The Creative Community Center

Disclaimer: This is a Visual Storytelling Workshop.
The Creative Community Center, the town of Parable, ME, the people, the places, and the stories are all a work of fiction.

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Arts

Our dedicated instructors bring years of experience and passion to each class, ensuring that your child receives the highest quality education in a fun and supportive environment. From painting and drawing to pottery and photography, our art classes cover a wide range of mediums, allowing young artists to discover their unique style. Join us today and watch your child’s creativity soar!

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Dance

Our after-school dance program offers an exciting range of dance styles for your child. Our instructors bring their passion and years of experience to every class. From ballet and jazz to hip hop and ballroom, your child can explore their enthusiasm for movement and discover their favorite style.  Join us today and watch your child’s creativity dance for joy.

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Music

Our instructors believe in fostering a fun and supportive atmosphere for kids to learn how to play a variety of instruments. From piano and guitar to flute and violin, we offer a wide range of musical opportunities for young learners to explore their creativity and discover their unique talents. Join us today and watch your child’s love for music fill the air.

About Us

Your Creative Community

Welcome to The Creative Community Center (TC3), where creativity comes to life. We invite you to immerse yourself in the world of performing arts and visual arts.  And to also discover the joy of learning life skills that are the building blocks to living a healthy and balanced life.

Cassandra Devereaux

Founder

Here at TC3, we empower women and children to explore their inner talents, express themselves, and grow in their relationship with the Lord. We offer a variety of art classes, dance classes, music classes, theater workshops, cooking classes, financial planning, life skills, and Bible Studies.

But above all, find a place where love and acceptance reign, where you are celebrated for being exactly who God created you to be. Join us at The Creative Community Center and embark on a journey of self-discovery and artistic growth. Together, we create a community fueled by creativity.

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The Adult Characters

Each of these unique characters plays a role in the story taking place at The Creative Community Center.  The characters were crafted in Daz Studio 3D software.  To read about the image simply click on it.  A pop up window will appear with the image and text.  Just scroll down in the pop up window to finish reading.

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Short Bio: She has a Masters in Social Work and a passion to help women in need. She just purchased the old Dance Hall on Main Street which is she is going to turn into The Creative Community Center. Thankfully, the main room of the Center is in good condition which means she can start classes in there while they renovate in the other rooms. Several local performing artists and visuals artists have agreed to volunteer to teach classes several days a week.
This is Cassandra’s portrait from TCCC’s “Glamour Shots” fundraiser. She isn’t too fond of having her picture taken, but it was for a good cause. She is so serious because the Photographer had just finished chastising her for being goofy (which she does when she is nervous). He told her, “Be serious now.” So, Cassandra put on her best serious face not really thinking that he was going to snap her portrait at that exact moment. Now she is stuck with this intense Glamour Shot of herself. (Can’t you just hear her “big sigh” moment! LOL)
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This is Lin Wong the Social Media Director and official Photographer. While she is just a hobbyist photographer, Cassandra was able to persuade her to do to take all the photos for their website that is being built.

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Doris Mathers is the receptionist for The Creative Community Center (TCCC). But, truth be told, she is the glue that keeps the place together. She is a mentor to Cassandra and Lin. A loving Grandma to all the kids who come for afternoon classes. And a “safe place” for the women transitioning out of Battered Women shelters. Her painful past gives her an extra dose of compassion for those around her.

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Travis Rockwell is a quiet, but friendly man who moved to the small Maine town 3 years ago. The old timers still consider him a newcomer.

Travis was an inner city middle school teacher for 10 years. He was shot in a school shooting trying to save the kids in his classroom. Travis never talks about the shooting or what he did before he was a teacher. He retired to the small town and bought a small bookstore on the corner of Main Street. He teaches kids to read. His store is right next door to the Coffee Shop which is owned by Pearl Jenkins. He has a huge crush on Ms Pearl Jenkins.

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Pearl Jenkins is a successful story of a battered woman who escaped her abuser with her young daughter Dawn. The Shelter where she stayed had a small business program that helped women by providing low interest loans for their business plans. Pearl applied for the loan and received it. She used the loan to open the Cup of Soul coffee shop in the small town.

