Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CELEBRATING TRIFORM VOLUNTEER COWORKERS

By Meg Henderson


Triform’s volunteer coworkers are special people.  It takes really motivated, idealistic and energetic people to commit to a year or more of volunteer work.  This year I am particularly struck by the dedication of our coworkers and inspired by what talents they offer so open-heartedly. 

Evelin and Brandon ready for lunch!

They are the kinds of people who go above and beyond, who give of their time, without counting the hours, while sometimes having to do hard, repetitive tasks.  I am keenly aware that the quieter acts of love that include hanging out the umpteenth load of laundry or making lunch for a household everyday are beyond measure in their carrying the community and caring for all. 

Cheney and Noah on the radio

When I think of what service is, I am amazed by the variety of work the coworkers do and how uncomplainingly they (alongside the householders) do it!  These are individuals who get up at 1:00am to check the lambs and then get up to go milking again at 6:30am. They design and paint sets for the plays, harvest garden vegetables and pull endless rows of weeds and co-create the Sunday activities, meals and transportation needs.
  


Ran accompanies Lindsay on her graduation day!
They might get up with an early riser who is anxious and needs a friend, drive someone to the train station or library, entertain the community children, teach classes and become a mentor to a student, play an instrument in the Bell Choir, bake birthday cakes, work outside in all kinds of weather, welcome newcomers and visitors to their workplaces and homes, and say hard and tearful goodbyes to friends when their time at Triform comes to an end.


Jess, Evaluna and Jojo


These are individuals who care and know that they make a difference in the lives of all who call Triform home.  What they receive in return is many new life experiences, work-place training and skills, exposure to other cultures and languages and hopefully a real sense of what a life-sharing community offers.  



I know the love flows back to them through encounters with the residents, who in their own way, lets them know that it does matter what you do and who you are. Thank you dear coworkers for everything you do and all you have been to Triform.  

Blessings and love for years to come!

Johan, Pierre and Liam at the dance




Monday, July 4, 2016

William Moves On: Best Wishes

William Turits is Moving On 
Article by Meg Henderson

William
William Turits has been a long-time member of Camphill communities graduating first from Beaver Run, then Beaver Farm in Pennsylvania where he started when he was 12 years old. He has been in Triform for three years and has had three happy, fulfilling years where he made many friends and endeared himself to everyone.
During his trial visit, William lived in Halcyon house with Akiko and Takeshi and had a great time talking to everyone.  William loved to walk between
the houses, doing errands and taking messages in that first icy January (as
well as participating in all the scheduled activities!) The following Fall
William moved into Woodland house with Maggie as householder.

Family and Friends Day

The concert was just the beginning of an activity filled weekend! On Saturday morning for Family and Friends Day, we worked together on projects throughout the community including: mulching paths; clearing rocks from the potato field; creating mosaics in the pottery studio and baking dinner rolls. There was time to rest and socialize, view the beautiful coursework exhibit hung by art teacher Alison Fox and Aroon Kalsi and have lunch together to reconnect with the Triform family.

14th Annual Benefit Concert


Dar William's playing her magic
     On June 24th, Triform held our Annual Benefit Concert featuring singer song-writer, Dar Williams. More than 250 people came out to hear Dar and to support Triform in this important annual fundraiser. We are so fortunate to be able to welcome the larger community to our concerts each year in the gymnasium of the Phoenix Center. The gym was transformed into an intimate concert setting with a well-lite, well-decorated stage and a Steinway for Dar's pianist, Bryn Roberts. The concert was lovely and when Triform's Bell Choir performed "The One Who Knows" with Dar, everyone was moved.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Congratulation Tristen!



        At the Family and Friend's Weekend at the end of June, we will say a bittersweet farewell to Tristin Mosley at his Apprentice graduation. Tristin has been a day hab participant at Triform since 2007. I remember when he first started coming to Triform, I was also living in Hudson at the time and I would drive Tristin to Triform. We would start each day together. What a joy to meet him in these early hours with enthusiasm for the day ahead!

Open house May 2016

Triform once again, opened our community doors to share a brief look into daily life when we  hosted an Open House and Campus Tour on May 14, 2016. These events offer an opportunity to  experience the many and varied programs that Triform offers to young adults with special needs. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ascension Day!



On Ascension Day, May 5th, we gathered in Falcon Hall for a special festival celebration before the morning work. We sang songs, told stories and listened to Sabine introduce the Ascension Festival. Some of us went home to prepare picnics while others went to their regular work on the farm or in the garden.

Each house then drove out to Olana, a beautiful scenic spot above the Hudson River where we had our community picnic. It's tradition on Ascension Day to climb to a high spot and take in the view. We watched Reid launch a hot air balloon, a symbolic rise.