MLK DAY 2019


One component of OneEighty services in a shelter that offers respite from intimate partner violence. Clients can reside in the OneEighty shelter for as long as they need to create a healthy situation for themselves and their children. The individuals who stay in the shelter often arrive with just a few items and as a result, face the burden of creating an entire new home when they are ready to move out on their own.

On Monday, January 21, 2019 OneEighty partnered with the local volunteer organization, Care & Share, the United Way of Wayne & Holmes Counties (UWWH), the College of Wooster (COW), and Nouvelle Ere Studio to create original pieces of artwork that will hang in the new homes of clients leaving our intimate partner violence shelter. The project was funded by a grant for ServeOhio, Ohio Commission on Service & Volunteerism. The grant was in support of Martin Luther King Jr. Day which was nationally designated as a national day of service- ‘a day on, not a day off’ in 1994.

The project took place on the College of Wooster campus and engaged College of Wooster students, staff, community members, and even local high school students. The preselected picture was a peacock, and participants were encouraged to paint their interpretation of the feathers. The peacock symbolizes vision, spirituality, awakening, guidance, protection, and watchfulness, all characteristics the project hoped to inspire in both the participants and the recipients.

The project was originally planned for 15 participants during each 1.5-hour session, however, we over filled each session and ended with 22 individuals at each session for a total of 66 volunteer hours spent creating.

The completed paintings were framed and will be used in moves by the volunteer group, Care & Share. Care & Share works to completely furnish the new homes of clients leaving the OneEighty shelter to remove the burden of creating a new home among all of the other changes clients are experiences. Care & Share has been filling the role for just over a year and in that time that have completed around 40 moves for clients. OneEighty appreciates everyone who braved the weather and came out to create artwork for these moves.