Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, Ladle Fellowship, and La Jolla Presbyterian Church
Vimeo clip from their first public performance at First Presbyterian Church
Singing together in a choir is a powerful way to restore physical health, mental and emotional wellness, and create connections between people that have often been broken while living on the streets. The subtlety of the concept that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is not lost on members of a choir. My belief is in a holistic approach that feeds not only the body, but also the spirit. All music will be fun and uplifting taken from Pop, Gospel, Broadway, and other Contemporary styles.
~ Ron Bolles, Director
~ Ron Bolles, Director
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SAN DIEGO STREET CHOIR
Why Create A Choir For The Homeless?
Most often the primary concern of social service agencies is to provide food, housing, and transitional opportunities for homeless and disadvantaged people. This is as it must be. My belief is that the next step is a more holistic approach that feeds not only the body, but also the spirit resulting in even greater transformation. The marginalized people in our society are often vulnerable in ways that transcend mere physical needs.
Singing together in a choir is a powerful way to restore physical health, mental and emotional wellness, and create connections between people that have often been broken while living on the streets. The subtlety of the concept that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is not lost on members of a choir.
“It is well documented through scientific research that music brings about extraordinary physical and psychological changes in our body and brain, not to mention the spiritual, social and emotional benefits that are experienced with participation in group arts and cultural activities.” - Choir of Hard Knocks
Participation in a choir is a relatively low-cost, low-pressure way to:
· Reduce isolation and build community
· Provide a safe place for self-expression
· Support those in serious need of self-esteem and confidence
· Offer an artistic outlet for those in need of one
· Demonstrate and encourage professionalism at all times
· Present consistent musical offering for those who are homeless
· Foster spiritual and emotional healing
· Nurture hope for a better future
· Complement and reinforce the spirituality of the 12 step recovery programs
· Encourage appropriate and healthy ways to relieve stress and express emotions
· Support the development of key life skills
Similar homeless choirs around the world:
USA: Dallas Street Choir
USA: Harmony, Hope, and Healing (Chicago)
England: The Choir With No Name (London – 2 choirs, Liverpool, Birmingham)
Australia: School of Hard Knocks Choir (There are 8 homeless choirs in Australia!)