Volunteer Spotlight: Celeste Michaels

Celeste teaches an art class weekly at CHI's Resource Center, a day program for homeless adults providing case management and assistance with permanent housing and an array of supportive services.

When did you start volunteering?
In May of this year.

How did you get connected to CHI?
I was speaking to Kim (Livingston, Director of Supportive Housing) and telling her how I was interested in doing a class like this. I love art. It was serendipitous.

What kinds of artwork are you doing?
I find that the women like things that they can incorporate into their lives so we've been making bracelets, painting glass jars that they can use, and making drawings that they hang in The Resource Center or in their bedrooms. My next project will be creating wind chimes.

How has it impacted you?
I decided that I wanted to go back to school for graphic design and art therapy as a result of volunteering. I start this fall at SUNY Empire State College.

What is your favorite part of volunteering?
I love talking with the women and hearing about their lives. They really open up. They have the space to share what they need to share.