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Mr. Dillion’s family has owned a small mom and pop grocery store in the small town for 3 generations. He is very concerned that the store is going to end with him because none of his children want anything to do with the store. Mr. Dillion has been a widow for over 15 years. His children keep trying to set him up on blind dates, but he refuses telling them that his wife was the one and only love of his life.

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Thomas Junk is a reserved quiet man who keeps to himself. He is the local handyman who is a whiz at fixing anything that needs fixing. When he heard what Cassandra and Lin planned on doing with the old Dance Hall he asked if he could help them fix the place up. He offered to do all the handyman work after everyone left in the evenings. In lieu of being paid for his handyman services, he asked Cassandra if he could play the piano and paint when he finished his work. Nobody in town really knows much about Thomas. Only that he’d gone away to college a carefree jovial young man and returned a somber withdrawn man 10 years later with a heart wrenching sadness in his eyes.

Beverly "BB" Stein
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Beverly “BB” Stein owns the General Store in this small town in Maine. She is the crazy cat lady who talks a mile a minute, has never met a stranger, and has an eccentric sense of style. Oh…and she’s known as the town gossip. If you want to find something out about someone just ask BB.

Her “cantankerous coot” of a husband finally left this world 6 months ago. Even though BB and he fought like cats and dogs she still misses him every day. That is why she has decided to keep the General Store open. For 40 years the two of them had run the store together. She doesn’t miss him quite as much when she is inside its four walls.

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Mr. Rembrandt Splatterby is an eccentric recluse with a penchant for creating Horror artwork that brings the most painful emotions of the human condition to life. His art is as brilliant as it is scary.

A young woman saw Mr. Splatterby’s artwork on display in a one man Gallery Show in New York. She was extremely moved by his paintings. The woman wrote a letter (without identifying herself) to Mr. Splatterby telling him that his artwork gave voice to her pain of being trapped in an elite trafficking ring. She left the letter with the Gallery Owner with his promise that he would hand deliver it to Mr. Splatterby.

The young woman never heard a word from the artist. However, a year later when she was at the Opera with her captor a perfectly coiffed woman approached her in the ladies restroom. The two women switched clothing and changed their hairstyles. The new perfectly coiffed woman walked out the doors of theater to freedom for the first time in 7 years.

During the Glamour Shots fundraiser a lovely woman in her early 30’s approached Cassandra wanting to give a donation. She asked if she could tell the Founder her story. Cassandra nodded. At the end of telling her story, the other woman handed Cassandra a check that would completely fund The Creative Community Center for 7 years. In the memo line of the check it read: Paying forward Mr. Rembrandt Splatterby’s generosity.

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Theresa Everwild is a police officer in the small town in Maine that is home to The Creative Community Center. She heads up all the classes for the women that are reintegrating back into society after escaping abusive partners and/or human trafficking.. So, she is at TCCC on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10 am – 1 pm. Theresa has a passion to help these women transition into the next stage of their lives. She is a survivor of abuse by her husband who was also a police officer. After struggling to get anyone to listen to her or believe her about his abuse she pressed charges. Theresa left the big city life and her ex-husband behind moving across the country to the small town that she had visited as a child. The same town where The Creative Community Center will be opening in a little over a month.

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I‘d like to introduce you to Lina Johnson. She is a retired Secret Service Agent. She was injured in a car accident when the car caught on fire with her trapped on the inside. She sustained burn injuries to her right ear, chin, and lip. And scars to her nose and under her eye. Along with several broken ribs. The accident was completely unrelated to her job. However, the recovery time from her injuries resulted in her taking early retirement.

She teaches defensive self protection skills, through a combination of dancing and boxing moves, to the women who come to the Center. Her testimony of living through the accident. overcoming all the health and emotional obstacles, and her healing journey is inspirational to the women.

 

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This is my 12th character for my yearlong Visual Storytelling project. I’d like to introduce you to Cassandra’s grandmother, Gramma Devereaux. She went to be with the Lord during Cassandra’s Sophomore year in college. She was the last of Cassandra’s living relatives.

