Aiming to create empowerment, unity, and love in our community, our team declared we would raise $165,000 in 27 days for Gracehaven and support them in their mission: to stop the cycle of child sex trafficking by providing services such as survivor care and support, residential housing, prevention education, intervention trainings, and community collaboration. Gracehaven is creating a new life for children who have experienced unimaginable hardship, and our team was honored to work with them during the course of this project.
In our lives, it is inevitable to develop relationships that do not serve us. Whether it happens over time or we unknowingly entangle our lives with people who have different values, we can find ourselves being a part of a relationship that - just like the clutter we get to clean up - can weigh us down.
Though the weather hasn’t officially made up its mind in Ohio yet, late March is the official beginning of spring. We have pushed through the beginning of the year with dreams and goals for a better new year and it’s at this time that we begin to feel the changing of the seasons in our bones. Over the course of the winter months, we may have allowed cabin fever to let us procrastinate on chores and convinced ourselves that the shorter days were a great reason to postpone errands for another day. Many of us find that by this time of year, our homes are in desperate need of a proper spring cleaning.
We, Fiery 14, of Next Level Trainings VIP’s 14th leadership class, launched a large-scale community service project (CSP) for a local non-profit as part of our transformational curriculum. The selection process was intense. Many VIP 14 members lobbied for the non-profit of their choice with the final contenders being put to a team vote. Regardless of the outcome, our team committed to creating love, passion, and connection within our team, in the world, and especially for the non-profit that would be our focus.