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Thanks for Supporting our Fundraiser at Fresco Café!

Special Thanks to Fresco & Everyone Who
Participated & Donated!!

Here's our Board & Staff at the event on July 27th (L-R): David Paul, Bonnie Paul, Arlene Stepputat, Kristianne Clifford, Angela Bell and Donna Kall.
(More photos on Facebook.)

Didn't get to go? You can still Donate! All donations make a difference! :)

Freedom to Choose Workshop at Central California Women's Facility (CCWF)

This workshop is offered to inmates at CCWF. We usually offer it in October and March. The upcoming dates are October 24-27, 2013. If you are a University of Santa Monica graduate and would like to join our volunteer team, please contact us.

Freedom to Choose Workshop: Santa Barbara County

Freedom to Choose workshops were funded to introduce this uniquely experiential education model to people in Santa Barbara County involved in the criminal justice and education system: clients, providers, county staff, and foundations. Here's what participants and county staff had to say...

“The greatest value I received is that I no longer have to suffer with old issues that continue to create addiction.” – Participant

“Freedom to Choose saved my life...” – Veronica (Click to see Video Interview)

“The greatest value I received in Freedom to Choose is the relief of letting stuff go… I think everyone would benefit from it.” – Participant

“I realized I had issues of feeling disrespected, betrayed and let down by important people in my life. Today, I have forgiven them and myself.”
– County Staff Member

“This is a really great opportunity... I work with a lot of teens and a lot of youth, involving gangs... it's going to really help me out...” – Angel (Click to see Video Interview)

“Wow, we're all still 'buzzing' about the seminar in Santa Barbara! Not only is the information important for the inmates, but also for us personally! It was so much more informative than expected, and done so professionally. Thank you more than words can express!” – Alcohol & Drug Counselor

“You created a space where I felt validated for expressing courage. I felt that I could not fail, that as long as I showed up authentically I would be welcomed – and I was. The skills and processes you taught are so valuable. I have been using them with myself and in relationships with others. I... feel more skillful in communicating as a result of last week.” – Homeless Outreach Staff

We are fundraising for future workshops! If you participated and would like to share with future donors about the value you received, please contact us.