Photos: Memorial Students Paint Mural for the Homeless

The mural is meant to inspire and motivate families at a Painesville site

Students from Memorial Middle School gathered Saturday to paint a mural meant to inspire and motivate families staying at Families Moving Forward in Painesville.

Located in the bottom level of First Baptist Church of Painesville, Families Moving Forward is a renovated space for homeless children and families whose parents are toward improving their lives. The Memorial students are from a school program called Impact Youth Group. They got involved in the Project Hope initiative after meeting with Judy Burr, executive director of Project Hope and Families Moving Forward.

“It’s a good cause in the community,” 12-year-old Miranda Akins said, according to a Project Hope news release.

“I didn’t know anything about it, except that it was a homeless shelter – but I learned that it’s the only homeless shelter in Lake County.”

Local artist and former Project Hope shelter guest Chris Raab will finish the mural before it is presented to the site in Painesville.

Marylin Young February 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I think that the mural is a wonderful idea. AND I see Nancy Leydan in the pictures too. That woman serves others 24/7 and she is amazing. Thank you to the kids for their willingness to step outside of the norm and impact others!!
Phrank Phlat February 14, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I guess only christians are allowed at the shelter. It is a good thing atheists are smart enough find rewarding jobs.
Mentorite February 14, 2013 at 08:35 PM
@Phrank Phlat - Where does is say that only christians are allowed at the shelter?
Phrank Phlat February 15, 2013 at 01:33 PM
My bad. The sign quotes the Old Testament. That can be any of the Abrahamic religions. And I should have used the word 'welcome' vis 'allowed'. So the shelter welcomes those of Jewish, Christian, or Islamic faith. Others would not be welcome. Allowed, but not welcome.


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