Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation

A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund began collaborating with local art centers to bring art classes to the veterans in their communities.  This year, the program has expanded to include the veteran’s family members.  Operation A.R.T. students will have the opportunity to be introduced to a new art medium or continue developing skills in a known medium.  

“I’ve really enjoyed taking the painting classes through Operation A.R.T. The classes have not only been very therapeutic, but they have inspired me to paint again.”  P.E. – Veteran


Are you interested in having a basic understand of a digital camera and basic shooting techniques?  This class will help
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Photography II Location: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre 5-week class on Wednesdays (5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13) 6:00pm-8:00pm Are you interested
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Foundations to Drawing & Painting Location: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre 6-week class on Fridays (4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25) 3:00pm-4:30pm
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Heroic Masks of Sculpey Location: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre 6-week class on Mondays (3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/30)
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Triangle Rock Club

The TRC Mission “To transform and enhance the lives of others by enthusiastically sharing our passion for climbing and fitness.” OUR STORY Triangle Rock Club began as a vision of two former Force Recon Marines who shared a passion for adventure and climbing. After the military and their mountaineering skills lead them around the world Read More

Art therapy to help veterans heal

Center offers art therapy to help veterans heal from images of war Nicole Grigg 4:24 PM, Oct 17, 2017   St. Petersburg, Fla. – At 93 years old World War II veteran Peter Garino can stand and paint and recount story after story through nine generations.  He volunteers his time painting at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Read More


Volunteer Your Time! We are currently in need of volunteers for events and administrative tasks. Please contact us if you would like more information on how you can help The Joel Fund improve the lives of veterans and their families.   info@thejoelfund.org (919)247-9333


Are you interested in planning and hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Joel Fund?  Please fill out the form below and we will contact you for more information. When you host a fundraiser for The Joel Fund, you directly impact the lives of the veterans in our community.   *The Joel Fund and Operation A.R.T. Read More


Donate to The Joel Fund The Joel Fund improves the lives of veterans and their families by providing a connection to non-traditional services.  Your generous donation will have an immediate impact on the lives of the veterans in our community.  You can chose from a one-time donation or please consider making a difference all year Read More



North Carolina loses 5 veterans per week to suicide.  The Joel Fund’s #Take5Save5 campaign is aimed at creating awareness to reduce that rate. Taking 5 minutes out of your day can save a veteran’s life.  Send a text, make a phone call, invite someone to coffee.  Do your part – join us on this important mission.


Learn the basics about PTSD

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp


Reach out

Knowing how to best demonstrate your love and support for someone with PTSD isn’t always easy. You can’t force your loved one to get better, but you can play a major role in the healing process by simply spending time together.

Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences. For some, it can even make things worse. Instead, let them know you’re willing to listen when they want to talk, or just hang out when they don’t. Comfort for someone with PTSD comes from feeling engaged and accepted by you, not necessarily from talking.

Do “normal” things with your loved one, things that have nothing to do with PTSD or the traumatic experience. Encourage your loved one to participate in rhythmic exercise, seek out friends, and pursue hobbies that bring pleasure. Take a fitness class together, go dancing, or set a regular lunch date with friends and family.

Let your loved one take the lead, rather than telling him or her what to do. Everyone with PTSD is different but most people instinctively know what makes them feel calm and safe. Take cues from your loved one as to how you can best provide support and companionship.

Manage your own stress. The more calm, relaxed, and focused you are, the better you’ll be able to help your loved one.

Be patient. Recovery is a process that takes time and often involves setbacks. The important thing is to stay positive and maintain support for your loved one.

source credit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/index.asp


Spread the word

The hashtag has been created to help generate awareness and mobilization.  Tell the world #TAKE5SAVE5.  Share this hashtag and show the veterans of the world that we care.  Starting is simple.  Right here in your own backyard, your home town, your home state… reach out to a Veteran and give thanks!



North Carolina Veterans Coffees

You’ve got questions!  We’ve go answers!

Join us at our quarterly NC Veterans Coffee events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.  The Veterans Health Administration team will be on hand to answer your questions. Be sure to attend this informational gathering to learn about many organizations working on your behalf – Department of Veterans Affairs, NC Serves, and others.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Landing Zone Grace Warrior Retreat

Landing Zone Grace Warrior Retreat is a serene and confidential haven for Special Operations Forces, first responders, and their families. Situated on 38-acres of farmland in Virginia, LZ Grace provides peace for the minds that are still at war. It provides calm to ease distress. It provides healing for those who are broken.  Visitors experience Read More


24/7 All-Veteran Helpline Vets4Warriors (V4W) mission is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma-free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. Share lived experiences to create an environment of trust that demonstrates you are never alone.  There is a caring, empathic voice ready to connect and Read More