Mays Chapel UM Church, LuthervilleTimonium, MD– Karina Café on Jenifer Road in Timonium is a crossroads where volunteers help to provide hope and relief for families affected by disabilities, but more volunteers are needed in order to continue its worthy mission.
Volunteers of all ages and professions donate their time to run the Café’s Expressive Arts Therapy program, which utilizes, dance, movement, music, and the visual arts to stimulate the process of development and healing in those with disabilities. Christina Denny, Miss Maryland 2013, is one such volunteer. Putting into practice her beauty pageant platform “Special deeds for special needs,” Christina has volunteered at the Café for the last three years and is now a member of Karina Association’s Board of Directors.
Dawn Borig is one of the volunteer registered nurses on site. She is a member of Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, which supports the Café and donates the space. College students and graduates from Towson University and Goucher College, among others, also donate their time at the Café -- students interested in music, art, and dance therapy, such as Amanda Taylor, Haidi Dilliberto, and Jessica McAllister, a graduate of James Madison. Internships are available for students like Ashtin Price, a frequent Café volunteer, whose interest is in Dance therapy and non-profit business management. Seniors as well find Karina’s work rewarding and particularly suited to their life experience.
Karina Association is one of the few organizations in Maryland that offers the Expressive Arts Therapy model. The program provides love and REST (Respite, Encouragement, Support, and Tenderness), promotes self-worth, and provides education and hope for families affected by disabilities. Karina allows free time for parents to socialize and learn while their children, teens, or young adults work with the creative arts therapists.
Karina Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with disabilities. Biliana Borimetchkova, president and founder of Karina Association, began her work in 2008 in Bulgaria, where she rescued 25 abandoned children and young adults with developmental disabilities, placing them for adoption or in a loving small group home. Through professional services, advocacy, and raising public awareness, Karina has established an impressive record of success.
Open on Saturdays once a month from 1 to 4 pm, Karina Café serves meals to 60 people. Volunteers are needed to prepare the food, transport families, and provide one-on-one care for the severely disabled children. Churches and synagogues are invited to adopt Karina Café as their special mission. Rev. Laurie Tingley of Mays Chapel noted: “We understand that our journey toward God cannot be undertaken alone. We need others to guide us, nurture us, challenge us, and encourage us along the way. It is our heartfelt prayer that you will join us on this journey.”
Prospective volunteers and interested church and synagogue groups are invited to come to Karina Cafe on November 9th and December 7th from 1 to 4 pm to witness the healing power of Expressive Arts therapy.
Karina’s fundraising goal is to increase the Café’s hours to twice monthly, eventually opening every Saturday and after school program. It receives no government funding, so in order to accomplish this goal, Karina must raise $4,000 per month. Founder Biliana invites readers to make much-needed donations by visiting www.karina-association.org. All donations go to support therapy for special needs families. For more information, contact Biliana Borimetchkova at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 443-928-0542.
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