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 VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
Be a part of our city of creatives by facilitating a workshop, meetup, or be on our street team to get the word out about our initatives!
SKILLS COACH SUPPORT
Connect with an adolescent coping with a traumatic life situation. Make them an apprentice through our Creative Skills Coach initative.
HOW DOES CREATIVITY HELP ADOLESCENTS COPE WITH TRAUMA?
​​Expression - The most important part of self-expression is to know and be able to tell your story.  The creative pursuits are all about telling a story and expressing emotions, wither positive or negative.  Self-expression is a significant part of gaining perspective and letting out some of those negative emotions which can lead to resilience in the face of traumatic life situations.

Regulation - What most people don't realize is that when we are angry, stressed, anxious, or sad the neurons in our brains are firing in all different directions.  If we stay in this state of negative emotions, the brain will ultimately tire and eventually shut down which can lead to rage, depression, or other dangerous actions.  By focusing on one action, such as gliding a paintbrush along a piece of paper or strumming a guitar string, the neurons only fire in that one direction which causes the brain to eventually calm down to a baseline state.

Confidence - Sometimes, the best way to learn a task, or get better at one, is to practice with those who are better than you at it.  By playing guitar with a professional musician, or having a photography session with a professional photographer, our adolescents gain self-confidence once they realize they are playing or creating with someone who does it for a living.
ABOUT US
We are always looking for ways to promote creative coping skills and educating the community about how trauma can effect the lives of an adolescent, as well as their family.  If you would like to hear more about either of these topics, contact us to schedule a Foundation Talk or click here to read/hear one of our interviews or articles.
City of Refuge, Inc. exists to connect local creatives (visual artists, musicians, makers, taste artists) with adolescents coping with traumatic life situations (foster care, adoption, abuse, neglect, human trafficking).  We do this through collaboration, coping skill education, and Creative Skills Coach connections.
OUR MISSION
IN THE NEWS
City of Refuge, Inc. is a diverse team of theraptists, social workers, creatives, business owners, foster parents, and foster teens who work together on a holistic approach to supporting creative coping skills and creating stability for the families in our community.
As foster parents since 2012, Kyle and Elizabeth Ford saw the need for stability in the lives of adolescents coping with trauma and how creative pursuits can be the answer.  In July of 2016, City of Refuge, Inc. was incorporated and its journey has only begun!
WHO WE ARE
OUR HISTORY