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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.

Simple Feng Shui Inspired Environmental Tips for Children’s Health in the Home.

Feng Shui is a powerful tool to create a healthy, loving safe environment for children no matter what room they are in your home.  Emotional and physical support using Feng Shui can enhance all the stages in a child’s development.

So what is Feng Shui?  Feng Shui is pronounced ‘Fung Shvee’ and literally translated means ‘wind and water.’  It embodies the 7,000 year old ancient Chinese art of placement which balances and enhances the environment.

I invite you to be a Feng Shui detective and analyze using your intuition and senses things about your home to ensure it is healthy and vibrant for continued growth and production for your child.

First, think about or observe whether or not your child is having trouble breathing or has asthma or other concerns.  If he or she does, ask:

What is the air quality like in your child’s room or the entire home as a whole?  Have you checked your home’s ventilation system?  Do your air ducts need to be cleaned out or replaced?  I was working with a client who informed me that her daughter was having a lot of allergies.  This concerned me.  As we began a total redesign of her home, we learned that the air ducts were never cleaned in her home and was in serious need for replacement.  In addition, one of the air ventilation system was located just outside her bedroom door!

Ways to combat indoor air pollution to protect your family:

–          Do not smoke or allow smokers in your home

–          Get your chimney cleaned regularly and your appliances serviced

–          Open windows at different sides of the home to create cross ventilation

–          Seal cracks in floor edges, pipes and walls especially basements

–          Buy an air-filter.

–          Use safe non toxic cleaning materials

We all live with electrical appliances.  However, do we really understand what the effects are of these appliances in our home and to our children?  The entire earth is permeated by magnetic lines of energy that criss-cross over its surface.  These lines are similar to our nervous system along which travels natural radiation or the electro-magnetic field otherwise known as EMFs.  Millions of adults and children may face an increased risk of cancer and other diseases because they are exposed to electro-magnetic radiation from power lines and household electrical appliances.  Even electrical disturbances from electronic equipment in your child’s bedroom can increase the risk of disease as well as sleep deprivation.  These include things like computers, televisions, radios, alarm clocks, CD players, bedside lights, etc.  You want to keep these items at a minimum or at least in a closed armoire or cabinet so these do not affect the health of your child.

There are several ways you can reduce the positive ions in your home that may be harmful to your child:

-Keep electrical equipment away from your child’s bed

-Get an ioniser

-Keep a comfortable indoor humidity by ventilating to the outside.

– Use less electrical equipment

-Burn cleansing and purifying aromatherapy oils.

Next  assess the clutter level of your home and your child’s room.  It is generally a rule that children watch and emmulate adult behavior.  So let’s examine whether or not you are living a clutter free lifestyle.  You see, in the world of Feng Shui, clutter does not allow for the free circulation of good energy in the home.  When energy circulates, responses and moves about a space it will clog up or become depleted when too much clutter is in place.  This does not create a good situation for anyone including your child in the home.

Some things to do to create a clutter free environment for your child:

–         take time to clear any clutter in spaces outside the child’s room

–         create a clear system of organization to clear out your child’s clutter.  Toy    boxes, shelving and other systems are great to implement and are not very expensive- check out resources and products at stores like Target or IKEA.

–         Teach your child a clear and simple organization system in a way that will  help them to stick to it.

–         Allow for patience and time to use whatever system you come up with so that your child get’s acclimated to it.  Reward your child in some healthy way when the system is used successfully.

The main feng shui goal in transforming living spaces into healthy ones for children is to create a healthy, loving and safe environment for all who enter.

Top Five Tips to Decorate Your Child’s Room

Decorating a child’s room should be lots of fun.  But with a small, powerful critic judging your every move, making choices can be stressful.  What will my child like?  Will this be sturdy enough?  Will it last?

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when starting a child’s room redo:

1.     Keep your child involved

It may seem obvious, but most parents forget to ask their young children what they want when it comes to room design.  You may not be able to honor every wish, but you can certainly keep your child involved in the process.  By recognizing your child’s opinions, you show respect, the room will more likely reflect their desires, and they will feel ownership and pride.

2.     Your child, the artist

You child’s artwork not only makes for colorful accessories on the walls, but it works as a confidence booster.  Frame an art project as you would any other special piece.  By treating your child’s work as special, they will feel special.  And they will know that they are contributing to the beauty of their room.

3.     Keep storage low

Children can’t put their things away if the storage is too high.  To make it more likely that toys will be cleaned up, provide convenient storage.  Colorful bins and suitcases make great storage for under the bed.

4.     Using color

One mistake parents make is painting the entire room in the child’s favorite color.  This can turn out to be overwhelming.  A room painted completely bright pink can be stifling and cause anxiety.  And since children change their mind so often, you may be forced to repaint quickly.  Instead, choose accessories, like pillows, rugs, bedding, and artwork in the child’s favorite color.

5.     Remember function

You always want to keep function in mind when designing a room, and this is never more important than with children.  A pretty window shade, for example, will be a real disruption if it lets in too much light and wakes the child up early in the morning.  Decorative bedding can be beautiful, but if it is too difficult for the child to make his bed, it quickly loses its appeal.

By getting creative and keeping function in mind, you can create a beautiful, efficient, practical child’s room.  Have fun!

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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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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