SoCal HeArts, Los Angeles, CA
Camp SoCal HeArts is a program for youth in foster care and other disadvantaged situations in the Los Angeles area.
In 2018, we launched a monthly music/art therapy program which will help us foster stronger relationships with our youth and provide much needed art and recreational therapy through the support of the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation.
In 2019, we partnered with Kadyn’s Place, a program that bridges the gap between the military and civilian resources that exist for victims and survivors of military domestic violence and sexual assault. Together, with East LA, we will host a seven-day overnight camp combining both of our programs.
As we look into programs for 2021, we will shift to a family based model that serves families with foster care children and those with special needs.
St. Mary's Hospital for Children, Queens, NY
Camp Lakota - In 2018, Camp TLC launced at the Wounded Knee School District in Manderson, South Dakota. And in our first year, we served approximately 30 youth that lived in the Wounded Knee District.
Camp TLC not only provided these youth with a week of music, art and games but worked closely with Empower Our Youth so that classes were offered that reflected the Lakota Culture. Although our first year was small compared to our other programs, we are committed to returning in 2018 for a bigger and stronger program.
Camp TLC surprised the Wounded Knee Elementary School on December 11th, 2017 and provided every child in the school with a set of lego and stuffed animal. Camp TLC then went to the surrounding homes and dropped off gifts at each of the campers homes and offices that served youth on the reservation.
In 2021, we will look to shift our focus to youth and families in the foster care system. Camp Lakota will launch a family camp model which will not only provide respite and fun for our families but provide resources to foster care families as we strive to build stronger communities and youth while providing respite.
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Camp St. Mary's -St. Mary's Healthcare System is one of only a handful of organizations around the country that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to children with special needs and life-limiting conditions.
Camp TLC provides 2 sessions each day to accommodate all of the day students. Each session is filled with a vareity of performers and opportuniutes that help the campers gear up for the "Showcase of Talent". The best day here at Camp St. Mary's, "Color Games/Messy Day".
And in the words of Antonio, who lives a life with a walker, and finally was given his chance to dance with our guest ballerina without his walker, "I am flying, I am flying," he said. Thank you St. Mary's staff for giving us the chance to allow our hearts to fly with your children and youth.
Camp Moki has grown from a small 20 camper program that was held at the Saratoga Independent School to an overnight camp that was completely booked in 2017. For those parents that are not able to take off time from work, we allow day campers to participate in the program as their parent’s schedule permits. Camper classes in 2018 will include Swimming, Music Therapy (Rich Ortiz), Dance, Recreation (sports) Yoga/Meditation, Art and Geo Caching (Scavenger Hunts). Parent activities will continue to include massage therapy, art therapy, yoga, and paint classes. Workshops will include educational workshops on mental health, family support, and dealing with Insurance Companies. In the afternoon, Camp Moki makes it possible for families to experience the beauty of Lake George via selected activities that are offered at NO cost to the families.
Camp Moki, Saratoga Springs, NY
Our Newest Camps
Camp Reddy will launch in 2020 in honor of Micheal Reddy and his family.
Micheal was a distinguished Los Angeles firefighter who lost his life to cancer four years ago. His wife, Kimberly wanted to do something on behalf of her three children to keep Michael's legacy alive. Kimberly, a social worker noticed that there was gap in services that offered bereavement programs for the entire family to benefit from and decided to team up with Camp TLC to establish a program that would benefit her families and others who have lost a loved one.
Camp SoDak HeArts is an extension of our work in South Dakota and our commitment to helping more families in the Black Hills. In 2020, we will launch Camp SoDak HeArts for families in partnership with Mission 22. Mission 22 is dedicated to healing American's veterans when they need it most - right now. Offering treatment for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, substance abuse and all of the issues veterans are facing today. Together, we will provide these families with connections, support services and positive families memories.
Other sites we have visited on our Journey:
Camp Sandy, Hurricane Sandy, November - December 2012
Housing Families, 2011 and 2012
Racetrack Chaplaincy of NY, 2011 and 2012
Children's Inn at the NIH, 2011,2013, 2014, 2015
For more information on these new sessions, call our office at 917.363.5154