Who We Are
1. Divinely Guided Leadership
We listen within for the still, small voice of Spirit’s inspiration as it comes through the wisdom of our hearts. Spirit is our partner in this organization and we are dedicated to acting in ways that fulfill the highest good of all concerned. When we do this, we participate in opening to Grace.
We accept and creatively embrace the challenges of life, transforming challenges into stepping stones. We work together in cooperation and harmony, gratefully appreciating our own and each other’s strengths, contributions and value. We are soooooo flexible!
3. Walk Our Talk
We do our best to authentically “walk our talk,” demonstrating the skills that we teach. We consistently and gratefully use our skills to resolve our own emotional reactivity.
Our intention is to dynamically demonstrate excellence, supporting ourselves and each other in blooming fully and sharing our gifts. We take responsibility for our actions, holding a clear intention to consistently keep our agreements. We share our ideas and listen to each other openly and creatively, working together to create a culture of friendly feedback that supports excellence, growth and joy.
We delight in the opportunities we have to co-create more freedom inside ourselves and in the world. We encourage freedom of Authentic Self expression, and freedom within our roles to function in ways that are fulfilling for each person. With that freedom comes responsibility to make choices that are in the highest good of all concerned.
We respect the value of every person, regardless of outer circumstances. We do our best to treat ourselves and each other with kindness, care and consideration. We respect the sacred and often confidential nature of our work.
7. Lifelong Learning
We are individually and collectively dedicated to learning and growth. We take responsibility for our own growth, our emotions and attitude.
8. Loving Service
We believe that loving service is one of the highest expressions of human consciousness, and it begins with taking good care of ourselves. We recognize that at our core, we are love and we bring loving forward in all the many ways we serve.
We take loving care of our resources, first and foremost ourselves. We engage in strategic planning and optimize processes to maximize our financial and people resources. As an outflow, we enjoy an ever-increasing flow of abundance on all levels!
We enjoy doing amazing work in the world, and we have a lot of fun in the process!
The name of the organization and the signature workshop, “Freedom to Choose,” was inspired by the work of Viktor Frankl and his well-known book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Fundamental to his teaching was the lesson, hard-won as a survivor of the concentration camps, that every person always has the freedom to choose their response to the events of their life. This lesson serves as a cornerstone of what The Freedom to Choose Project teaches in prison. In Frankl’s words:
“Everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms, the freedom to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.”
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
FTC has been providing programs that reduce violence and recidivism in California prisons for more than 14 years. To date, FTC has served more than 3,000 prisoners through a corps of volunteers who have donated over 74,600 hours.
The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. FEIN #27-2521943.
The Freedom to Choose Project, along with the co-directors Drs. David and Bonnie Paul have received numerous awards:
Co-Founder | Board of Directors | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono)
FTC Volunteer since 2004
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors | Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – VSP (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2012
Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – VSP (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2005
Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – CIW (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono) | Newcomer Liasion (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2006
ALL OF OUR WORK IS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR WONDERFUL CORP OF VOLUNTEERS
FTC is primarily a volunteer run organization and we are incredibly grateful for the dedication, heart and support of our amazing team. Our volunteers make this works possible.