Providing our members with opportunities to forge social connections through meaningful activities is one of the most important roles David’s Harp plays. The Community Garden, for example, has had a profound impact on, and has been a healing force in, our members’ lives.
As one of our members shares, “When I work in the garden I feel like people appreciate what I am doing. It is enjoyable to talk to people while they work in the garden and comforting to see people work so hard.”
Another member shares, “I like the garden and the flowers and everything in it. It reminds me of when I was a kid.” Nature’s beauty and comfort is not overlooked by our members. A member declared, “I like the real beautiful flowers and all the different colors of the flowers and planting things. It makes me feel wonderful, it is wonderful for you too and for everybody.”
The Community Garden is just one of the many programs and activities in which members participate.
Our other programs include:
- Art and Music Therapy – Led by interns who are currently completing their Masters degree in Art or Music Therapy, this program helps members cope with trauma, isolation, and other effects of their mental health disorders through creative expression. Earthtones and the local and national universities we partner with generously provide support for this program.
- Community Integration Program – Members enjoy feeling connected to their communities. For many members, the daily community excursions David’s Harp offers are the only opportunity they have to integrate with the community at-large. Members visit U-Pick farms, local stores, and attractions. These trips are an important way for members to practice the skills they have learned at David’s Harp. Ride Connection generously provides funding to support the costs of this transportation.
- Occupational Therapy – Members role-play as customer and employees at the David’s Harp store. They learn how to count money, interact with other shoppers, and how to be responsible employees.
- Motor/Mental Skill Games – Members participate in engaging games to build their mental skills. Bingo is a favorite around David’s Harp!
- Daily Community Meeting – Members participate in exercise and meditation as a group daily.
- Men’s and Women’s Wellness Groups – Groups are held throughout the week to discuss gender-specific issues in a supportive environment.
- Monthly Cultural Event – A monthly party celebrates the food, music and history of other cultures.
- Pathways to Recovery - Members learn to cultivate emotional coping skills for lessening isolation, fostering resilience, helping with re-engagement back into society and recovering meaning and purpose in their lives.
- Life Skills and Social Skills Classes – Members participate in various life and social skills classes that assist them with general wellness, communication and everyday living.
“The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery and support.”
– National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2011