COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Safe House hosted a program on Thursday that allowed the homeless to express themselves creatively.
"Home is where the Art is" was the theme behind the community outreach program at the Safe House, which operates out of Rose Hill Methodist Church on Hamilton Road in Columbus.
Artist Bo Bartlett was on hand to paint with the homeless.
After the paintings are complete, Bartlett says they will be presented at an art show and the proceeds will go to the winners.
"People that are in the homeless community they don't have the opportunity," Bartlett said. "It's a luxury to get to express yourself, it's a luxury to get to sit down and paint a picture. To express yourself isn't something they're called to do and often the people that are helping them are trying to fix them try to say let's get a job, let's get you a place to live."
Bartlett also says the art program is utilized in schools.
There will be a pilot program at prisons and jails for art with inmates, and afterwards they will be working with Fort Benning to help soldiers with PTSD.