Fresh Starts & Festivals

On behalf of CareFirst, I am excited to announce that we will be hosting this year’s Garden of Fire Festival!

As an organization, CareFirst is most known for our hospice program, working with those at end of life; however, we have a variety of other services including grief services for children that focuses specifically on encouraging emotional healing and healthy coping.  We have been honored to represent CareFirst in the Garden of Fire program and were thrilled when we could participate last year; giving children involved an opportunity to connect their work in art and science with their own personal well-being.

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CareFirst recently moved to the former Frank Pierce School building in Painted Post.

This year, CareFirst is looking forward to taking our involvement to a whole new level by hosting the Garden of Fire Festival at our new office.  In an effort to better serve our community and create room for expansion, CareFirst recently moved to what was formerly known as the Frank Pierce School in Painted Post.  We nearly tripled the size of our office space and are on 13 acres of land, providing plenty of opportunities to host events such as this.  We are optimistic that we will reach more of our community by having the festival at our facility and look forward to welcoming all of you here.

Chelsea Ambrose, LMSW
CareFirst
Grief Services Clinical Leader

Garden of Fire Logo Design Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Aidan (age 11), Kara (age 12) and Taylor (age 9)!

Garden of Fire - Final Logo
The Garden of Fire logo incorporates design elements from each participating youth center!

With such a diverse array of participating organizations in the Garden of Fire program, we felt it deserved its very own logo – and who better to design it than the participants themselves?

The project began with a lesson plan created to teach the participating youths about logo and graphic design, including some criteria to guide their creations. They were asked to create a circular design with a limited color palette, using the Garden of Fire Story as inspiration. The story brings up themes of nature, gardening, art, life cycles, elements, and personal growth. Each youth center sent in their designs, and a committee including a representative from all of the partnering organizations and youth centers decided on the winners.

The committee was so blown away by the students’ creativity and vision, that it was decided to choose strong elements of a logo from a student at each youth center to create one super-logo that truly encapsulates the collaborative efforts of the program. The tagline, “Where young minds grow” was created by the students at Hornell Area Concern for Youth, and captures the intent of the program perfectly.

Click on the icons below to see the raw submissions that turned into the final logo, as well as the committee’s awards of “Honorable Mention.”

Thank you to everyone who submitted their logo designs – it was a very hard decision, as all of the submissions were very creative and moving.

All of the logo designs will be on display at the specific youth centers, and again at the Garden of Fire festival to be held later in the summer.