a few months ago my friend ryan posted on facebook that he was looking for people to help with a project at safe place austin. they recently opened a dedicated facility for survivors to receive sexual assault forensic exams. in the first four months that eloise house was open, they performed 222 exams. safe place was hoping to paint a mural on the face of the building, to provide some comfort for the survivors. i submitted a drawing for consideration, and my design was chosen for the project!
it was a lot harder than ryan and i expected, since this was our first outdoor painting experience and it was HOT. fortunately neil’s experience carried us through.
ryan was able to raise the funds for this project through his foundation, “life really can be sweeter.” you should read his story on his website, and maybe buy a t-shirt or some hand crafted caramels. they are delicious.
it was really an honor to be a part of this project. i believe wholeheartedly in the mission of safe place austin. i am also a survivor, and i am grateful that i was able to do something to help make things a little more pleasant for those in crisis.
to see a news story on eloise house, go here.