The Healing Place Courtyard Development Committee held a luncheon at the Women’s Club of Raleigh on Tuesday, May 22, to celebrate The Healing Place and spread their mission of creating a courtyard to further enhance the facility.
Recently appointed NC Secretary of Health and Human Services Carmen Hooker Buell gave the keynote address. Buell cited the statistic that over 2,000 people in Wake County spend the night homeless each evening. “The Healing Place is not your average homeless center,” she said. “Community treatment is the best system of care, and the Healing Place is a beautiful example.”
Thanks to an anonymous donation, the Courtyard Development Committee commissioned area artist Thomas Sayre to create a sculpture around which the rest of the garden is based. Sayre’s sculpture served as a theme for the event, from table décor to dessert presentation. His earthen piece symbolizes a barrier beyond which is an open doorway.
Committee Chairman Carol Bilbro spoke of the sculpture and its meaning to the men in The Healing Place program. She said she