New Visions Clients Knit for Babies

Our clients at Turning Point Foundation’s New Visions Center in Ventura are some of the sweetest, most generous women we know!  They love knitting and crocheting projects to donate, particularly when it comes to babies.

One of Turning Point’s staff members recently had a baby, and our clients made these cozy knits for him.

Thanksgiving Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends!

What another year it has been for our “KNITTING IN RECOVERY – ONE STITCH AT A TIME” program. We continue to grow far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Each and every one of you have been such an important part of our success and outreach.

Whether you have helped financially, donated yarn – crochet hooks – knitting needles, helped knit for the homeless and other shelters we serve, shared your precious time, given encouraging words and much needed wisdom…… know that it has helped us and motivated us in more ways than one. We cherish 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 ourselves.

Knitting in Recovery (KIR) is now registered, trademarked and copyrighted. We are in the midst of editing our first book and training manual, and hope to finalize in the spring of 2017. The sooner, the better as we need to start training more teachers as our client list keeps growing.

New facilities we are serving are Juvenile Hall (Ventura County), County Teen Home (Ventura County), Evolve Treatment Center for Teens (Camarillo), Project Understanding (Ventura), The Wellness Center (Oxnard), and we continue to serve Prototypes Women’s
Center (Oxnard) and Turning Point Foundation–New Visions Center (Ventura).

At all these facilities our clients not only learn how to knit and crochet, we also integrate
them into the community. We put smiles on people’s faces as we “yarnbomb” and beautify the environment. We put on craft shows and fundraisers and a huge sense of belonging and contributing arises. We teach everyone to be of service and knit for someone even less fortunate. Being of service seems to be what the clients respond to most. Love has a way of doing that.

The list of organizations we have the pleasure of knitting for is growing as we grow: City
Center (Ventura), Friends of Fieldworkers (Ventura County), Help of Ojai, Humane Society (Ojai), Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Project Understanding (Ventura), Riverhaven (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura). ……and 6 Shelters for battered women and their babies in Alaska. It is very very cold there, and they have very few resources!

Thank You again for being part of us and for your GRACE

Lise Solvang

Knitting in Recovery – 316 N. Rice Road, Ojai CA 93023 – lise@knittinginrecovery.com 310.561.7555

The Sum of All Donations

Donations 2015 - 2

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!

Summit Day Alaska

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!

Knitting Holiday Donations 2012

The Alano Girls 2012

Here are some of the FABULOUS women belonging to the Tuesday Night “One Stitch at a Time” group at the Ojai Valley Alano Club. We’re all wearing some of the items we have knit for our annual donation to the homeless in our community. It’s a FUN bunch, and how lucky are we to have a place to go to, to belong to. A place we can safely continue our own recovery and healing. A place we can come together and knit, share, laugh……for ourselves, for others and for a higher purpose.

Lise and Donations 2012

This year is our third annual donation to The Turning Point Foundation serving the growing homeless population in Ventura County and who creates

Positive places of recovery for people disabled by mental illness

Emergency Shelter

Rehabilitation

Supported Housing

turning point foundation

We’re also so happy to have knit hats for the cancer patients at Ventura County Hospital – Hematology and Oncology Center. Thank You to the amazing nurses for their endless compassionate work. They surely keep their patients hearts warm, and we can help keep their heads warm:-)

Knitted Heart Drawing

I want to also bring attention to the AMAZING girls at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard where I teach knitting and crocheting every week.  They all got together and surprised me with countless knitted and crocheted CareSquares for the blankets and scarves we donate to Turning Point Foundation. Their lives are so full working on getting back on track and back into society in a healthy way again, and yet they feel the need to already give back and be of service to someone even less fortunate than they are. Given the chance and opportunity I think we all innately feel the need to be of service to another, I think it is part of our essence.

Prototypes Logo

 

To all the women at the Ojai Valley Alano Club and Prototypes Women’s Center

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO

THE WORLD IS A LITTLE WARMER BECAUSE OF YOU

Logo One Stitch at a Time