Julie Crisan is an artist that cares about people and her community. She recently discovered a cause worth supporting that moved her to action. For the months of December 2014-January 2015, she will donate proceeds of her art sales to Malea's Home Away From Home. After reading the background below, you too will see the merit in helping Julie Crisan support this wonderful cause. Details of the January 11th Art Show Benefit are located below...hope to you see you there.
Malea's Home Away from Home
After dealing with her mother's homelessness following her abandonment by her mental health care facility, Genevieve Small decided to turn her home in Georgia into a refuge for women who need mental health support or a fresh start. She needs your generous donations to improve her current home conditions to fully transform her house into Malea's Home Away From Home. For the past 30 years, Malea Marquis has lived with silent illnesses. Doctors have diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. For Malea and so many women, mental and emotional disorders cause relentless pain and agony for not only themselves, but their loved ones. Malea's daughter, Genevieve Small, spent her childhood split between two foster homes when her mother became too ill to care for her. In July of 2012, while living alone, Malea was kidnapped; her abductor bound and raped her. These hardships undoubtedly furthered her condition, making life harder for everyone involved. Hoping to find Malea a safe haven where she could recover, Genevieve placed her mother in a care home, only to be further disappointed.
When her caregiver took a week-long vacation, Malea was left at a shelter without any notification to her family or a guaranteed place to stay. On October 8, when the shelter turned her away, Malea turned to the streets without anyone knowing of her whereabouts. Panicked and afraid, Genevieve tried everything she could to locate her mother. After receiving no response from her repeated attempts to contact Malea's caregiver, she contacted the police, filed a missing person’s report and spent her birthday in a frantic search for her mother. Finally on October 17, a police detective notified Genevieve that her mother was found sleeping in a tent with other homeless people in the woods. After an agonizing week of searching and nearly losing hope, Genevieve was reunited with her mother.
Enduring stress and confusion with the realization that there aren't many safe options for suffering women, God gave Genevieve the idea to open her own adult foster care center. Malea is now living with her daughter, but Genevieve is determined to do more. After 34 years of being personally affected by her mother's situation, she feels responsible to help as many women as she can by converting her home into a center where women can feel safe and cared for and never worried about being evicted or placed back in harm's way. She had always dreamed of starting her own mental health facility and has decided to do it from her own home. Genevieve will honor her mother by calling her facility "Malea's Home Away from Home."
In order to accomplish these goals, Genevieve will need about $10,000 in donations. All monies received will be for renovation of her home to abide by state codes, including floors, carpet, paint, new blinds and plumbing, as well as bedroom furniture, a dining table, linens, toiletries, and supplies to make this facility truly a home away from home. Additionally, there will be associated costs to obtain non-profit status, a business license, and fire safety equipment which may require a sprinkler which could cost $4200 alone. With your help, she has faith this can be accomplished early in 2015.
"My Mother is talented, funny, loving and thoughtful and I thank God for her and truly desire to protect her from danger," said Genevieve. Malea's Home Away From Home will do just that by providing shelter, food, clothing, safety, love, counseling and assistance during a time of need for her mother and so many other women. Help Genevieve offer this wonderful refuge for women in her community.
A Julie Crisan Art Show to benefit Malea's Home Away from Home will be held on January 11, 2015 from 2-5 pm. Come out to support this good cause. Purchase an affordable original painting at the show and and be reminded of your support to Malea's Home Away From Home each time you look at it.
King Valley at Vinings Subdivision (Clubhouse)
1029 Queensgate Drive
Smyrna, GA 30082
Feel free to bring a friend. Look forward to seeing you there.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Enjoy, but be safe.
Julie Crisan is a self-taught artist. She enjoys painting abstracts and folk art primarily using acrylic on canvas. Her art comes framed and ready to hang for your enjoyment. Her mission is to beautify the world one wall at a time and she hopes that by keeping her work affordable it will be within budget of anyone who enjoys collecting original paintings.