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August 1st Art, Wine & Design Fundraiser for Unity A Success!

Guests listen to the presentation on integrating art and design.

Guests listen to the presentation on integrating art and design.


The Art, Wine & Design Fundraiser for Unity Health Care Foundation’s Reach Out and Read Program was a huge success!  We raised funds and brought awareness of the need for literacy among young people in Washington, DC’s most underserved neighborhoods which Unity Health Care Clinics reside.  Much thanks to our sponsors:  Northern Real Urban Estate Ventures,  Harmony Dental, and Gotta Go Now for stepping up to the plate and helping us to raise the necessary funds to create this lovely event.

Many thanks to Larry White our event planner, Sharon J. Burton of The Artinista Art Advisory and Design Bureau Magazine for all the hard work and effort placed in organizing this great event.  Also, Fox 5 News Anchor and artist Shawn Yancy showed some outstanding pieces of art which were for sale with proceeds benefiting Unity Health Care Foundation.

Our Advisory Committee Members:  Kate Smith of Sensational Color, Marvin Bowser -Art Commission Board Member, Gina Merritt of Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures and Shawn Yancy of Fox 5 News did a wonderful job promoting and supporting the event.

We are so grateful to all who came out and supported.   Most of all we thank Room & Board in Washington, DC for allowing us to host our event in their lovely space and rooftop!  MUCH FUN!


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KWS Redesigning Unity Health Care Key Corner at DC General with Sponsorship from Color Cares!

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC is happy to announce the  Unity Health Care Key Corner  redesign project at the former DC General Hospital in Washington DC.  This project has been endorsed by the national Color Cares organization who will sponsor the redesign as one of their newest national projects.  Color Cares mission “is dedicated to changing lives through the uplifting and healing power of color.”  Color Cares believes that “by changing the color of one’s surroundings, we can make a positive change in one’s life!”   Principal, Sherry Ways is a Washington, DC volunteer representative for the organization.

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.  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.

To support the  Key Corner project Kreative Ways along with the team of Color Cares will redesign the Key Corner décor at the Unity Health Care clinic at the former DC General Hospital.  Kate Smith of National Color Expert with Sensational Color and  National Advisory Board Member of Color Cares will solicit donations and support from corporations, paint companies, etc., to help support the project.  The design team of Bretnage Blair and Shea Capri Bartley under Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC are busily putting together a design plan which will consist of new furnishings, murals and accent walls.

The project is considered Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC signature community design advocacy project is in the planning phase and should commence shortly.  If you are a contractor, decorative artist, or otherwise creative individual and would like to assist us with this project, contact us today at 888-280-8318 or e-mail us at interiors@kreativeways.com.

This project is a unique opportunity to unleash your creative passions while further developing your honed skills contributed to our mission.

Here are some photos of the baseline project (before)

Here is the current Key Corner interior at DC General



Another view of the current Key Corner. This space can benefit from TLC and lots of color!

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