VISION

Bloom Creative Studio is a program of Connections for Women, a local community-based non-profit organization serving women living in the Slate Belt.

We believe art heals and that everyone deserves a chance to start over.  

Our Studio is a supportive workplace for women leaving lives of addiction and violence. They receive 2 years of rent-free housing while they heal from the trauma life on the streets brings. When a woman enters our program she begins a 90-day intensive outpatient recovery program and then continues to build a life free from addiction and violence, with trauma informed and art therapy, life coaching and vocational training. Bloom Bangor graduates go on to live successful, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives, creating a new future for themselves, their families, our community and our economy.

Bloom Bangor is a community empowering women to live free from addiction and violence.

Our program launched in early 2016 and is modeled after the successful Magdalene Nashville Program also known as Thistle Farms, which was founded in 1997.  The programs are designed not just to help a subculture of women, but to help change the culture itself.  The organizations stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities. 

Bloom Bangor provides:

  • Two years of housing

  • A community based on our motto "love heals"

  • Help to residents to live honest, sober, and self-sufficient lives

  • Educational and vocational opportunities

  • Fostering of self-understanding through personal and spiritual growth counseling

  • Life-skill building and maintenance education

  • Opportunities to work toward economic self-sufficiency through Bloom Creative Studio and other business partners

  • access to medical and dental care

Bloom Bangor's programs advocate living gracefully in community with one another. New residents are given a key and are offered the necessary resources to maintain recovery, heal from childhood wounds, become physically healthy and find employment. Residents, graduates, staff and volunteers share daily tasks, offer hospitality, build upon each other's strengths, and provide compassionate, disciplined support. 

You help a vulnerable woman start over when you attend an event or make a purchase at our social enterprise, Bloom Creative Studio.  See what's happening here and sign up for an upcoming workshop or paint party. We also welcome and greatly appreciate your financial gifts. Click here to support us financially via our secure online donation page. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.

KARIN FALCONE

  Karin  leads up our kid's Art Program and guide's each young artist to find there true artistic talent. Join Karin and the Kid's Art every Wednesday @ the studio see our calendar for classes and times. Karin also, has Glass Painting on the second Thursday of the month and the very popular "Paint your Pet Series"! Watch for Karin's different acrylic and mixed media classes on Friday and Saturday evenings!

Karin leads up our kid's Art Program and guide's each young artist to find there true artistic talent. Join Karin and the Kid's Art every Wednesday @ the studio see our calendar for classes and times. Karin also, has Glass Painting on the second Thursday of the month and the very popular "Paint your Pet Series"! Watch for Karin's different acrylic and mixed media classes on Friday and Saturday evenings!