Create Now’s Arts and Crafts program at LA Family Housing has been provided virtually, but that doesn’t mean the kids missed out on any of the fun! Our volunteer Kelle Meschede helped the students make their craft projects over Zoom. LAFH staff member Lesem Puerto was hands on with the kids to keep track of the arts supplies and make sure they understood the instructions. She shared, “These classes provided some structure that young kids need, especially during the time of COVID where basic interaction with others their age is very limited. Art really provided our children who are experiencing homeless with an avenue to be creative, and a sense of relief from any worries their families may have.”

Some of the projects the students completed were watercolor painting, creating valentines, working with clay to make key chains, and designing bracelets from sea shells. Kelle expressed, “Through these unique projects, they hopefully won’t end up in the garbage.” They also painted name signs and self-portraits.” The kids had different arts supplies available each week to assist them with expressing themselves artistically however they wanted, thanks to supporters like you!

Kelle says she especially enjoyed “seeing what the students came up with independently. I usually led them through crafts, but always emphasized that they could follow me or do it their own way. My favorite works of art were the ones they imagined and executed on their own. Another highlight of these classes was hearing the children say, ‘Art is fun’ and ‘Can I make more?’ Making things and getting messy is crucial for children’s development, so I am honored to team up with Create Now and LAFH to help provide artistic time for these kids.”

As always, we are thrilled to be able to work with LA Family Housing to execute this program. We’re thankful for our volunteers like Kelle, who contribute their time to make the children we serve excited about the arts!