Creating HOPE with Indigo Art Therapy

Operation New Hope teamed up with Indigo Art Therapy Studio to facilitate a special 5-week series of collaborative Arts and Wellness Group Workshops for clients at ONH’s Jacksonville location. The goal was to provide integrative community care that gives formerly incarcerated people a new sense of self, and a voice with which to express it. These workshops, […]

Ignite Your Creativity: Our clients starting a habit of creative expression

Numerous studies suggest that the artistic process offers a safe and constructive means of expressing, releasing, and coping with potentially harmful emotions like anger and aggression. That’s why at Operation New Hope, we incorporate art therapy into our Ready4Work program, benefiting our clients in multiple ways. Displaying artwork, prose, and poetry enables returning citizens to […]

Ready4Work clients use art therapy to practice letting go

Here at Operation New Hope, one of the activities that our Ready4Work clients partake in is art therapy. Implementing art therapy sessions as part of our Ready4Work program helps us achieve our goals of improved mental health and reduced recidivism for people impacted by the criminal justice system. Studies show that arts education can help […]

Ready4Work Clients Giving Thanks

During this season of thanksgiving, our Ready4Work clients focused on the benefits of gratitude during this week’s art therapy session. In the group session, participants looked at research that shows how giving thanks increases happiness and reduces depression.  The group also discussed how grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even […]