In the heart of Lewiston, ME, a tale of resilience and hope unfolds as Stars of HOPE commence their healing journey. Crafted by survivors, artists, and therapists, these therapeutic stars carry compassion messages, aiming to solace parents, survivors of mass violence, artists, therapists, and, importantly, the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Embarking on a Healing Odyssey:
Stars of HOPE in Lewiston, ME
Our recent trip to Lewiston marked the beginning of a heartfelt commitment to healing, acknowledging the diverse impact of the tragedy on the community. Crafted by survivor communities, artists, and therapists, 300 Stars of HOPE arrived on December 12th, bearing messages of love and support for a community still grappling with the aftermath of a tragic event.
As we traversed Lewiston, the community’s warmth and resilience were observable. Signs of encouragement adorned yard markers, and light-up signs proudly displaying the word “Hopeful” cast a glow of optimism. This journey, fueled by empathy and a commitment to genuine impact, was not a mere visit but the commencement of a long-term partnership with the resilient town.
Our first stop, the Resilience Center, witnessed the Stars of HOPE finding a meaningful home, specifically reaching out to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. With their therapeutic messages, the stars extend a beacon of hope to the youth, artists, therapists, and the entire community in the area. The gratitude expressed by the community members at the center mirrored the strength and unity prevalent in Lewiston.
At the local police station, our stars became symbols of gratitude and support for the officers. Reading through the messages, one officer expressed profound thanks, highlighting the ongoing need for support in the healing process.
The mayor’s office became a repository of nationwide love and hope. The secretary, astonished by the outpouring of support, ensured that the stars would be preserved in the museum, a testament to the enduring support received during challenging times.
Our journey continued to Central Maine Medical Center, serving as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of communities. Banners of support from hospitals nationwide adorned the space, showcasing the nation’s unity in times of adversity. The stars, symbols of collective strength, will be distributed to nurses, doctors, support staff, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Our final delivery, left at the doorstep of a neighboring historical center, carried the collective hope of reaching those directly affected by the tragedy, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In the embrace of art and compassion, the healing journey of Stars of HOPE in Lewiston had just begun.
This marks the inception of our commitment to Lewiston, inclusive of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Collaborating with local organizations, we are actively planning therapeutic Stars of HOPE programming to provide ongoing support for all community members.
With heartfelt gratitude to our committed volunteers for creating Stars of HOPE across the country, infusing hope into communities in need.
For immediate support, call the Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing ASL Callers: To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.