A popular art program at the CRS office in Homewood is continuing, thanks to the generosity of a Birmingham-area artist and Homewood CRS staff.
Since 2005, the program – funded through a grant to VSA Alabama – has given children attending clinics at the Homewood office an opportunity to explore their artistic side while waiting for appointments.
Most recently, teaching artist Mary Susan Lewis has been working with consumers to help them pass the time while waiting to see the various medical specialists at Hearing Clinic.
When the grant funding ended in May, Cynthia Murphy, a pediatric traumatic brain injury care coordinator in Homewood, began to consider ways to preserve the well-liked program.
With the blessing of CRS District Supervisor Randy Hebson, Murphy approached Lewis – known as “Miss Sue Sue” to CRS consumers and staff – about volunteering her time, and she happily agreed. Homewood CRS office staff, meanwhile, dipped into their own pockets to purchase art supplies.
Hebson said the art program is good for the kids, giving them a creative way to spend their down time at the clinic.
“Waiting can be tedious, especially for children, but Mary Susan and her art projects make waiting fun,” Hebson said.