On the evening of March 4th, families and friends of The Next Stop enjoyed the story of Blue in a performance called "Finding Joy". Blue came to visit The Next Stop feeling blue and was in search of joy. As she went through a Next Stop afternoon, engaged in activities and felt the warm welcome, she began to feel better. Through the joy of friendships, the joy of cooking, the joy of movement and the joy of learning, she realized her mood was lighter and she had a smile on her face.
Our music therapist Miquel Shanine wrote, choreographed and directed this special production. It was a perfect illustration of the effect The Next Stop has on not only our members, volunteers and staff, but anyone who comes to visit!
Members pre-made lasagna and desserts as they do each year. But because the COVID surge was still a threat, rather than dine together, we had a take-out container for each family. What did NOT change was the member-felt pride of success and the family-felt joy.