Wednesday, June 8, 2011
New art mural will adorn south wall of Townhall II building in downtown Kent
It's a few years in the making, but at last the Healing Hearts mural is taking its place on the Townhall II building in downtown Kent. The mural was painted in 2009 by 17 teenage artists through the Arts Alive program, which was run by Family and Community Services as a collaboration between the city and Kent State University for "Make a Difference Day."
Friday, December 24, 2010
Do you have what it takes to help people in need?
It's been described as "the toughest job you'll ever love." And Townhall II needs your help to do it. The agency needs volunteers to help answer telephones for the 24-hour help line, which takes calls from people who are depressed, struggling with a substance abuse addiction or contemplating suicide. "It takes a certain type of personality to be wired correctly to do what we do," said Paul Dagas, emergency services coordinator at Townhall II. "I know we are helping people. The people who work in this department are fantastic." Dagas manages about 36 volunteers and 12 paid staff members who answer the Help line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lately they have been busier than ever. Call volume is at an all-time high this year. During …
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Weather slows prep work on south wall of Townhall II building downtown
The long-awaited placement of a mural by local teenagers on the south wall of the Townhall II building looks good for a summer installation. Officials at the Kent non-profit counseling agency said the 12-foot-by-16-foot mural, "Healing Hearts," will be in place on its building at 155 N. Water St. by the end of June. The mural was painted in 2009 by 17 teenage artists through the Arts Alive program, which was run by Family and Community Services as a collaboration between the city and Kent State University for "Make a Difference Day." Kent City Council provided$1,000 through the Celebrate Kent! grant program for the mural's installation, but no additional funding has been secured. Townhall II officials estimate the total cost to install …