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SAVE THE DATE! Art, Wine & Design! August 1st

KWS SAVE THE DATE(3)Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC along with our partner, The Artinista Art Advisory will be holding an exciting fundraiser on behalf of Unity Health Care Foundation in Washington, DC.  As you know, KWS has volunteered and worked to create several children’s reading corners through Unity’s Reach Out and Read Program.  We are excited that we will host our first major fundraiser for the organization on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Room & Board in Washington, DC.  The event is also sponsored by Design Bureau Magazine.  Stay tuned for further details!

KWS Nearing Completion of Unity Health Care’s Minnesota Avenue Reach Out & Read Children’s Corner

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC is happy to announce the  Unity Health Care Key Corner  redesign project at their Minnesota Avenue Clinic in Washington, DC.   KWS believes that “by changing the color of one’s surroundings, we can make a positive change in one’s life!”   The project is funded by the DC Commission of Arts through the East of the River Grant.

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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.

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To support the  Key Corner project Kreative Ways along with local and noted artist Stan Squirewell collaboratively created a mural that celebrates the medical profession  at the Unity Health Care clinic at Minnesota Avenue Clinic.    The lead designer Felipe Bravo 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 design implementation phase and a grand opening will be scheduled shortly.

 

 

Holiday Gift Giving: Support Our Latest Key Corner Project to Support Children’s Literacy

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Each year Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC volunteers to create or design waiting areas for children for the Unity Health Care Clinics in some of the most underserved parts of Washington, DC.

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as the Health Care for the Homeless Project 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.  In 1996, the organization expanded when it became the federal government’s emergency grantee for the Community Health Center programs, which expanded our patient base to include the underserved, uninsured and working poor residents of the city.  Unity’s mission is to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay.

With a patient population that is plagued by low literacy, the promotion of 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.

Your support of a Key Corner will help to furnish and replenish book supplies, provide and maintain furniture, mats and Key Corner décor, and provide resources to purchase Back to School backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies.

In 2013, we will be working on another Key Corner in NE Washington, DC at the Minnesota Avenue Clinic.  We are in need of donations for books and furnishings.  We at Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC  are requesting that you consider donating whatever amount over $10.00 that you can and in the memo or description section for the link below simply state

“Minnesota Avenue Reach Out & Read Key Corner Donation”.  We certainly appreciate it.   Here is the link.

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

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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!

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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