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New adult day habilitation center mixes art with therapy

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ABOVE: Kristin Strebig, a co-director of The Studio Artistic Alternative Day Hab for adults with disabilities, assists Emily Jenkins with an artistic collage of a face during Thursday afternoon activities. BELOW: Kate Hemphill knits a scarf. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Ruth Miller uses a loom to make a rug from blue jean scraps Thursday afternoon at The Studio Artistic Alternative Day Hab for adults with disabilities located at Union Station. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

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Ruth Miller has spent many years of her life working on a loom to make rugs, table runners and other items.

Now with the recent opening of The Studio Artistic Alternative Day Hab for adults with disabilities, she is once again able to practice that art and even turn it into a few extra dollars.

“It’s my whole life,” the 68-year-old weaver said. “I’ve been doing it ever since I went to the school in Kenton.”

The day habilitation center, which is located at Union Station, 613 Hamilton St., is an arm of Quality Residential Alternatives and is run by co-directors Thelma Matthews and Kristin Strebig.

“Art day habs are not new; they are actually very popular right now,” Ms. Matthews said. “Even though in our population there are a lot of people with artistic talent, we didn’t have anything like it in Logan County. RTC operates two day habs and we wanted to do something that doesn’t compete with what they are doing.

“There is a real push to include this sector of our population with the ‘typical,’” Ms. Matthews added. “We discussed it with Saul Bauer (superintendent of the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities) and he encouraged Becky Warner (director of QRA) and I to do create this day hab.”

 

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