When Celeste Baker became aware of the isolation that many people experience when they move from the streets into housing, her response was to create a community space that eased feelings of disconnection. Transitioning from the streets to housing can evoke a complex set of emotions; from a sense of loss to the fear of not fitting into a new situation and within people’s expectations. Despite being housed, access to food, money, and community is often limited, resulting in increased feelings of stress and disconnection. Bread Head was founded to support newly housed individuals by offering connection and intentional community. Originally focused on providing support to unhoused youth that transitioned into housing, Bread Head recognizes that many people experience a sense of disconnect from community as well as limited access to resources, things that connect them to themselves and others. Bread Head has evolved to provide programs focused on food literacy, alternative wellness methods, and life skills to a diverse array of people seeking support and community, rippling outward to impact many facets of life. Bread Head’s programs are community-driven and centered. We create safe, nurturing environments in which to grow a sense of self efficacy and personal growth, we aspire to help change negative self-narratives and to be a partner in empowerment.
About the Artist
Hagop Belian is a mixed-media collage artist. His creatures are Totems that represent the merging of a human being with their spirit animal. He regards his creations as “medicine” offerings, as they are intended to bring healing and inspirational energy to the spaces that they adorn. The totems are unique and powerful and represent different cultures, race, and gender. These characters emerge as if they had always wanted to exist in the world and they demonstrate that we are all created from the same energy that unites us together as one global community. Hagop’s intention with the work is for people to recognize their own spirit and witness their strength of character reflected back to them
erin k flood
Ron Harris, II
Communications and Engagement Coordinator
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