Toica is our newest HEARTist so stay tuned for her professional portrait! Toica is a beautiful young woman who has been overlooked in our community with very little opportunities to help her find support. Until one day, Toica went to Code Camp invited by her bible studies teacher, Valerie Sessions and met HEART supporter and BoomTown! powerhouse, Nina Magnesson. Nina connected Toica with HEART in November 2018 and we are enjoying getting to know Toica . She is sweet and the most genuinely grateful person I have ever met. We are grateful to have Toica’s spirit at HEART and will love nurturing her growth as an artist!
Daniel Carlough is one of HEART’s newest members and our youngest at 19 years old. He is funny and unique. Daniel has a unique style of visual art and performing arts. We love watching him gain confidence and enjoyment from his self expression. This photo by Arielle Simmons is of Daniel’s first role in a HEART production and HEART’s latest production, STAR - Super Talented Actors Rasslin’. Daniel chose his own wrestling character, The Screamer with his signature move, The Scream.
Donna is one of our newest and oldest member at 50 years old. She loves puppets and has a real talent with making them come to life. Donna is a huge Bert & Ernie fan. She is discovering her lost love of making art. Her mom says she has not seen Donna draw or color since she was a little girl but that since coming to HEART, that’s all she wants to do. This makes us so happy at HEART! We love learning more about Donna as she is soft spoken, shy and gradually revealing herself.
Ryan is sweet, friendly, observant, and curious. Ryan makes everyone feel special with his kind words. He is healthy, active, and social. Ryan has good rhythm and enjoys performance art. He enjoys the outdoors, horse back riding, exercising, and being engaged in an activity. We love having Ryan's participation at HEART and he is a positive and loving influence on those around him.
Jimmy is so many things wonderful including thoughtful, engaged, sincere, helpful, honest, athletic, creative, and gentle. Jimmy's girlfriend, Eliza comes to HEART too. They have been boyfriend and girlfriend since kindergarten. Jimmy is a talented artist and loves performing, singing, and dancing.
John is a gentle, sweet, and quiet soul. He excels at drawing and can color with both hands at the same time. John loves nature and animals and is happiest watching the ducks at the pond. John is mostly non-verbal. When he is happy, he lights up a room with his smile and laughter. We love having John's sweet energy at HEART!
Austin is a sweet, gentle, and quiet soul who is mostly non-verbal. He is an active and engaged participant at HEART. He loves going for walks at the park and playing kickball. Austin enjoys playing the djembe and riding the bike at HEART. He is helpful and offers support to staff and peers. We love having Austin's sweet nature at HEART!
Kevin is a sweet, gentle, and quiet soul. He loves basketball and dancing and is really talented at both. Kevin has a sweet and beautiful voice and smile. He enjoys watching movies and seeing his own reflection. Kevin shines on stage and we love seeing Kevin shine at HEART!
Joey lights up a room with his enthusiasm and friendliness. He is a wonderfully talented masseuse and would rub shoulders all day long if we let him. Joey is a wonderful artist, musician, and loves performing on stage. We love Joey's sweet spirit and watching him sing and dance is as good as it gets! Joey has never met a stranger and everyone who meets Joey, falls in love with him.
Stuart is a sweet soul and a pure joy to be around. He is our official time keeper and keeps us on schedule at HEART. He is smart and can put a complex 100 piece puzzle together in less than 20 minutes. Stuart is engaged and has a great attitude. He was our inspiration for making t-shirts transfers because that's all he has been wearing since he was a boy. He chooses images and his parents iron them on t-shirts for him. Stuart loves 1980's culture and reciting various tv dialogue, jingles, etc... Stuart doesn't talk much but when he does; he speaks well and with enthusiasm. We love having Stuart's style and delightful ways at HEART!
Liz is sweet and playful and fits right in with our HEART family. She loves sports, art, and people. Liz is very helpful and smart. She knows what is going on everywhere at HEART and keeps us all on our toes. We all adore Liz's sweet innocence and affection.
Chris is fun & attentive. He enjoys art, heavy metal music, and WWE. Chris works at Krispy Kreme Donuts. Chris is eager for a girlfriend. He has a great sense of humor and loves to exercise. We love having Chris's beautiful energy at HEART!