Lasting Gifts Find Places at Heartview
Posted 7/11/11 (Mon)
Heartview patient Chris created a collage of pictures for the Residential Unit dining area while he was in treatment a few months ago. The pictures are a series of coffee cups depicting a feeling of welcome and warmth. Woven throughout the four pictures are the words to the Serenity Prayer.
While in treatment at Heartview, Chris participated in several art sessions. The patient art program was started at Heartview in May of 2008, with the help of a grant from the North Dakota Council on the arts.
Since the program’s inception, over 700 projects have been completed, with patients generally doing two while in primary treatment. “It’s been such an exciting venture,” says art instructor Sally Storslee. “I love seeing patients create stunning art that they didn’t know they could do. It plants a seed that they are capable of doing many things in life that are above and beyond what they ever expected.”
“Doing this project for Heartview gave me a lot of confidence,” Chris explains. I was so messed up when I came here. Without Heartview, I don’t know what I would have done.” Today, Chris is living a sober life, and working in the community. He visits Heartview weekly for ongoing care. “Being here at Heartview has given me my life back!”
The Lars Trydahl Family recently placed a Serenity Prayer statuette in the Residential Unit in memory of their father Lars, who was a patient at Heartview in the early 1980’s. He was the father-in-law of Chemical Dependency Technician Kasy who works in Heartview’s Residential Unit.
It is with humble appreciation that Heartview accepts these meaningful gifts from the hearts of our friends.