The word “Blessing” is defined as “God’s favor and protection” as well as “a beneficial thing for which one is grateful; something that brings well-being.” This past year Strings of Mercy experienced many blessings through our work in providing comfort and healing through Live Therapeutic Music (LTM). We experienced God’s blessing through sustained growth, continued relationships with healthcare providers and affirmation from the communities we serve. Through hundreds of LTM sessions provided by our music practitioners, we witnessed the healing power of music in the lives of many patients and family members. Your financial support and prayers this year have helped us accomplish so much.
- Strings of Mercy is growing! We are now funding three part-time Certified Music Practitioners (CMP’s) at Northside Hospital Forsyth and are working with three MHTP Interns, who are completing certification requirements at two area hospitals. We are also developing processes to help new CMPs develop funding for their work as CMPs.
- We are projecting that Strings of Mercy will serve over 1,400 patients and spend over 900 hours at patient’s bedsides by the end of this year; a 70% increase over 2016.
- Strings of Mercy is in final negotiations with a local hospital to jointly fund a 6-month pilot program where we will measure critical outcomes from LTM sessions. The data will be collected and evaluated in order to provide a position of funding for LTM on an on-going basis.
- In 2017, Strings of Mercy began providing LTM for the babies at Northside Hospital Forsyth Neonatal ICU. Through a new $2,000 grant from the Northside Hospital Forsyth Auxiliary and the Forsyth County Arts Alliance grant, we can continue providing LTM services to these babies and their anxious parents. For 2018, The Gwinnett Medical Foundation has renewed funding for LTM services at GMC Lawrenceville and is also planning to allocate funding dedicated to serving babies in their NICU.
- Strings of Mercy was also able to re-brand this year with a new logo and website. Go to StringsofMercy.org to see our new look!
- In August, Strings of Mercy held our 1st annual fundraising concert with singer / songwriter Michael Card. Through the generosity of The Vine Community Church and our local community, we raised over $12,000 to help fund our mission of changing the way we care for the suffering through Live Therapeutic Music.
- We also released our 1st CD project, “Treasures from Our Past”, in November. Proceeds from CD sales will be used to help support our Music Practitioners who bring comfort and rest to those who suffer.
Hopefully, you’ve read a few of Chuck’s posts about his experiences of comforting the suffering through his music and the impact it has made on patients and their families. His Facebook and Website posts are often moving and encouraging. Because of the increased awareness and growing demand for our services, we are anticipating a very active and exciting 2018. Next year, we will be spending even more time each week providing LTM services at Northside Hospital Forsyth, Gwinnett Medical and Agape Hospice. In addition, we are already working to achieve several new objectives for 2018.
- Provide at least 2,000 LTM sessions. To reach this goal, we will need to add two additional Music Practitioners to work in their communities for a minimum of four hours per week.
- Double the number of hospitals and hospice providers served in metro Atlanta.
- Develop and implement processes that allow Music Practitioners to develop funding and raise support in their own communities through Strings of Mercy.
- Double the amount of our current grant funding.
From all of us at Strings of Mercy, we simply say “Thank You” for your generous support and prayers that have made 2017 such a special year. I am hopeful that as you consider your year-end giving and your charitable giving plans for 2018, you will prayerfully consider partnering with Strings of Mercy. With your assistance, we will expand our reach, dramatically increase the number of patients impacted, identify and place new Music Practitioners and provide much-needed services. Our goal to raise $75,000 will allow us to continue making a tremendous difference in the lives of those who so desperately need comfort and support during their stays at local hospitals, hospice and skilled nursing facilities.
Will you help us meet this challenge? Click here to donate, and thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.
Chair of the Board of Advisors
Strings of Mercy, Inc.