Hats Off to Volunteer Melinda Costello Who Helps Clients Craft Their Way to Stress Relief
April 17, 2014
“Creativity is like actively meditating. And, meditation is a proven stress-reducer,” says Melinda Costello, Epiphany Center’s Volunteer Jewelry Making Teacher. A dedicated DIY jewelry maker for decades, Melinda harnesses the subtle power of beads and baubles to help the women at Epiphany Center focus on something other than daily challenges.
“I heard that making art is good for women in recovery. It’s supposed to soothe the inner child,” says one of Melinda’s students. “It’s all therapeutic --whether we’re making jewelery, collages, or simply writiting,” says Melinda.
While many make the mistake of assuming artistic hobbies are merely superficial, crafting as a tool for healthy living is increasingly being taken seriously by the medical community. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health.” Promising findings included, “improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones; improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks.”
Melinda’s weekly classes allow clients to to quietly spend time together creating a tangible piece of beauty, while consistently cultivating an inner sense of tranquility.
“My mind relaxes,” says a student.
A former Mount St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth (now called Epiphany Center) employee , Melinda initially worked with the infants who lived at the center, soothing and comforting them in the absence of their mothers. “Epiphany Center feels like home to me. It’s as if I really grew up here. I was hired here in my late 20’s and have spent the last ten years involved. I learned so much here,” she says.
Hats off to Melinda, a wonderful example of the transformative power of women-helping-women. We celebrate her service. Thanks, Melinda!
Are you interested in volunteering? Learn more about Epiphany Center volunteer opportunities here.