Happy Birthday to Us

By Amy F. The PEACE Program was “born” in January of 2010, so this month marks our 7th birthday. Perhaps “7th anniversary” or “seven years since founding” would technically be more correct to say since it is, after all, a program and not a person. Yet, thanks to the constant adventure that being a part of this team has been, PEACE does seem alive to me, and...

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Finding Peace

By Amy F. We’re sitting on the long doormat at the entrance to the PEACE Program, little tracks of snow melting into our pants. As the wet and draft begin to chill me, I have to remind myself what I’m doing here. On the floor. In my nice work clothes. At the end of a long day. Why am I here? Oh, yeah.  Because she’s here. My 7-year-old friend, who doesn’t want to talk about it, doesn’t want to...

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10 Things We’re Thankful For

by Nate F. In light of the Thanksgiving Holiday that we have coming up, we wanted to share with you 10 things that we’re thankful for at the Peace Program: Art Projects!   We’ve painted gourds and pumpkins, traced leaves, drawn pictures, and much more. I love seeing the creativity of the kids as they get to color, create, and convey their imaginations through art.   Laughter!   I’m...

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The Gift of Gratitude

This summer at the PEACE Program, a lot of amazing things happened. We got our hands dirty gardening, acted the part as knights and princesses, painted our faces with chalk almost daily, rode skateboards in the empty pool, made minion self-portraits, acquired numerous grass stains playing soccer, received a generous grant for our library and new flooring from the housing authority.   But, do you...

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Treasured Moments

by Nate I love getting to spend time with the amazing kids that come to the PEACE Program! I have had so many fond memories through the years of getting to learn, and laugh, and live life with our kids. One of the things that I have discovered throughout the years of being a volunteer, is that you can tell alot about how they’re doing by looking into their eyes.   You can look and get a deeper...

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Love is a Game-Changer

by Larissa We’re twenty minutes into the PEACE Program and I’m sitting at one of the tables in the homework room. Currently, I’m encouraging the young girl beside me to begin working on her character venn diagram. She has yet to be persuaded. The front door opens quietly, admitting one seven year-old boy. He stands at the threshold, looking at me, waiting for some sort of instruction. I smile...

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