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New Angelheart Project Underway

H.E.A.R.T. - Healing, Educating and Adjusting through Recreational Therapy

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Angelheart proposes to develop a new therapeutic intervention, the Healing, Educating and Adjusting through Recreational Therapy (HEART) program. Due to the experience of child abuse and neglect, many Angelheart shelter residents have problems socializing and communicating with others, resolving conflict with adults and peers, and managing behavior appropriately. These problems interfere with a successful transition to the post-shelter placement, typically family foster care and group and independent living situations.

Therapeutic recreation is a process that uses treatment, education and recreation for people with limitations, including emotional and social difficulties, to build and maintain age-appropriate skills, knowledge and behaviors to improve the quality of life. Therapeutic recreation can include a wide range of activities, including but not limited to arts, dance and music, games, and social and experiential activities.

Through individualized HEART interventions:
  1. Children will develop skills, knowledge and behaviors that will support successful post-shelter placement. Examples of these skills, knowledge and behavior include improved cooperative play, increased self-awareness, and an enhanced sense of accomplishment through mastering new activities.
  2. Older youths will develop skills, knowledge and behavior that will support the transition to adulthood and independent living. Examples of these skills, knowledge and behavior include decreased social isolation, an increased understanding of the use of community resources, and use of leisure activities to reduce stress.
At the group level:
  1. HEART activities will improve the group living environment by promoting positive interaction and building cooperative living skills among residents.

Vounteer of the Month

Congratulations to Irene Rapier

Irene Rapier

Irene joined Angelheart's Guardian Angels club in 2005 after reading about the shelter in Community Impact. Over the years she has become an integral part of the club and has done many things to better the lives of our kids. She is on the committee for our annual "A Toast to Awareness" wine tasting event which raised $35,000 for the shelter this year. She is also dedicated to making the community aware of Angelheart and, most notably, has involved Austin Business Travel Association in our cause. Irene acts as Community Outreach Chairperson for ABTA and over the past 3 years their annual charity golf tournament has raised money for our shelter.

Thank you Irene for all your hard work and dedication!