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                                                          Good Works

      Martin Artisan’s Guild, The                                                                          m e m be r, Bre nda
                                                                                                           Leigh, has designed
      HeART Of The Community                                                                               the plans for upcoming
                                                                                                           mural projects for the
      By Jackie Holfelder                                                                                  nonprofit’s community
         When Michaelann Bellerjeau joined Martin Artisan’s                                                gardens, which are
      Guild in 2021, she found a willing group of comrades ready                                           estimated to begin
      to join her when she became chair of The Community and                                               being installed this fall.
      Educational Outreach Committee on the guild’s board.                                                    The  murals  are  a
         A meeting was scheduled with Lauren Mustelier, director                                           long-term initiative and
      of enrichment and engagement at House of Hope (HOH) and                                              will encompass HOH’s
      the collaboration between the two nonprofits has flourished                                          four gardens over a
      ever since.                                                                                          three-year period,
         The first project was supplying the Artist’s Corner, which                                        allowing children who
      occupies a corner in HOH’s Enrichment Center, with a cabinet                                         show serious talent to
      and art supplies donated by guild members.                                                           assist with the murals in  Eduardo Gomez with HOH art
         Following that, member Eduardo Gomez held a two-  Michaelann Bellerjeau, Stuart Police Chief Joseph   hopes of encouraging  students
      week workshop for HOH’s Art4Kids program. Another   Tumminelli and Mallo Bisset                      their artistic ability and
                                                                                                           fostering their skills in project planning, neatness and staying
                                                                                                           committed until something is completed.
                                                                                                              Mustelier says, “The Martin Artisans Guild has been an
                                                                                                           amazing partner by recognizing the importance of arts in
                                                                                                           the communities we serve, connecting skilled artists to our
                                                                                                           programming, and raising funds to elevate the quality and
                                                                                                           increase the diversity of art classes we are able to offer at the
                                                                                                           Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.”
                                                                                                              On July 16, Martin Artisans Guild president Mallo Bisset and
                                                                                                           board member Bellerjeau attended Stuart’s Sixth Annual Back
             NOVEMBER 11–13, 2022
             NOVEMBER 11–13, 2022                                           STUART, FLORIDA                to School Bash. The yearly event, which is hosted by the Stuart
                                                                                                           Police Department and was held at Murray Middle School, is an
                                                                            VETERANS DAY WEEKEND
                                                                                                           opportunity for parents and community members to meet school
                                                                                                           leaders and teachers and get vouchers and school supplies.
                                                                                                              Martin Artisan Guild members contributed enough money
                                                                                                           to purchase 30 backpacks, shirts and supplies.
                                                                                                              Bisset and Bellerjeau were on hand to thank members of
                                                                                                           the Stuart Police Department for overseeing the event and to
                                                                                                           meet other community members.
                                                                                                              So far, it’s been a great start to the “Art Hands on Deck”
                                                                                                           program, but it’s just the beginning. There are lots of plans in the
                                                                                                           works for more collaborations with Martin County nonprofits.
                                                                                                              Bellerjeau is enthusiastic about the future. “When I stepped
                                                                                                           into this position, I found the guild already had many talented
                                                                                                           artists sharing their ability and time as volunteers. When
                                                                                                           connecting our artists to projects, I’m very grateful, it’s such
                                                                                                           a joy to see the hearts of our members as they use their vast
                                                                                                           experiences, skill, creativity and funds to help people from
                                                                                                           other nonprofits in Martin County.”
                                                                                                              For information about the Martin Artisans Guild, visit
                                                                                                                        Photos provided by Martin Artisans Guild

                                                                                                           Guardians For New Futures

                                                                                                           Children’s Advocacy Center,

                                                                                                           Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
                                                                                                           And Celebration

                                                                                                              Nearly 200 supporters of the new children’s advocacy
                                                                                                           center accepted the invitation to celebrate the grand opening
                                                                                                           of the “Circle of Care,” designed to improve recovery
                                                                                                           outcomes for abused children within the 19th Circuit. The
                                                                                                           vision for Guardians is to be the leading innovators in the
                                                                                                           fight to end child abuse.
                                                                                                              The task of drawing the supporters to the facility, located
                                                                                                           at 8561 S. Commerce Centre Drive in Port St. Lucie, proved
                                                                                                           to be reasonably easy. Bringing together the various child-
                                                                                                           welfare agencies under the same roof took time and funding.
                                                                                                           Thanks to the unwavering determination of Guardians for
                                                                                                           New Futures President Debbie Butler, things began to come
                                                                                                           together. Quite incredibly the project was completed within
                                                                                                           just 16 months from the initial launch in January 2021 to
                                                                                                           completion in April 2022.
                                                                                                              Many generous donors stepped forward, including Peter
                                                                                                           Jones, Richard and Lori Tambone, Cleveland Clinic, Andrew
                                                                                                           and Robin Hunt, Morgridge Family Foundation, BIMWERX,
                                                                                                           Native Bloom and more. And, thanks to the hard work
                                                                                                           of State Senator Gayle Harrell, who, together with State
                                                                                                           Representative Dana Trabulsy, helped secure an additional
                                                                                                           $1.3 million, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in June 2021.
                                                                                                              Addressing the crowd, Senator Harrell stated, “We are a
                                                                                                           community-based system based on partnerships. This is so
                                                                                                           key to the vision that the state of Florida has for taking care
                                                                                                           of children.”
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