Meathead Movers Co-Founder and CEO Aaron Steed was honored as the 2019 Champion for Change at the Interface Children & Family Services "Love Is Brewing" (pp 4-6) for his nationally recognized advocacy work and providing free moving assistance for victims of domestic violence. I was proud to be there to witness this well-deserved award to an amazing friend.
During the event, several pieces of art created by survivors as part of Project Hope were shown, which gave me an idea for the cover of this issue. I found artist Lynne Barletta, who founded Catch the Wave of Hope (page 12) to lead the way to bring awareness, healing and action to abolish human trafficking in communities locally, nationally and globally. She developed The Power of Art ©, a course designed for youth or adults who have experienced traumatizing abuse and trafficking.
Project Hope features art created by Interface clients, their children, and advocates. For domestic violence survivors, art is a powerful healing tool. Project Hope raises awareness and provides hope when there is none for those who may be suffering in silence, afraid to seek help.
Art is an amazing language that can cross-cultural, social and economic lines, the pieces inform, educate and communicate the message of hope for this epidemic. www.icfs.org