Fighting Poverty with Passion
The newly renovated Arts & Wellness Center is finally ready to welcome neighborhood residents! Recently opened at 3900 General Taylor (on the old St. Mathias School campus), the Arts & Wellness Center offers a number of community classes and services on a weekly basis for youth, adults, senior citizens and families. The space contains a dance/fitness studio, counseling offices, a large multipurpose room for art classes, massage therapy rooms, and various partner non-profit organizations (including the Center for Restorative Approaches, which is home to Tulane VISTA Tom Zolot!).
Counseling services are offered for children, adults, couples, and families. This includes support with addressing situations such as anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, divorce, substance abuse, addiction, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and grief counseling. The AWC offers affordable counseling services on a sliding scale for all income levels, and no one is denied services based on inability to pay.
Kindermusik Classes are also offered, and for those who have never heard of Kindermusik it is pretty much the cutest (one of their classes is called “Cuddle and Bounce”.. come ON! adorable.). It’s music and movement classes for families with children 0-6 years old offered through Play and Grow Studios.
It is remarkable to see the center bustling with activity and full of neighbors, and makes the end of my year so so bittersweet. Something that has been on the horizon and a goal to work towards all year is finally here and happening, and now it’s time for me to leave. We have a huge, wonderful staff at the BIA now, and big beautiful offices. Arts and wellness programs are happening every day, and my work has been tremendously complemented by everything happening here.
In conjunction with Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell’s office and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, we hosted a job fair two weeks ago at IDIYA (also a really cool spot to check out if you are creatively or entrepreneurially inclined). It was a great experience and we hope to continue to host more throughout the year in different communities and in Broadmoor.
My year has been a fairly consistent upward line of growth, joy, and fulfillment. I’m really sad to leave this wonderful place, where they are doing such good and consistently successful and impactful work. I look forward to reading the future blog posts of the three new incoming VISTAs that get to work in Broadmoor, and I feel so grateful for all the people I’ve met and experiences that I’ve had!