University of Indianapolis second year occupational therapy students Michael Agyemang, Christine Denman, Tyra Schantz, and Kayla Welsh had the rewarding opportunity to work with the staff and residents of the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home during their community fieldwork experience. The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home is a home that offers a warm and comforting environment for individuals who are experiencing homelessness in addition to carrying a diagnosis, which warrants hospice services. This collection of motivated students took on the task of addressing and tackling occupational deprivation in the residents of the home. The students felt the residents at the home needed an avenue to express themselves in a way that allowed for reflection on the joys of their lives. Alongside Abbie Hunt Bryce Home administrator, Renita Johnson, the students created an activity called “Stories in the Sand.” This activity allowed the residents to develop a representation of themselves in the form of various colored sand, rocks, shells and stones; created through the use of their hands. The completed Stories in the Sand artifact was not meant to be a representation for others to see after they had passed, but a presentation of what they wanted to portray to the world while they lived.
Check out the video the MOT students created to share their experience.
Michael Agyemang- “Working with the residents at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home was a great and rewarding experience, they all had such great stories to tell and very interesting lives. It really makes you think about life in a new light.”
Christine Denman- “Working with Abbie Hunt Bryce Home was a wonderful experience. I did not even know that places like that existed so it was very rewarding to get the opportunity to work with the individuals that were living there. These people all have stories to tell and it was great to allow those who participated to share their stories with us. It was very gratifying and hopefully students will continue to have placements there.”
Tyra Schantz- “The Stories in the Sand project was very rewarding and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the residents at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. It was such a blessing to play a small role in helping the residents reflect back on their life story and create their individualized Stories in the Sand.”
Kayla Welsh- "The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home was very welcoming and receptive. Having the opportunity to hear resident's individual and unique life stories was very enlightening an experience I will never forget."