What Are We?
HUG ME Ink is a peer-led nonprofit organization increasing mental health awareness & recovery sustainability through the arts. We primarily focus on the performance arts such as drama and film as our avenue to promote mental health awareness.
Founded in 2012, HUG ME Ink has come a long way since then. After overcoming challenges, HUG ME Ink became an official 501c3 organization in 2013 and as of February 2015, we became a part of the Peer Run Organization Project hosted by ViaHope.
We are the ONLY non-profit organization in the state of Texas that ONLY uses the performing arts and film to advocate and educate the community on mental health awareness. We produce films and stage productions as a way to reach out to our community on mental illness, recovery, stigma and empowerment. We conduct workshops and host open mic nights to increase self-expression. One of our most popular outreach is focused YOUTH! We use the arts to create prevention tools when it comes to stopping bullying!
What do we do?
- Youth Empowerment Summit
- Youth Summer Camp
- Residential Services
- Job Coaching
- Resume writing workshops
- Interview training workshops
- Creative therapies such as art, music and drama
- Promote community engagement
- Resources for Pet owners
- Veterans Support Services
- Group tours and outings
- Outreach through the arts
- Peer to Peer Counseling
- Homeless Outreach
- Participation on various Boards
- Participation on various conferences (this includes not only sitting
on steering committees but also presenting workshops)
Why are we here?
Who are we?
President: NICHOLAS HOLSTEIN
Secretary: KAIROLLE EMPEY
Treasurer: HEATHER ANN
Member At Large: RAUL REYES
Member At Large: BRANDON PENA
Artistic Director: NICHOLAS HOLSTEIN
Outreach Coordinator: HEATHER ANN
Development & HR Director: RAUL REYES
Interns: MICHAEL CURRY & BRANDON PENA
Vocal Directors: KAIROLLE EMPEY, RAVEN DIAMOND
Choreographer: CHRISTA KELLEY
Production Manager: RAVEN DIAMOND
Photographers/Videographers: RAVEN DIAMOND, HEATHER ANN
Editor: DAVID STENSTROM, HEATHER ANN
Graphic Artist: RAVEN DIAMOND