Love. Create. Heal.

Bloom Bangor is a community empowering women to live free from addiction and violence.

Women who have survived trafficking, trauma, and addiction deserve a second chance at life!

Our program launched in early 2016 and is modeled after the successful Thistle Farms Nashville Program that was founded in 1997. The programs are designed not just to help a subculture of women, but to help change the culture itself. The organizations stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities.

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Our vision:

Bloom Creative Studio is a program of Bloom, a local community-based non-profit organization serving women living in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We believe art heals and that everyone deserves a chance to start over.

Our Studio is a supportive workplace for women leaving lives of addiction and violence. They receive 2 years of rent-free housing while they heal from the trauma life on the streets brings. When a woman enters our program she begins a 90-day intensive outpatient recovery program and then continues to build a life free from addiction and violence, with trauma informed and art therapy, life coaching and vocational training. Bloom graduates go on to live successful, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives, creating a new future for themselves, their families, our community and our economy.

Studio Hours

Update as of 10/30/20

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and decreased business, we are temporarily opening the studio by appointment only. Please contact us via the website by submitting a Private Party Deposit, by phone at (610) 588-4775, email at bloomstudiobangor@gmail.com, or Facebook if you would like to schedule an event. We look forward to re-opening at full capacity soon. Take care and stay safe.

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Open Studio

Bring your friends and celebrate an occasion or milestone. Make a reservation in advance to make a DIY sign, DIY pillow, DIY apron, or DIY tote bag. We’ll set aside up to 2 tables for you and up to 8 guests. For parties of 10+ we recommend a private event.
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Private Parties

You and 9+ guests can reserve the studio for a private event. Please contact us to pick a date and time and select the creative activity for the event. We’ll set up and clean and lead you step-by-step through a memorable creative experience. Reserve a 2 hour party today!
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Studio Event

Bring several friends along to an upcoming event and celebrate a special milestone or achievement. We can reserve a table (or two) for you and up to 8 guests at any one of our upcoming events. View our upcoming events page to select which project works for you.
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Parties To Go

Bring several friends along to an upcoming event and celebrate a special milestone or achievement. We can reserve a table (or two) for you and up to 8 guests at any one of our upcoming events. View our upcoming events page to select which project works for you.

We Provide

Bloom Bangor’s programs advocate living gracefully in community with one another. New residents are given a key and are offered the necessary resources to maintain recovery, heal from childhood wounds, become physically healthy and find employment. Residents, graduates, staff and volunteers share daily tasks, offer hospitality, build upon each other’s strengths, and provide compassionate, disciplined support.

You help a vulnerable woman start over when you attend an event or make a purchase at our social enterprise, Bloom Creative Studio. See what’s happening and sign up for an upcoming workshop or paint party. We also welcome and greatly appreciate your financial gifts. Support us financially via our secure online donation page. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible.

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Bloom Creative Studio and Bloom Bangor are both programs of Connections for Women, a 501c3 non profit organization.

Every gift matters -- no gift is too small. YOU can help women heal and begin a new life beyond violence and addiction!

Event Registration

Please secure your spot in our classes by pre-paying either online, in the studio or by calling during our open hours. While we welcome walk-ins, we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. We recommend you purchase your reservation in advance or call the studio to ensure space is available.

Bloom Creative Studio reserves the right to cancel classes or change paintings due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified prior to class time and given the choice of a refund or a credit.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations made online or in the studio are non-refundable. In addition, we require a 24 hours notice for cancellation of a reservation. At the time of the cancellation, a new reservation can be made, or a store credit may be issued.

Gift certificates are non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash value.

meet our artist

Karin

Karin leads up our Kid’s Art Program and guides each young artist to find their true artistic talent. Join Karin and the Kid’s Art every Wednesday @ the studio – see our calendar for classes and times. Karin also has Glass Painting on the second Thursday of the month and the very popular “Paint your Pet Series”! Watch for Karin’s different acrylic and mixed media classes on Friday and Saturday evenings!

upcoming events

Check back later for more upcoming events!
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Open Studio

Bring your friends and celebrate an occasion or milestone. Make a reservation in advance to make a DIY sign, DIY pillow, DIY apron, or DIY tote bag. We’ll set aside up to 2 tables for you and up to 8 guests. For parties of 10+ we recommend a private event.
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Private Parties

You and 9+ guests can reserve the studio for a private event. Please contact us to pick a date and time and select the creative activity for the event. We’ll set up and clean and lead you step-by-step through a memorable creative experience. Reserve a 2 hour party today!
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Studio Event

Bring several friends along to an upcoming event and celebrate a special milestone or achievement. We can reserve a table (or two) for you and up to 8 guests at any one of our upcoming events. View our upcoming events page to select which project works for you.
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Parties To Go

Bring several friends along to an upcoming event and celebrate a special milestone or achievement. We can reserve a table (or two) for you and up to 8 guests at any one of our upcoming events. View our upcoming events page to select which project works for you.
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In Loving Memory

of Katie Renner

Katie loved Jesus and lived her faith by serving God and loving others well. She treasured her precious family and never missed an opportunity to welcome and love a stranger. She enthusiastically gave her time, talent and treasure so that others would know Jesus saves and sacrificed His life so that others could live.

To honor her memory and passion for serving God, her children have established a memorial fund at Bloom that will be used to help some of the most vulnerable women in our communities. We are calling this fund, “Katie’s Place” — it will be a sanctuary of healing for women survivors of trauma and addiction. Donations will be used to secure safety and expand opportunities for women survivors to experience the love of God in a residential setting at no cost to them.

To make a secure, online donation, please click HERE.

Here are the words of her granddaughter, Julia:
Grandma Katie knew each and everyday was a day the Lord had made and she rejoiced and was glad in it. Every day a gift, every place a mission field, every person a treasure to her.

The future feels so sad without her in it, and I find comfort that she is at home with the source of all of her joy, sweet, sweet, Jesus.