Indeed it is... a busy year!

Here it is, over six months since the last news post and we've finally found some time to post some news!

I'm not sure where to begin!

Okay, so... there were the five weeks in Haiti! That program is ongoing.  We are working with CapraCare in the rural community of Fonfrede, just north of Les Cayes.  The group of volunteers, who will bring the program to the community they serve, call their program: Ak Espwa n'ap Chanje Visaj Kominote a.  That means With Hope We Will Change the Face of Our Community in Haitian Creole. The 10 hard-working volunteers hung in there as we communicated through interpreters in French, English, and Creole. We all learned so much! The work goes on and we are on a path to train facilitators so that the NGO has the program and can sustain the work... teaching the individuals these life changing skills.

And then there was South Africa!  Nine weeks there! Hectic, exhausting, and fabulously gratifying! We somehow managed to start four programs in that time. One of them is ongoing and the others are complete. There was The Great Foundation of Hope, The Life Changers, The Peace Innovators, and We Are Not Alone! A total of 34 people experienced the program and lives were changed. We are in the process of planning the next two to five years expanding the program in the township with our partner organization there, BIue O Community Development.

And now there is Oklahoma City!  Whew!  It's been four weeks so far and exciting things are happening. The pilot with a group of middle and high school counselors who call their program the Pioneers for Healing has led to negotiations to fully introduce the program to the students across the district. We are rolling up our sleeves and preparing for an amazing long-term commitment.

And so, we have the prospect of a model rural community, a model township, and a model school district. Our work is cut out for us! We are building the team.  And the work goes on at home base in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The "open enrollment" program there has been ongoing. What a wonderful committed group they are. They call themselves The Resilients! 

Watch this space! More news coming!

Its Going to Be a Busy Year!

It's been a busy time since out last news update. In fact, 2016 was an extremely productive year. Much was progress was made.  Lives were changed, lessons were learned, team members were added, the program was improved, connections were made, possibilities were realized, more were explored, and new ones envisioned.  And the year ended with a huge accomplishment for the future of the program.  We filed for non-profit status!  And so, the Ardicare Foundation has been established and the way has been paved to bring the CSDP to communities everywhere.  And so, 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year.

We started the year with the fifth implementation of the program at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. And what a great group!  They call themselves the Resilient Hearts and they've started their work together.

In less than a week, Diana will be headed to Haiti where the staff and volunteers of CapraCare in Fonfrede (down in the south just north of Les Cayes) will be participating in the program. While doing the program themselves, they will be learning how it is done. They are the good folks who will be bringing the CSDP to the community they serve.  We have the materials all translated into French and Haitian Creole so... there ain't no stoppin' us now! :))

After Haiti, there are at least six more programs that will be implemented in the US and in South Africa this year.  Whew! We have our work cut out for us!  We are building a great team. Have you seen the profiles?  Take a look on the Who We Are page.

Oh, and great news! Diana was accepted to present the program at the Pathways to Resilience Conference being held in Cape Town, South Africa in June.

More great news! The Department of Social Services of the Western Cape Province government in South Africa agreed to pilot the program in a community in Cape Town.  They have partnered us with The Trauma Centre there and the funding request has been submitted.

Watch this space for more good news and keep an eye out for the upcoming fundraising campaigns.  Funds are going to be needed to bring the program to communities in need. We don't need a lot. So, if you have it in your heart to help and you have a few bucks to spare, please consider making a donation today.  Take this opportunity to put your money to good work in the world and get a tax deduction while you're at it. You'll be glad you did. We'll be deeply grateful.

More soon! 

Program for Afghan Women in Vancouver

The current implementation of the CSDP in Vancouver, Canada, is with a group of twelve ladies from Afghanistan. This has been organized by our partner organization, Partnership Afghanistan Canada (PAC). We are half way through the Participant Workshop.  What a beautiful community of wise women this is! They are learning lots and loving it and also teaching me a thing or two. We are using our recently translated Dari materials and crossing the language barrier as best we can. The conversation about what to call their program is not quite over but it will be something like "Window to Hope through Empathy for Afghan Women" and they want somehow to include the words self-discovery and self-realization. 

Oklahoma is not O.K./Soul Retrieval Journey 2016

Think Round Fine Arts is proud to present Oklahoma is not O.K./Soul Retrieval Journey 2016 ...Recalling ACEs* — Seeking Silver Linings: Books II-VII by fine artist Heidi Hardin. Hardin has created sixteen new paintings and six books that are set in a dramatic sound environment featuring the original music of her long term collaborator, Jonathan Sacks.

The exhibition examines six ACEs, adverse childhood experiences, that her two brothers, Chris and Mark, and she endured in 1964, when they were ten, eleven and thirteen years old, while under the protection and care of Hardin’s mother and step-father. She presents six stories that she wrote in 2004 while taking a memoir class for survivors of trauma conducted by Alan Kaufman. These stories were left untouched and unread, and have remained unedited from the day that they were written. Their subject matter presents a wide range of family trauma—from domestic violence and criminal child endangerment; hence the difficulty in returning to them…until now. Hardin’s intent is to demonstrate that life’s fullest potential can be reached by those who have faced even the most extreme environmental conditions even from the youngest age.

Hardin sought to remember her traumatic past, and now has remembered. Now, she seeks the silver linings born of these experiences—and there are many, not the least of which is Ms. Hardin’s birth vision, the completion of The Human Family Tree/A Walk Through Paradise… and the creation of The Center for the Human Family. For this reason, also on display in the studio gallery, will be scores of portraits of subject families who are participants in her Human Family Tree Project. These individuals, as well as friends in recovery, represent her broader family, the human family. Together they have given Hardin the courage to finally speak the truth for herself. For all this and her past experiences now in perspective, she is most grateful.

Heidi will be present to welcome visitors throughout the exhibition that will run through December 30th. Gallery hours are 8-noon Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment.