Tag Archives: joy

Fairy Houses for our Neighbors

A wonderful thing happened last Friday in the Arts & Smarts Children’s Program. Yes, wonderful things happen all the time in the Arts & Smarts Children’s program, but this was particularly wonderful. All spring, the children have been building fairy … Continue reading

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A Special Place in a Special Season

This week has been a wonderful reminder of why I love Patchwork. It was full of wonderful people, performances, and experiences. Everything was free and available to anyone who wanted to join in–and a very wide range of people did … Continue reading

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Welcome to My Neighborhood

Many of the people who work and volunteer at Patchwork live within a one mile radius of our building. That includes 7 out of 10 staff members and key volunteers. And, even if someone at Patchwork doesn’t live in the … Continue reading

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Arts & Smarts After School Begins Again

We’re gearing up for the new school year at Patchwork! What impact does our after school programming have? Just last week, a woman who works in the community came to meet with us so she would better understand all the services … Continue reading

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Reports from Friends

The weather is scorching, the children’s program is on break for the month, and yet there is plenty of activity in Patchwork’s building. Monday through Thursday mornings in August our building is open for coffee, showers, the food pantry, bikes, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Summer

Last week we wrapped up another successful summer of children’s programming at Patchwork. As always, the summer was a family-like experience with multiple generations of people all participating together.  We had everyone from three-year-old Calvin participating in his fourth summer with … Continue reading

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Life Is Connections

Patchwork is in the middle of our fabulous summer children’s activities. We started two weeks ago with Art Garden Week I. It’s our biggest week of the year, with over 25 children and 25 high schoolers and adults in attendance. Participants … Continue reading

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Bikes!

The children’s program is on break and our building is open only in the mornings for the month of May, but that doesn’t mean we’re not busy at Patchwork. Every morning our building is full of visitors enjoying a cup … Continue reading

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School Year Reflections

Every year, our Arts & Smarts staff and volunteers are privileged to be part of many, many children’s learning and growth. They experience moments, both momentous and small, that tell them that a child’s life is better for having been part … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Old Friends in the Patchwork Office

Patchwork’s main office is a good place to be. Someone is always there to chat or to listen. There are other people there who know how you feel. Maybe they’ve been there themselves. At any point in the day, you may … Continue reading

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