“When the paints come out there is always magic at our Hamilton art group, especially on the gray, rainy days. Inevitably brushes are tossed aside, and little fingers and hands move the paint around (much more fun). It’s tempting to try to keep the kids painting ‘on the paper’ but at DrawBridge, when it comes to making art, there is truly nothing better than being free.” – Caroline W., Art Group Facilitator
“DrawBridge has allowed the children to express themselves and be creative. I have seen the children grow and become more confident in their skills. One child in particular was very shy and rarely interacted with others. After a few weeks of attending DrawBridge, he opened up and started helping his peers with their artwork. Overall DrawBridge has allowed our children to be themselves especially when they are experiencing different hardships and barriers.” – Eileen D., Children’s Services Coordinator, LifeMoves
“My child loves to attend the art group and I have seen a positive change in his behavior and mood!” – Parent of a DrawBridge participant
We hear these kinds of stories over and over, which is why we keep working to serve as many children as possible. The latest count of homeless children in the Bay Area topped 15,000 (reported by EdSource). With help from the community, we can cast the net even wider and increase the number of children we serve .
– We have been working with the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco to raise awareness of DrawBridge art groups. Coming soon, our kids’ artwork will be displayed in the hotel, and DrawBridge merchandise available in their boutique. Generous Marriott employees are also participating in “Denim for Dollars Friday,” which allows them to make a contribution to DrawBridge and enjoy casual Friday as their reward. Thank you to everyone at the Marriott Marquis!
– Thanks to grants from the Marin Community Foundation and the Marin Community Service Fund, we will be adding a new art group in Marin County, bringing the number of groups there to five. DrawBridge was founded 30 years ago in Marin, and is second only to San Francisco (with 10 DrawBridge art groups) in terms of the breadth of service we provide.
– Join us for some fun on July 30, starting at 6:00! As part of its “Give Back Tuesdays” program Iron Springs Public House in San Rafael is donating a portion of that evening’s proceeds to DrawBridge. Come on down for tasty burgers and sandwiches (their pastrami is out of this world), freshly brewed beer and a lot of laughter.
Come and join in the fun and reap the rewards that DrawBridge has to offer.