I included Gramma in the Glamour Shots, even though she is no longer with us, because that is how I’m introducing all the adult characters. Gramma raised Cassandra after her parents were in a plane crash while traveling. Well to be honest, she raised Cassandra from a child since Cassandra’s parents traveled all over the world for their jobs and were never home. Gramma Devereaux was a sweet natured woman with a wicked sense of humor. She was constantly making Cassandra giggle. Gramma was allergic to pet dander, so Cassandra had no pets while growing up. Gramma was an awesome cook, who shared her passion of southern cooking with Cassandra. She was also know for her little sayings that packed a punch of wisdom.

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Mina Blue teaches voice lessons in our After School program at The Creative Community Center, but with a twist. She has made a fun game of it by doing all the lessons through Karaoke. The kids absolutely love their “Karaoke Class” as they call it. Every Friday the last class of the day is a Karaoke Party where the kids and parents sing Karaoke, eat snacks and drinks, and lots of prizes are given out. It is a wonderful family activity. In fact, the party is packed every week. And FloJo’s Diner (the retro diner on Main Street) provides all the food and drinks. They also offer several 50% off coupons as Karaoke prizes each week. Many of the local business owners join in on the fun on Fridays at the Center bringing coupons and gifts as prizes. Who are we kidding, the Karaoke Party is biggest thing going on in the town on Friday Nights so pretty much everyone shows up whenever they can.

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Mr. David is a teacher in our after school program for kids at The Creative Community Center. He offers a class on how to make digital comic series. He teaches the children how to use Daz Studio to create their characters. David donated all the computers that we have in our computer lab. We currently have seven computers, but hope to add more soon. Mr. David has a waiting list to get into his class because it fills up the minute we put the sign up sheet out. At this time the class is only available for our teenage group from the ages of 13 – 18. Mr. David also does monthly Comic Series Workshops on Saturday afternoons for the TCCC Counseling Team.

While the comic series that the teenagers create in Mr. David’s class are just for fun, several of our counselors use the comic series as part of their treatment plan for the kids and teenagers that they are counseling. (These comic series are separate from those done in class.) An important part of visual narrative activities is that they combine both words and images enabling the children to express themselves both visually and verbally. It is also a great way to re-engage clients who are losing focus during sessions. Some ways to use the comic series is to 1) let the client tell whatever story they want to through the comic series. 2) give the client a prompt encouraging them to explore their feelings that come up from the prompt e.g. what is it like having to live with your dad some weeks and your mom on other weeks? 3) process the client’s memories and tell their story about past traumas, life events, or difficult experiences.

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In his teenage years, he was part of an inner city gang. He sold drugs and probably used more than he sold, truth be told. Pastor James was in and out of “Juvie” during this time. On the eve of his 18th Birthday, he found himself at a crossroads. He and one of his brothers were robbing a convenient store when a large black man entered the store. They turned their guns on him. But there was no fear in the man’s eyes. He simply said, “Boys, I don’t think this is part of God’s plan for your life.” That’s when the two boys heard the sirens closing in on the store. The big man followed the police car holding the two boys captive to the police station. Somehow he had convinced the store owner not to press charges. The boys were released the next afternoon.

Six months later, James was doing his community service hours at the man’s, who he found out was actually a Pastor, Church. And that was the beginning of James’ journey to becoming a Pastor in the very small town where he lived now.
A lot happened between the night of robbing the store and working at the Church and then moving to the small town. But I have to keep some stories to myself until it’s time to write them

PS: Pastor James isn’t your Momma’s Pastor. He has pierced ears and tattoos. He prefers polos and jeans to a clergy outfit. To be honest he would rather wear tshirts and shorts to work, but he figured that would really make the town’s Matrons freak out! LOL He is a great listener, has a wonderful sense of humor, a compassionate heart, and loves Jesus with all his heart. Since the day he arrived, a year ago, to the small town he has been both a challenge and a blessing to the townsfolk.

