Ojai – Thanksgiving 2012
It has been a great year for our “ONE STITCH AT A TIME – KNITTING IN RECOVERY” program, and you have all been such an important part of our success and outreach. Each and every contribution, from yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks to your time and encouraging wisdom has helped us and motivated us in far more ways than you can imagine. We love this work that not only aids in our clients healing, it also lifts us up in our continuous efforts to be of service and heal our own selves.
This year the women at PROTOTYPES Recovery Home have gone to another dimension in their knitting and crocheting……the feel of the house has even changed, there is more calm. Not only are they knitting blankets galore for their children, family and friends, they are also being of service to those even less fortunate than they are, and knitting squares for blankets to donate to the homeless.
We have our big donation coming up in December to the TURNING POINT FOUNDATION in Ventura and the homeless will be receiving for the third year in a row blankets, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests all knitted by women in recovery at the OJAI VALLEY ALANO CLUB and the women at PROTOTYPES.
This year we have been fortunate enough to expand our teachings and services to women recovering from breast cancer. With RIBBONS OF LIFE in Ventura we knit a beautiful blanket with all the names of the women afflicted by cancer embroidered on different squares, and continue our work knitting hats and lap blankets for the women going through chemo. We also helped raise money for the AVON WALK with our knitted washcloths, big success!
We are so grateful we can help each other, one woman to another woman, be it a breast cancer survivor helping another woman just diagnosed……or a woman recovering from alcoholism or substance abuse helping another woman struggling with the same disease. There is immense strength, courage and compassion in these women.
I thank you for your grace!
One Stitch at a Time – Knitting in Recovery