Broken bowls get golden repair

Sisters Chloe (left) and Kaleah hold their broken bowls created at a youth grief session last summer.

“Stuff gets better.” That’s the title 10-year-old Kaleah gave to her broken bowl. She and her older sister, Chloe, were devastated when their father died a year ago. They both made a broken bowl last summer at our youth grief session. This activity was based on a Japanese tradition of restoring broken pottery through “golden repair.” The pieces are decorated and glued together into a work of art and resilience.

Humans are like vessels and we hold many things. Yet it’s easy to break under the weight of grief or illness—or a global pandemic. When we cope with trauma in a positive way it transforms our brokenness into strength and beauty.

We are celebrating you and other generous donors who gave our agency the strength and resources to carry on through COVID-19. Together you raised $623,532 in fiscal year 2020. Your support helped grieving children like Kaleah and Chloe as well as vulnerable patients needing charity care. Community donations also helped us purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits and cleaning supplies to keep our staff and patients safe during the pandemic.

Grieving teen Chloe is grateful for your gifts. In her words, “Making a broken bowl was a cool project because it glued things back together. It made me have hope and helped me heal a little. When I look at it, it makes me happy. Thank you.”

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