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Mark Tremblay restores vintage cars for a living, but his passion is to help women and children escape abusive relationships and situations.

His mom was abused by his Dad when Mark was too young to do anything to help her.  His mom had been too scared and too ashamed to ask anyone for help.  Mark made a promise to his mom that when he grew up that he was going to help people that were in impossible situations like he and his mom were in.

The cars that Mark restores are shipped all over the country.  In the back of the trucks carrying the cars, Mark has built a false wall that has a hidden door.  Behind the door is a room with beds, a mini fridge, a television, and a bathroom.  The walls of the room are soundproofed so that no noises from the kids or television will reveal the hidden room.

Mark is part of a nationwide domestic violence and trafficking underground railroad that gets people of dangerous situations to new safe houses and shelters.  One of the places where Mark’s trucks go on a regular basis is to The Creative Community Center which offers a temporary shelter hidden in the basement of the center.  The basement has a long history of being a safe haven for travelers.  Longer than even Cassandra knows.

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I didn’t try to get this character to look like Flo from Alice, it’s more that she has her sass and humor. Oh, and I gave her the big red hair too! Flo owns Flo’s Diner in the little town in Maine. It is a retro styled diner made to look like the 50’s and 60’s American diners. There are little jukeboxes on every table, the black and white checkered floor, and even the soda fountain. Flo doesn’t know the meaning of a secret, she is very outspoken, has lots of opinions, but has a heart of gold hidden beneath her rough exterior.

Flo appeared in town one day and saw that the diner was for sale. She purchased it with cash that same day. After gutting out the interior she completely remodeled it. Flo opened the diner a couple of months later. It immediately became a hangout for both locals and travelers. All items on the menu are favorite American comfort foods. Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, mac and cheese, shakes, and much more. Saturday nights Flo’s Diner is the hotspot for the high school kids after the football games.

Even though Flo owns the place, she still waitresses at the diner 5 days a week. People don’t have a clue that she is one of the wealthiest residents of the small town. Flo never married and has no children. That is probably why she spends so much time down at The Creative Community center with the young women and their kids. She is also a silent partner with Cassandra and Lin the two founders of TC3.

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No Ai was used to create this character. She was completely made in Daz Studio and postwork done in Photoshop.

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 Miss Kris is one of the Social Workers at The Creative Community Center.  She and Cassandra became friends in college.  Shortly after her junior year she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  Kris was able to finish her degree graduating cum laude with a minor in Women’s Studies. 

She struggled for several years find a job that was willing to work around her health limitations.  Then one day, she ran into Cassandra at Stein’s General Store.  The two of them created a position for Kris that allowed her to work from home conducting Zoom intake interviews with women all around the country who were in the process of getting out of abusive relationships or trafficking. 

She helps them set up their new identities, arranges travel arrangements, and manages the team that gets the women from point A to point B.  Kris is their caseworker through the entire process.  Once they arrive safely at The Creative Community Center she transitions them over to their permanent counselor for the remainder of their time in the program.

Miss Kris gives God all the credit for her “just happening to run into Cassandra” all these years later exactly when she only had $20 dollars left to her name.  She had been desperate that day – ready to give up – but the Lord heard her prayers.  And He answered them in the middle of Parable’s General Store.

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In his teenage years, he was part of an inner city gang. He sold drugs and probably used more than he sold, truth be told. Pastor James was in and out of “Juvie” during this time. On the eve of his 18th Birthday, he found himself at a crossroads. He and one of his brothers were robbing a convenient store when a large black man entered the store. They turned their guns on him. But there was no fear in the man’s eyes. He simply said, “Boys, I don’t think this is part of God’s plan for your life.” That’s when the two boys heard the sirens closing in on the store. The big man followed the police car holding the two boys captive to the police station. Somehow he had convinced the store owner not to press charges. The boys were released the next afternoon.

