Welcome to July! Now that the ‘June gloom’ has passed and the summer sun is shining here in Santa Barbara, we are taking stock and celebrating a LOT!
We just returned from leading our “Pathways to Freedom – Breaking the Cycle” workshop down at the California Institution for Women (CIW), where we were blessed to serve with 45 volunteers (10 of whom were brand-new!). Chemin and Stanley, facilitators-in-training, led the weekend beautifully. For all of us, it was a job well done – full of grace, heart, and even… miracles!
One of the most moving sharings of the weekend came on Sunday morning. One of our participants shared that, while she’s been in prison for 23 years, this was her first workshop with us.
The limiting cycle she wanted to break was resentment. Through listening to her heart, she was able to release the resentment she’s been holding around the murder of her child. She felt resentment towards society for punishing her with a long sentence while the person who killed her son is still free.
She shared, “This workshop taught me the importance of letting go to heal pain. Thank you. This not only healed my body but also my spirit by nurturing it with new hopes and possibilities.”
It doesn’t get much better than that!
What We’re Celebrating This Month
Last year, a member of the SATF staff (who’s in charge of their YOP program) reached out to us. He was hungry for support to assist these young men, and he heard about our YOP program at Valley State Prison.
He arranged an opportunity for us to meet with four of his YOP inmate mentors during our SATF visit. This was definitely one of the highlights of our tour! We were deeply touched by the heartfelt sincerity and eagerness in these men to work with us in getting their YOP program off the ground.
Be sure to join us here today so you don’t miss our first community call on Tuesday, July 9 at 11am Pacific!
Details for how to join the video call are available once you sign up here.
Thank you so much for being part of our community. And a very happy 4th of July to all those celebrating!
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