Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness.
With the help of Aroha Philanthropies, Momentum has been able to repair and renovate its facilities to provide safe and supportive environments for our clients.
Alberto Ruiz spends a lot of his free time in the studio, recording Christian gospel rap music under his label Alby Paz Records. Alby believes there is something therapeutic about expressing emotions and thoughts with a hypnotic beat in the background. “Deep, impactful music draws attention to a poetic or emotional story,” Alby says.
In August 2011, Alby became a resident of Litteral House, a crisis support service of Momentum for Mental Health. Litteral House provides a safe environment for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. While living in Litteral House, Alby was able to receive treatment, avoid hospitalization, and stabilize his symptoms. Momentum for Mental Health operates this and other residential-style facilities in San Jose.
Since graduating from Litteral House, Alby has been in recovery successfully for over four years. Alby now volunteers for Momentum, speaking and giving tours of Litteral House.
Through long histories of mental illness, many clients have lost employment and relationships. Momentum helps them achieve mental and emotional health, discover and reach their potential, and fully participate in life. Momentum’s healthy and welcoming residential environments enhance clients’ sense of dignity and well-being during their recovery.
With the help of Aroha Philanthropies, Momentum is repairing and renovating its facilities to provide the safe and supportive environments that clients need. Clients and staff at Litteral House find the newly renovated spaces to be an important aspect of their care. One client reported, “[They] make it easier to participate in my treatment. It’s inspirational, brand new, and makes me want to do my best.” When Alby volunteers at the House now, he notices that clients lie in the yard, relax on the walkway, read books, and serenade themselves and others. They bring their family and friends, and enjoy a renewed sense of peace and safety.