Six months later, James was doing his community service hours at the man’s, who he found out was actually a Pastor, Church. And that was the beginning of James’ journey to becoming a Pastor in the very small town where he lived now.
A lot happened between the night of robbing the store and working at the Church and then moving to the small town. But I have to keep some stories to myself until it’s time to write them

PS: Pastor James isn’t your Momma’s Pastor. He has pierced ears and tattoos. He prefers polos and jeans to a clergy outfit. To be honest he would rather wear tshirts and shorts to work, but he figured that would really make the town’s Matrons freak out! LOL He is a great listener, has a wonderful sense of humor, a compassionate heart, and loves Jesus with all his heart. Since the day he arrived, a year ago, to the small town he has been both a challenge and a blessing to the townsfolk.

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Mark Tremblay restores vintage cars for a living, but his passion is to help women and children escape abusive relationships and situations.

His mom was abused by his Dad when Mark was too young to do anything to help her.  His mom had been too scared and too ashamed to ask anyone for help.  Mark made a promise to his mom that when he grew up that he was going to help people that were in impossible situations like he and his mom were in.

The cars that Mark restores are shipped all over the country.  In the back of the trucks carrying the cars, Mark has built a false wall that has a hidden door.  Behind the door is a room with beds, a mini fridge, a television, and a bathroom.  The walls of the room are soundproofed so that no noises from the kids or television will reveal the hidden room.

Mark is part of a nationwide domestic violence and trafficking underground railroad that gets people of dangerous situations to new safe houses and shelters.  One of the places where Mark’s trucks go on a regular basis is to The Creative Community Center which offers a temporary shelter hidden in the basement of the center.  The basement has a long history of being a safe haven for travelers.  Longer than even Cassandra knows.

The Kid Characters

Each of these unique Kid characters plays a role in the story taking place at The Creative Community Center.   They are either enrolled in the After School Program or their Mother is a part of Women’s Group in the mornings.  The characters were crafted in Daz Studio 3D software.  To read about the image simply click on it.  A pop up window will appear with the image and text.  Just scroll down in the pop up window to finish reading.

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I‘d like to introduce you to Cora Danvers, a teenager from the small town where TC3 is located. People have told her most of her life that, “She’d be pretty if she would just lose some weight.” Cora has been the pudgy girl in her class since as long as she can remember. Her parents have always told her that she was beautiful and she believes them.

In middle school and high school, Cora has been bullied through body shaming both in person and on social media. It bothers her best friend more than it does Cora. She is comfortable in her own skin and ignores the people who pick on her. However, Cora has no patience for the bullies when they pick on the other girls and boys who struggle with weight issues. She has gotten suspended twice for “fighting” at her high school. Even though, she was only protecting another kid. Cora simply pushed the bully backwards after being shoved into a locker and the other time she stepped out of the way when the girl tried to punch her. It wasn’t her fault that the girl then face planted in the hallway.
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No Ai was used in creating the character and animals in this scene.  They were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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Gracie (left) and Paige (right) were in the same cabin at Lake Parable Summer Camp which is owned and founded by Mitsu’s parents. While Paige was at summer camp her parents finished moving into and renovating the Lake Parable B&B. The Inn will open its doors for the first time in 20 years at the beginning of November. Gracie’s Dad owns the only Mechanic Garage in the town. Her mom left early one morning when Gracie was just an infant. She left a note on the kitchen table saying, “I’m sorry, but this all too much for me. I feel like I’m drowning.” Gracie’s Dad never told her about the note. She had found it hidden in a packet of letters (from her Granpa to her Grandma when he was away at war) that were in a trunk in the attic right before she went to summer camp this year.

At Summer Camp, Paige had sat with Gracie for hours as she cried, got angry, and finally forgave her Mom for leaving them. Gracie had never had a friend like Paige who listened more than she talked. In fact, Paige was so quiet Gracie often forgot she was in the room with her. Paige has a little notebook that she carries everywhere with her. When Gracie asked about it, Paige shyly told her that it is where she wrote things down or sketched that she didn’t ever want to forget. And every night Paige writes down the things she is thankful for that day in her notebook. At camp, she started asking Gracie each night what Gracie was thankful for and she wrote Gracie’s thanksgivings down too. The two of them talk each night before bed so that they can continue this habit.

