Albany Orgs offers art, homeless support

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (HPI) and Albany Medical College (AMC) are offering a series of art workshops for the homeless at their daytime Community Connection Center in Albany. During the sessions, homeless people will be able to explore dance, watercolor and jewelry-making classes at the center with the help and supervision of students from Albany Medical College.

“Art is a stimulating and engaging medium, especially for the most vulnerable members of our community. Studies have shown that arts programs can help homeless people explore their feelings, improve their mental health and engage in the community,” said PSI Executive Director Janine Robitaille.

The program is designed to promote creative expression, stress reduction, and self-esteem among IPH guests while providing CMA students with an educational opportunity to understand homelessness in the city of ‘Albany. “Being able to share our own artistic passions while hearing the stories of others exemplifies our collaboration with IPH,” said Albany Medical College student Shivali Gupta.

The Empowering Arts program is one of many enrichment activities and educational opportunities offered by IPH’s Community Connections program and is set to continue through 2022 with future sessions focusing on knitting, origami and Irish dancing. .

The Empowering Arts program is one of the many enrichment activities and educational opportunities offered by PSI’s Community Connections program. IPH’s Community Connections program provides homeless people and low-income families with free access to vital resources, including hot meals, food, clothing, laundry, showers, lockers, mailboxes, case management and housing assistance, as well as enrichment programs and activities. The program served approximately 1,000 guests in 2021.

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