Four-and-a-half years ago I started working with my first client, a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children. I was hired to provide 6 hours of group and individual music therapy for the children living there. I had never worked with at-risk children before and was soon “hooked.”
Since 1976, the Namaqua Center has helped heal countless children and families touched by abuse and neglect. But due to changes in the state’s treatment philosophy, Namaqua will be closing it’s residential services as of tomorrow, November 20th.
It’s a new and exciting change (to read more about it, click here), but also bittersweet. It’s never easy to say good-bye.
So to commemorate Namaqua’s 33 year history, I’ve written a song. It’s inspired by the memories, ideas, and input of the children and staff. I asked the children what we should call the song. Their answer: The Namaqua Song.