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No Ai was used in creating the characters in this scene.  They were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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For the 3 Besties, Astella (left), Mitsu (Middle), and Sophia (right) The Creative Community Center (TC3) students did a Barbie shoot. ASTELLA: is an only child of a couple in their late 30’s who had been trying for years to get pregnant. They finally gave up in their late 20’s because they felt they were getting too old. 10 years later, Astella came along as a big surprise. Both of her parents work, so Astella comes to the After School program at the Center. MITSU: is the youngest of four girls in her family. All four girls attend the After School program at TC3. Her parents founded and own a Girls Summer Camp on Lake Parable. Mitsu loves bringing home stray animals (and kids) to her family’s large Farmhouse. SOPHIE: is in Foster Care (her 17 year old sister is too) because their parents were killed in automobile accident and they don’t have any living relatives. Sophie’s Foster Care Home is across the street from the back of The Creative Community Center. Even though she isn’t enrolled in the After School program she used to “sneak” into the classes with Astella and Mitsu. (The Staff all have a soft spot for Sophie. They let her attend classes, give her snacks, and often bring her hand me down clothes and shoes.) Cassandra is helping Sophie’s sister complete the application to become Sophie’s Guardian when she turns 18. Cassandra also invited Sophie’s foster brother and sister to join the After School Program. They now also get lots of love and attention from the TC3 Staff.

Astell and Mitsu met each other in Daycare. One day when they were out back of TC3, on a tour to see where the Garden was going to be planted for TC3’s Farm to Table student cooking classes, they saw Sophie and her little French Bulldog Frenchie standing on the sidewalk. The two girls ran over to pet Frenchie. When it was time for the After School Program kids to go back inside, Mitsu grabbed Sophie’s hand pulling her inside the building. Mitsu takes Sophie with her everywhere she goes. Except for when Sophie’s Foster Mom won’t let her out of the house. That doesn’t happen much anymore because Cassandra went over to talk to the woman offering to have the three Foster Kids in her care come to the After School Program for free. This gives the Foster Mom three free afternoon hours every Monday through Friday.

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No Ai was used in creating the characters in this scene.  They were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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This is Dawn Jenkins, she is Pearl’s teenage daughter. Dawn and her Mom escaped an abusive household. While Dawn’s Dad never physically hurt her, he was verbally abusive to her most of the time. Pearl used to make Dawn hide in the closet when her Dad came home drunk. Being in the closet might have visually hidden what her Dad was doing to her Mom, but Dawn sometimes thought that hearing the abuse might have been worse. Because the things she imagined that he did to her Mom were horrible. When she was 11 she tried to stop her Dad from beating on her Mom, but all she got for that effort was a black eye. Plus it just made things worse for her Mom.

Her Mom is Dawn’s hero. She doesn’t know anyone stronger than her. Her Mom had gotten them out of their bad situation, moved them to a new state, started a new business, and gave them a new life. Everything is going well for the two of them, but Dawn has a secret. One that she hasn’t told a single soul. Because she knows if she doesn’t keep the secret it could destroy everything she holds dear.

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No Ai was used in creating the character in this scene.  She were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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It’s not an unfamiliar tale of a young teenage girl who thinks (or is told) that if she loves her boyfriend then she will take it to the next step. Her boyfriend had no plans to be a father. He was going to an Ivy League school next year. Now was not the time to be saddled with a pregnant girlfriend. Courtney’s Step Dad who was verbally abusive to her made her pregnancy a living nightmare. Courtney lived in a small town out west. She was 8 months pregnant working in a Starbucks when she heard about The Creative Community Center. It was a place for people who had no place. That sounded exactly like who she was. Courtney, quit her job that night, gathered up her one suitcase of clothes, and her measly stash of money that she had hidden in the tank of the toilet in a Ziploc bag. She arrived in the small town in ME three days later in her once powder blue Pickup Truck.

Ms. Pearl had given her a job and Miss Cassandra had given her a place to stay. Courtney shared a room with another lady who had no place either. They each had a bed, a dresser and a desk. The room also had a little window seat.

