YMCA Playground

This mural is part of a series funded by SOS Berks, the Opiod Coalition for Berks County.  The project sought to dispel the stigma of addictionby sharing the inspiring recovery stories of local individuals.  This mural shares the story of Yvonne, who in her long-term recovery went on to direct the RISE Center, that supports those who struggle with addiction.  The mural was painted by hundreds of people through collaborative painting sessions, and also used stencils throughtout the creation process.  


Reading YMCA

(This mural is in a playground for children at the YMCA. It is not open to the public.)

631 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19603 USA

Project Completion 


Project Support 


Mural Coordinator:
  Michael L. Miller

Painting Partners:

      (through United Way Day of Caring)

About the Project

This mural, entitled Hope Blossoms, was sponsored by ruOK Berks, the Suicide Prevention Task Force.  The task force met with lead artist Greg Didyoung to develop an uplifting image of hope to bring attention to the importance of mental health.  The mural was painted by hundreds of people through community painting events hosted by many community organizations.