfortunately, without an office, we have been limited in the ways we can engage volunteers and especially interns. One of our dear survivors and alumni of the Art of Life program recently said to us…
“If you can impact this many people and not even have an office, what could you do if you had one?”
While there is a longterm dream of having an Art of Life House where we can providing ongoing services, all under the same roof, our most urgent need right now is to establish a formal office space. This would allow us to host meetings, engage volunteers, and to involve interns which will further our mission of supporting all those impacted by cancer.
If you check out the Art of Life core values, one of them is faith…believing in things seen and unseen. This has been one of those seasons where we’ve just had to have faith that an office space would be provided at the right time and in the perfect way. Over the last couple of months a strand of miracles amongst our community has led us to this very exciting news…WE FOUND AN OFFICE! We are moving in as of August 1st and will have an official Art of Life headquarters at Palm/Nees (just minutes from the Art of Life Healing Garden).
This is a tremendous gift and we want to thank the survivor who challenged us just a few months ago…to BELIEVE that miracles are possible. Donna Holstein is a survivor, and alumni of Art of Life program and her heart’s desire is to see as many people as possible impacted by the Art of Life. Her donation has made it possible as well as the kindness of Gary Owens and the good folks at Russel G. Smith for us to gain this amazing office space.
We can’t wait to move in and share more with you about all that lies ahead. We will continue to be creative, resourceful, and to rely on partnerships within our community. Everyone has been so kind and supportive and for this we are grateful.
If you are interested helping fulfill some practical needs that come along with a new office space, we would ask you to consider gifting an item from the Art of Life Cancer Foundation’s Amazon Wish List.
Jenelle HigtonExecutive DirectorArt of Life Cancer Foundation