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Homeless shelter to auction art pieces from October flood

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Transitions Recovery Center in Columbia will showcase its clients and their talents through its signature event Reconstructing Home on Thursday.

The annual silent auction and fundraiser give the homeless shelter an opportunity to raise funds while also connecting the community to the clients served by Transitions.

"Our clients get to really be seen with their talents and that they are so much more than just someone that’s living on the streets,” Margaret Deans Fawcett, the Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Transitions, said.

Fawcett said many of the auction items will be artwork completed by people currently living at the shelter. Transitions' art program allows the clients to use their talents while working to get back on their feet.

"I’ve been doing art all my life, but I’ve actually never sold any of my art," Mikey Estelle, a client at Transitions, said. "It’s hard to get into that business, so when I came to Transitions and they offered to do this, it’s the first time I got to show it off. So it’s really an awesome thing."

Estelle is one of the artists whose artwork will be auctioned off Thursday night. Organizers say many of the art pieces were produced on windows and materials salvaged from the October 2015 floods and are symbolic of how love and perseverance can transform a difficult situation and make us stronger in the end.

RELATED: See photos of the devastation left behind from the October flood.

"With the name of our event being 'Reconstructing Home,' it kind of works perfectly because our clients are working to reconstruct their home and get back on their feet," said Fawcett. "The City of Columbia was doing the same thing, so what better way to tie the two together and make them one?"

Estelle agrees. "As an artist, being able to paint on those things and being able to show it to the world, it made something that was ugly, pretty again," she said.

In addition to the art being auctioned, there will be several other auction items and proceeds from the event will go to support the services and clients of Transitions.

"Restructuring Home" is Thursday night from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Agape Conference Center on Main Street.

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