Barry Roth – Testimonial

Barry Roth, a volunteer at the Dresner Foundation Soul Studio, found his way to Friendship Circle through his love of art. “After I retired, I knew I wanted to spend more time exploring my passion for art. I soon came to realize that working on my art and being in shows was a limited way to share that passion. I felt that now was the time in my life where I wanted to do more to share the art experiences I had gained over the years.” After reading about Soul Studio in the news, Barry felt called to share his expertise with our exceptional artists. “ I had no prior training or experience with special needs people, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. Now I’m going on my 5th year of volunteering! I started just going a few hours once a week, now I go two days a week and spend the whole day there.” While Barry has given so much of his time and talent to Soul Studio, he never expected the amount of reward he would gain from the artists in return. “The true joy I find there is a big reason I love being at the Soul Studio. The artists are authentic, up-front, and full of appreciation. I’m lucky to be a part of helping them discover and explore their own individual creative process.” When it comes to showing people the beauty of Soul Studio, Barry is the first to volunteer.“Come visit the studio, I’ll show you around and you’ll get to meet some very talented artists.”

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Jessica Borin – Testimonial

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Jacob Singer – Testimonial

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