Hi am am Joanne George. I really like going to Namaste when I can.(Sometimes I have to work). The music makes me feel like dancing. It is fun. Some music makes me cry, like Johnny Cash Folsom Prison because he kills a person to see him die, he hangs his head and cries. But it doesn't bring him back to life. Some music makes me really happy like go grease lightning. People dance with the arms out to this song. People sometimes gets a chance to sing to their boyfriens and girlfriens too. One girl plays the piano when she gets a turn. Please help us keep it too
As a long term CLV supervisor I support your music program. Many of the people that we support wait every week for Friday music. Our people attend many different day programs but they all seem to end up at Friday music. This is such a wonderful and needed program. It is a place where people can go and just have fun and love the ;music.
Personally I am a co-op member and understand you will approach them for funding. Please feel free to use my name or let me know who I can contact regarding funding request.
People with disabilities who attend the Satellite Day Program have been going to Namaste music for over 10 years. It is the highlight activity of the week for many. Starting Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning we have non-verbal clients who
pull staff over to the schedule board to confirm that there is music on Friday!
The music program is such a highlight because it gives everyone who wants to, a chance to have the microphone and sing with the band. The band is made up of excellent musicians playing a vast repertoire of songs. People can be a lead singer in a rock band, a crooner at a cowboy bar or a Broadway star! If they don’t want to be the lead singer, they can grab a tambourine or other instrument and squeeze in with the crowd on the stage. These performances are always met by an appreciative jam packed audience!
Please provide funding to this wonderful music program that provides entertainment, a chance to connect with lots of friends and the opportunity to be a ‘Star’ to so many great people.
Mary Ann Snowden
It is with pleasure that I write this letter of support for the Namaste music program.
I am one of the Directors at the Garth Homer Society. The GHS supports over 160 adults with developmental disabilities in day services and employment. I have worked with the agency for over 20 years. Everyday I get to experience huge satisfaction as I observe the individuals we support participating in a wide variety of community-based activities – individuals who a two decades ago would have lived in institutions with little or no contact with the broader community.
There is one activity that several of our clients participate in weekly that I can best describe as a landmark – and it has been for close to 20 years. That is the Namaste music program. It happens like clockwork. Every Friday morning the many adults with developmental disability that we support, who routinely participate, can not wait to arrive at its doors. For the next couple of hours they get to make connections with friends while participating in this highly engaging, professional quality, music event. They gain in so many ways - a sense of achievement when they join the expert musicians on stage, having a venue to expressing themselves musically, and connecting with others who over the years have become a significant part of their network.
We have many clients who live for Friday morning. Frankly, I can’t imagine their world without Namaste!
I know Namaste can not run without resources and I fully endorse any effort on behalf of Terry Flatt and his staff to keep this institution going.
Richard Motchman, Leslie Sanchez, Martina Tarr, Val Hinchcliffe, Yvon Plourde
The music program at Namaste is an hour of excitement and socialization. It is great to see people of various abilities coming out and having a good time in this relaxed, casual environment. It is a program that demonstrates full inclusion of all people, recognizing their unique personalities and abilities. People can sing and dance without the fear of being judged. Everyone is encouraged to participate in whichever way they wish. I infer that this is an event that people with disabilities look forward to each week. The people that attend the day program that I am at are often excited (and sometimes rambunctious) on the drive to Namaste as some of them warm up their sing voices in the van. As a practicum student, I find the program exciting and refreshing. Music is therapeutic for any person and I believe it contributes to the holistic health of people with disabilities.
I recently heard that the funding for the Friday music program has been cut. My son Corbin attends the Friday music and it is a highlight of his week. Corbin is a cheerful, talkative energetic young man with energy to spare. One of his greatest loves is music, especially live music, played by a real band. Unlike other 25 year olds Corbin is not able to independently make plans to see a band at a pub downtown, he is not able to independently phone a friend, hop in a car or on a bus, and enjoy live music with his peers. Except at Namaste on Friday mornings. There friends gather, jump, wheel, sing, join the band on stage, and have a really good time! Corbin tells me about the songs they sing, the people he sees, and the crazy fun of Friday music.
I have seen the people arriving in the parking lot for music. There must be close to 100 happy singing excited people there each week. I do not know that I have seen such a worthwhile leveraging of so few dollars.
Thanks for your commitment to continuing the joy on Friday mornings through the Namaste music. You can count on Corbin and I to help out in any way we can.