We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Expressive Therapies center of Toledo, and as always an essential part of the Holidays is taking a look at the year prior.
It was an eventful year. We began working earnestly inside our new residence at the Beckmann building right along the non-profit row. We also began taking in our very first care recipients and have just recently moved from being open part-time to being open full-time. We have added to our administrative staff several individuals who have graciously offered their talents in the realm of social media, grant writing, and fundraising, and we have steadily improved our bottom line with both individual and event donations up by more than 25% from the previous year. Our annual 24-hour Ultimate Run which more than doubled in size was a great boost in fiscal intake and gave us significant exposure as channel 11's Kelsey Cogan provided us with several interview opportunities throughout the event.
Looking ahead we are expecting to enlarge our care base by implementing several new programs including an addendum to our art program, which will focus exclusively on photography and image manipulation and through the targeting of specific previously neglected demographics. Currently, we are working on the development of several outreach programs, and plans are in the works to add two more charitable events as well as bringing back our Autumnal Gala, which was canceled this year in deference to a staff members wedding (Congratulations Megan Jablonowski).
On top of this we will also be changing our hours. Our new office hours are from 9:30 – 3:30 and our new Therapist and Facilitator sessions are from 4:00 – Finish. We found this to work out better for everyone and hope this does not inconvenience you in any way.
None of this would have been possible with the support of you, the public. As a nonprofit, we are just as dependent on the support of the people that we try to help to function. By supporting us, you help those who have experienced genuinely horrible and traumatic events in their past. These even have such horrible power that they will not allow these people to move on past them. Thank You for your support both financial and emotional in making the expressive therapies center a reality.
-The ET Center
To: All the participants and volunteers of the 24-hour Ultra Run
From: Chaplain Michael F. Stoepler
Ex. Dir. The Expressive Therapies Center, Toledo
In 1966 at the height of the Vietnam Conflict, a young 1st Lt., a recent graduate of the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, who had already served two tours of duty in country, was asked to come back to his alma mater and give a talk to help motivate that years senior corps. of cadets, since it was highly likely that they to would be serving a tour before the year was out. Now, those who heard that young Lt. speak, said that he was nothing less than mesmerizing and that while he spoke you could have heard the proverbial pin drop. And when he finished, there was an eruption of cheers, like nothing they had ever experienced before, in sincere appreciation for his words of encouragement and patriotism.
But when a reporter from Charleston, sent to cover the Lt’s address, asked one of those senior cadets in attendance what he (the cadet) felt was the most memorable part of the Lt.’s speech was, the cadet replied somewhat cryptically “the legs”. And when that reporter responded a bit bewildered “what legs?”, the cadet responded “exactly, what legs?”.
You see, while everyone else heard a completely enticing tale about a brave young soldier who had fought the evils of communism and lived to tell his story, the senior cadet, who had known that Lt., as they were both on the same track team just a year prior, saw only the image of his friend, his teammate, his former running companion, without any legs. He saw the absolute brutality and gruesome nature of war, and it made an entirely different imprint upon his mind than it obviously did on the other cadets there that evening.
All trauma has but one thing in common, no matter how it occurs, war, accident, disease etc., and that is the ugliness that it imparts on the minds of those who experience it.
Here, at the Expressive Therapies Center, we strive to lessen that imprint by bringing beauty back into the lives of those so affected.
Through the use of art, music, and dance our care recipients are reminded that goodness does exist as it exists in people such as yourselves who not only run to win or to achieve a personal best but also to help others move on from their devastating experiences.
May God Bless you for your support and charitable beneficence.
With all Sincerity,
Chaplain Michael F. Stoepler