ABOUT FOUNDER KATHY KATIMS
Kathy Katims loves to bring people together to share stories.
She had the idea to do it in her daughter’s school to foster community among parents. She took over the parent newsletter, picked a theme and had parents write personal essays. She invited them to salons to share on those themes–Firsts, Not Quite What I Had Planned, Fathers, Leaps of Faith, Food–to deepen the conversation.
People wrote and told about real things, hilarious things, moving things, surprising things. People wrote about fertility issues, weathering Father’s day without a father, losing a husband, an annual food fight, opening a school, falling in love with a same sex partner, a first kiss, writing their first love song. This landscape of unfamiliar parents suddenly felt familiar and welcoming. Strangers became friends, and friends learned new dimensions of each other. People who wrote, sung or told their stories said they learned more about themselves by participating.
That’s how Saved By a Story was born. These gatherings were food for the soul. Kathy felt compelled to create a story telling series that would delight, entertain, build bridges between strangers, inspire people to write and tell their stories, and, in doing so, build community.
Each event honors an organization that helps people tell their stories in underserved communities. Admission is a suggested donation and 100% of proceeds go directly to the organizations.