Saturday, November 22, 2008

Jamie Writes Love on the GC Campus

On Monday, October 27th Greenville College Student Development hosted an evening with non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). After the program GC assistant director of Public Relations, Annie Zeller, had the opportunity to interview the founder of the organization, Jamie Tworkowski, to help the community learn more about TWLOHA and extend the “conversation”.
GC: Can you give me an overview of TWLOHA? How it started? What's the purpose? Who is TWLOHA?
JT: "To Write Love on Her Arms" began in 2006 as a written story and an attempt to help a friend. We made a MySpace page and started selling t-shirts as a way to help pay for our friend's drug treatment. The organization was born from the response to those things. Today, we're a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. We exist to encourage, inspire, inform and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. In the last two years, our team has responded to 80,000 messages and those messages have come from 40 different countries. I'll give you two answers for "Who is TWLOHA?"
TWLOHA is a small team of staff and volunteers based in Cocoa, Florida.
TWLOHA is a worldwide movement of young people committed to hope, help, conversation and community
GC: This story started with Renee's story. Was she the first person who raised your awareness to these types of issues and gave a "face and a name and realness" to the things people struggle with?
JT: Renee was the first in terms of addiction and self-injury. There were other people in my life (prior to Renee) who struggled with depression. I lost my friend Zeke to suicide about a month before I met Renee.
This is an excerpt from the TWLOHA interview. You can view the entire interview at the GC website.

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