Our Mission is to bring the Arts of Knitting and Crocheting to women who are dealing with substance abuse issues, mental illness, and lives impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and family trauma. We use knitting and crocheting to achieve our ultimate goal of finding ways to Heal ourselves, find Hope, create s sense of Happiness and Joy, and ultimately raise our Spirits, Skill Sets and Quality of Life.
A major part of Knitting in Recovery’s program is to be of service to others. It strengthens our community, focuses attention outward, and brings a sense of satisfaction to know that you are helping someone else.
This year for the holidays, men and women from Knotty Knitters of Anacapa, BookEnds Knitters in Ojai, and Knitting in Recovery clients at New Visions, Project Understanding, and Prototypes all participated in knitting and crocheting for charity.
The knitters’ gorgeous goods were sent to Help for Ojai, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity Home (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura), and Shelters for Abused Women and Children in Alaska.
We hope that everyone who received these gifts feels safe, warm, and loved when they wear them, knowing that someone from Knitting in Recovery cares about their health and well-being.
We have a wonderful lady, Ladonna, who is and mazing crocheter and knitter. Her heart is so big and she is so dedicated to send off as many items as she can for the babies in shelters in Alaska. It is amazing what one person can do, and we are so very very proud of Ladonna, her continuous support to help others, and healing herself in the midst of it all!
Thank You to Luanne Pontbriant and Jacquie Lober for helping to sort, write cards and package all the knit and crochet donations to the various shelters and programs we have adopted. We delivered to Help of Ojai, Project Understanding, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Casa Serena and several shelters in Alaska and Canada.
Lots of nice fuzzy, warm knits with lots of love in every stitch!
So wonderful to be able to donate blankets free for the taking. So many worthy programs in Alaska with a great need for warmth, love, compassion. The invisible bond between Ojai and Alaska just keeps strengthening!
Here is a beautiful picture of one of the moms at one of the shelters in Alaska, wearing a handknit ear warmer from one of our ladies……and her beautiful baby!
They all so appreciate anything we can do to help keep them warm …… the babies, the children and the moms.
It is still minus 40 degrees there, and will continue to be cold through April, when it slowly starts to warm up.
So if you have a few moments to knit a hat it would go a long way. There is love and warmth in every stitch when you knit with someone or a purpose in mind. It transcends beyond keeping them physically warm……it warms their heart and their soul. Whether they “know” it or not……they will feel it!
I do have yarn for you to knit with if you’d like, and would be happy to get it to you!
Also, I have attached Thank You letters to all of you who have already donated your time and caring from two of the shelters we have provided with hats, scarves, shawls and headbands.