For two years, I had to the pleasure of teaching weekly art classes to the residents at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. Although these were group classes, I was able to get to know each resident on a personal level. Through projects such as painting, paper collages, hand-lettering and origami, I witnessed a level of peace as they made art alongside of me. I earned a level of trust with the residents and was fortunate to have several intimate conversations with them reflecting on their circumstances and hearing stories about their loved ones. I’ve found that working with the homeless in Chicago has molded me to become a much more open-minded, compassionate individual that aligns with my journey to becoming an art therapist.