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No Ai was used to create these characters. They were completely created in Daz Studio. I used the background image to create an HDR image to use as base lighting in Daz. Then I did postwork in Photoshop.

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Keiko is a happy little girl. She is always sharing smiles with everyone she meets. She also shares anything else that she has with others. Keiko was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) when she was 5 years old. CML is rare in children. Keiko is currently in the “chronic phase” of CML. She is taking TKI’s (tyrosine kinase inhibitors) which attack the cells that have the Philadelphia chromosome. But Keiko manages to find joy in each day. One of her favorite things to do is to create origami animals. Right now she is creating origami birds. She dreams of letting the birds fly out of her hands to freedom. Just like she wishes she could fly free from CML. Dreaming about her little origami birds flying gives her hope.

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No Ai was used in creating the character, hair, or clothing. The origami birds are from Etsy. And the background set is one I created from several prompts on Midjourney.

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For the 3 Besties, Astella (left), Mitsu (Middle), and Sophia (right) The Creative Community Center (TC3) students did a Barbie shoot. ASTELLA: is an only child of a couple in their late 30’s who had been trying for years to get pregnant. They finally gave up in their late 20’s because they felt they were getting too old. 10 years later, Astella came along as a big surprise. Both of her parents work, so Astella comes to the After School program at the Center. MITSU: is the youngest of four girls in her family. All four girls attend the After School program at TC3. Her parents founded and own a Girls Summer Camp on Lake Parable. Mitsu loves bringing home stray animals (and kids) to her family’s large Farmhouse. SOPHIE: is in Foster Care (her 17 year old sister is too) because their parents were killed in automobile accident and they don’t have any living relatives. Sophie’s Foster Care Home is across the street from the back of The Creative Community Center. Even though she isn’t enrolled in the After School program she used to “sneak” into the classes with Astella and Mitsu. (The Staff all have a soft spot for Sophie. They let her attend classes, give her snacks, and often bring her hand me down clothes and shoes.) Cassandra is helping Sophie’s sister complete the application to become Sophie’s Guardian when she turns 18. Cassandra also invited Sophie’s foster brother and sister to join the After School Program. They now also get lots of love and attention from the TC3 Staff.

Astell and Mitsu met each other in Daycare. One day when they were out back of TC3, on a tour to see where the Garden was going to be planted for TC3’s Farm to Table student cooking classes, they saw Sophie and her little French Bulldog Frenchie standing on the sidewalk. The two girls ran over to pet Frenchie. When it was time for the After School Program kids to go back inside, Mitsu grabbed Sophie’s hand pulling her inside the building. Mitsu takes Sophie with her everywhere she goes. Except for when Sophie’s Foster Mom won’t let her out of the house. That doesn’t happen much anymore because Cassandra went over to talk to the woman offering to have the three Foster Kids in her care come to the After School Program for free. This gives the Foster Mom three free afternoon hours every Monday through Friday.

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No Ai was used in creating the characters in this scene.  They were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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This is Dawn Jenkins, she is Pearl’s teenage daughter. Dawn and her Mom escaped an abusive household. While Dawn’s Dad never physically hurt her, he was verbally abusive to her most of the time. Pearl used to make Dawn hide in the closet when her Dad came home drunk. Being in the closet might have visually hidden what her Dad was doing to her Mom, but Dawn sometimes thought that hearing the abuse might have been worse. Because the things she imagined that he did to her Mom were horrible. When she was 11 she tried to stop her Dad from beating on her Mom, but all she got for that effort was a black eye. Plus it just made things worse for her Mom.

Her Mom is Dawn’s hero. She doesn’t know anyone stronger than her. Her Mom had gotten them out of their bad situation, moved them to a new state, started a new business, and gave them a new life. Everything is going well for the two of them, but Dawn has a secret. One that she hasn’t told a single soul. Because she knows if she doesn’t keep the secret it could destroy everything she holds dear.

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No Ai was used in creating the character in this scene.  She were created in Daz Studio 3D software.

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