Support & Education Groups
Several support groups and classes take place on-site at Carpenter’s Place during the day. Group Hope is a support group for those struggling with bi-polar and depression issues. Sarah’s Circle is a support group geared specifically to women. Several Bible and devotional studies are available to any guests wanting to grow spiritually.
The Art program provides opportunities for guests to discover creative abilities and learn discipline through bringing a project to completion. Offering a safe atmosphere and a variety of supplies, the Art Room has become increasingly popular with CP guests. Completing an art or craft project will often boost self-esteem and motivation, as well as provide the discipline that will aid a guest in other daily life situations. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council, and its members.
Amazing talent exists in the homeless population. The art work of many guests has been displayed at various local art studios or featured at Rockford’s ArtScene. Other guests are extremely creative writers, and one guest even initiated a guest-written CP newsletter!