February 22, 2021 BY COMPASS INCLUSION SOLUTIONS
providing a creative outlet
Before the pandemic, Christina enjoyed participating in Compass Community Inclusion services. One of her favorite activities was the weekly art class at the local library. Angela, Compass staff, facilitated the class and the two connected over their love of art.
When the pandemic started in March, all in-person services were moved to an online platform. However, beginning in December, Compass Oregon has begun in-person, individualized community inclusion services. Christina was one of the first to sign up. She meets with Angela twice a week to go for walks and do art. While the library still isn't open, Angela supports Christina to explore her creativity through painting and fabric-based projects.
Christina's existing connection with Angela has helped her transition back to her favorite activities while feeling supported. "I feel great! I love the interaction with Angela and getting to do all the art." Christina's dream is to one day open her own shop where she can display her art. In the meantime, this creative outlet is an important part of staying healthy and happy until we can all be together in person again.