Portfolio > PADS 1: Faith Is Taking the First Step

In 2012 we painted four murals for the Country Club Hills Wellness Center, a new temporary housing facility for homeless individuals and families in the south suburbs. PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is the agency responsible for creating this new state of the art residence, and our murals address themes related to transitions, community, vocational training, and hope. This mural is inspired by the quote below:

“Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don’t see
the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King Jr.


This mural focuses on the theme of personal empowerment and cultivating inner strength. The main image is of a man letting go of something—his cover, his security, his past, and moving towards a new place with faith in the future. Getting to this new place means going through unknown doors and to a set of stairs. The bird image represents a safe passage and hope in moving forward. The quote by Martin Luther King inspires a feeling of reassurance in a time of uncertainty.