Their Favorite Things

Posted: December 6, 2008 in Benevolent
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The Charlotte Observer                                                           Sunday August 17, 2008

 

Kym Gordon Moore of Moore 2 It Productions (top, from left), Mint Museum of Art docent Gwen Bland, Doves Nest facility manager Shante' Caesar, Dove's Nest volunteer coordinator Cerita Lindo and Mint Museum of Art tour coordinator Chris Lalley
Kym Gordon Moore of Moore 2 It Productions (top, from left), Mint Museum of Art docent Gwen Bland, Doves Nest facility manager Shante’ Caesar, Dove’s Nest volunteer coordinator Cerita Lindo and Mint Museum of Art tour coordinator Chris Lalley

Residents from The Dove’s Nest were part of the Favorite Things for a CAUSE program on Aug. 8, 2008, at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC. Sponsored by Moore 2 It Productions, the event gave women in recovery from The Dove’s Nest, a division of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, a day of culture and education at the museum. Favorite Things for a CAUSE, whose founders are Francene Marie Morris and Kym Gordon Moore was inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things” shows. The Dove’s Nest program provides a free, long term residential Christian recovery program for women overcoming their addiction to drugs and alcohol. It houses 12 women overcoming addictions as they receive a free 90-day Christian residential program. The goal is to return each person to the community as a viable contributor to society. (Courtesy of Francene Marie www.francenemarie.com

In order to make this field trip more eventful, each resident was given a composition book and pen wrapped in pink and green ribbon, to record information about the exhibits they viewed and any memorable thoughts and emotions they wanted to record, that occurred during their tour. Afterwards, Kym treated the women to lunch in the park where everyone had an opportunity to fellowship and talk about the lessons they learned from their docent-led tour, along with anything else they wanted to share. The idea was to have fun and enjoy the experience. 

After the tour, Kym sponsored a writing contest for all of the women to participate in, if they chose to. The contest was designed for the women to submit an essay, poetry, memoir or any personal form of expression in 300 words or less. ”All of the entries were so vivid, emotional and powerful,” says Kym. ”You could feel the depth of each contestant’s experience, as many of them connected their experience at the museum with their recovery process. It was extremely difficult to choose a winner, because they all were unique, timeless, spiritual and priceless.” A first, second and third place winner was chosen. The others were honorable mentions. Each participant received a certificate of award and a gift basket respective of her award placement.

“This was as much of a learning experience for me as it was for the ladies,” Kym continued. “I am so grateful to the Tour Coordinator of the Mint Museum of Art, Chris Lalley, and her two docents (Gwen and Sydney) for making this possible. I also thank Shante’ Caesar Anderson, Cerita Lindo and the rest of the Dove’s Nest staff for the excitement they brought to the table by giving their permission to schedule this tour and by making sure that the residents were transported safely to and from the museum. This is truly one of those experiences that will always leave an indelible mark on your heart.”

The Charlotte Rescue Mission – http://www.charlotterescuemission.org (Get involved!)
The Mint Museum of Artwww.mintmuseum.org (Give the gift of membership)

Moore 2 It Productions Creative Marketing Solutionshttp://www.moore2itproductions.com

 

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