helping hands koiJeff Williams, certified peer specialist and project designer at Perry Wellness Center, recently completed his latest work of art for the campus-- a re-circulation fountain and pond site that features the depiction of an outstretched hand. The Helping Hand fountain has become a popular spot for moments of quiet reflection.

“Jeff has a very unique talent for taking any donation or ‘found object’ and creating a work of art,” Stuart Perry explains. “His fountains are restful and spectacular for our family and visitors to our center.”

Helping Hand fountain now has a new feature – but it is a work of nature. A seven-pound koi fish now swims colorfully through the pond that flows from the fountain, joining smaller koi who already inhabit the pool. The unusually large koi was donated by retired businessman Bobby Jones and his wife Loxi. The Joneses are long-time supporters of community programs in the Marion County area. They recently notified Stuart of their desire to donate the fish, as it required more space than they could provide.

Felix, as he was named by Jeff, arrived at his new home this week and was carefully placed in his new environment. “I am not a fish, but understand the potential stress that this fish might feel,” Jeff said with a smile. “He seemed happy and quickly swam away to join his new friends!”

In the photo above, Jeff Williams checks on his friend Felix as he attends to maintenance of the Helping Hand fountain.

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