New Year's Event at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center
- Where: Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center - 1891 Effie St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
- When: Monday, January 15, 2007
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center is a non-profit organization for mentally ill adolescents and adults, including the homeless, the dually diagnosed, at-risk teens, and those exiting the criminal justice system. At this visit, VAMS club members performed two concerts: one for the adolescent patients and another for the adults. Each show featured solos, duets, and trios of both singers and instrumentalists. Instruments included the flute, the piano, and the trumpet. For the grand finale, VAMS singers sang Frosty the Snowman, featuring Marissa Mekvichitsaeg as Frosty, the trumpet-playing snowman. Afterwards, the club members handed out chocolate, fruit, cookies, and cards, and chatted with the patients. As the VAMS members were leaving, patients cheered for them to return on Valentine's Day.
Cardmaking for Glenridge Center
For Valentine’s Day in 2010, VAMS members made over 1000 thoughtful and artistic Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of Glenridge Center, a home for people with debilitating mental disabilities. Though we were unable to visit the center to interact with the residents, we helped brighten up their holiday with colorful, caring cards.