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August 10, 2015 by Jodi Tudisco

Mirasol Clients Give Back

Mirasol's intention embodies Gandhi's beautiful words, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

When clients arrive at Mirasol, they are entrenched in their illness, which makes for a very small world with limited vision. They are often consumed with themselves and find it difficult to gain perspective. Our mission is to find ways to reach the client and broaden their capacity for insight and positive change.

One of the ways we do this is by providing opportunities to volunteer at community service organizations including local food bank, wildlife rescue and Church on the Street, and at Ben's Bells, a community-wide art therapy project that promotes kindness through the creation and distribution of handmade clay bells.

This community involvement broadens the client's capacity for connection and empathy, and makes a valuable contribution to the world that clients can take with them after their stay at Mirasol.


Mirasol clients help paint and assemble the components of handmade clay bells


Volunteers randomly distribute these ceramic wind chimes throughout the community for people to take and continue to spread the kindness to others.


Ben's Bells, which began as a means of coping with the tragic death of a three-year-old child, now has two studios in Tucson and its "Be Kind Challenge" has been adopted by more than 200 schools nationwide.

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