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Press Release: Unity Health Care @ DC General Opening February 17th

Unity Health Care’s New Children’s Reading Center at Former DC Hospital Will Open February 17th

Washington, DC – Unity Health Care will unveil a new children’s reading center at its clinic in the former DC Hospital, 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE, building 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Friday, February 17. The brief program will include remarks from Vincent A. Keane, President/CEO of Unity Health Care, key staff and city officials.

Unity is the largest primary health care agency in the Washington, DC,  area, providing health care services to more than 82,000 patients annually at 29 health centers and a mobile outreach unit. Unity at DC General has grown to a site that served over 34,500 clients in 2011.  Services offered range from primary care, for children and adults, dentistry, case management and specialty services such as neurology, ophthalmology, general surgery, infectious diseases, podiatry to name a few.

Promoting Literacy to DC’s Homeless Population

Unity’s goal is to increase literacy among children during the critical literacy skills acquisition years of six months to five years. Through a partnership with Reach Out and Read of Metro DC, Unity has developed the Key Corner Project. The Key Corner Project promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room, unlocking the door to reading success

Sherry Ways of Kreative Ways and Solutions has been heading the design project for the reading room, which will include new furnishings, books, murals and accent walls. Two members of the Kreative Ways team, Bretnage Blair and Shea Capri Bartley, have been working on the project for six months.  Shea Capri, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and an intern at Kreative Ways have painted two murals for the project. This is the second Unity Reading Room redesign that Ways has led. She coordinated the redesign of a reading room at Unity’s East of the River health Center in 2008.

Also participating in the project are Cindy Athey of Percision Tech, who has donated painting services; Benjamin Moore Paints, which donated paint; and Kate Smith of Sensational Color, who also donated paint.

Invited guests include Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, and members of the City Council, Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, Federal and District officials, community leaders and stakeholders.

About Unity Health Care

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP) providing primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia.  With a patient population that is plagued by low literacy, the promotion of literacy has become an important part of standard primary care, enabling children to grow up with books and a love of reading.

About Sherry Ways

Sherry Ways started her design firm, Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC, in  2004. Ways earned a BS and a Master’s Degree with additional training in Interior Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the American Feng Shui Institute.  She holds a Certificate in Certified Color Therapy through the International Certified Aromatherapy Institute and has recently become a Certified Interior Environment Coach through the DeGangi Group.


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Update Unity Key Corner Project- Partnership Presentation for Unity HealthCare at DC General

Bretagne Blair and Shea Capri Bartley discuss their vision for the project.

Unity Foundation's Audrey White proudly displays the design plan developed by KWS for the project!

Yesterday we had a marvelous experience! Our Design Assistants Bretagne Blair and Shea Capri Bartley gave a lovely presentation to Unity Health Care Corporate team and  Color Cares National Advisory Board Member and National Color guru of  Sensational Color, Kate Smith,  on the design concept for the Unity Health Care Reading Corner Project. See our July 10th Blog post for the background on this project.  They presented two themes:  Welcome Aboard the Discovery Explorers! and Let’s Dive into Reading and Escape the Discovery Cove!

Everyone was given a special gift - the design plan and specifications.

Kate Smith of Sensational Color and National Business Advisory Board member of Color Cares reviews the design plan.

The presentation was so phenomenal, I had to share with you the reaction of Audrey White of the Unity Health Care Foundation:

The lead designers pose with Unity Health Care Corporate Team and Color Cares

KWS Principal Sherry Ways with Unity Health Care, Design Team and Color Cares Kate Smith

“I just HAD to thank you all for the beautiful experience we had today! It was pure joy to have the opportunity to reconnect with Sherry Ways, principal at Kreative Ways and Solutions who is a PHENOMENAL volunteer member of the Unity family (taking the lead on our other major Key Corner project at Unity’s East of the River Health Center, meet  Kate Smith of Sensational Color and member of the Advisory Board for Color Cares, as well as to see the DC General spaces through the eyes of Kreative Ways’ INCREDIBLE design staff interns (Shea and Bretagne).   I tell you I was speechless (which as all of you know NEVER HAPPENS!  LOL!) after an incredible presentation of two options for the corners.  The themes were “wild about reading” – a jungle theme and “dive into reading” an undersea adventure!

Perspective of Concept One- Dive Into Reading

Concept One- Second perspective Dive Into Reading

It is a Divine gift to be able to see such potential beauty in a space that is currently dismal (to put it kindly) — I am even more excited and energized about our partnership on this (and other Key Corner sites).  To top it all off – we left with an incredible gift that shares the overall concepts in a concise, organized and visually appealing way (design specification books)!”

Concept Two- Wild About Books Perspective

Concept Two-Wild About Books Perspective 2

We are excited to announce in addition to Color Cares, Pepco has signed on to be an additional sponsor.  In addition, local celebrity volunteers have stepped up to help.

News Anchor Shawn Yancy of Fox 5 News has volunteered to assist the project!

News Anchor Shawn Yancy of Fox 5 News in Washington, DC, an artist herself, has enthusiastically volunteered to assist us!  We are in need of more volunteers to help us paint and other decorative tasks.

Please contact us at interiors@kreativeways.com or 888-280-8318!

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