Military & Veterans
The late Plato stated with utter eloquence, “we grow closer in one hour of play than a lifetime of conversation.” We are excited to present a project that embraces the unrivaled value of the simple act of ‘play’ and ask for your support as we sail beyond the theological, social, economic, or cultural barriers which divide our community in a vessel of storytelling, healing, mutual growth, and the cultivation of diverse relationships. Sailing provides an incredibly accessible and relevant means of bridging these sociological gaps and a catalyst for the dynamic and dignified interaction in the advancement of social justice, sharing of wisdom, and promotion of interfaith and community collaboration.
Our team is elated to dive into the refurbishment of a 31ft Searunner trimaran (a three hauled sailboat) that will expand an innovative therapeutic recreation and worship program by providing an accessible, communal, healthy, FREE and FUN resource to local nonprofit agencies as well as a formative mission or small group option and unifier for ecumenical/interfaith groups. By providing this recreational resource to our community partners we seek to amplify the work of many by adding a 'quality' to the lives our partnering agencies serve.
We've been able to test this program thanks to the donated use of a 27 foot sailboat which has allowed us to provide free retreats and Bible studies, alternative experiential therapy, sailing instruction, and unique support groups to a variety of groups while gaining learned wisdom that steers this expansion. We have provided recreational based experiential Bible studies and spiritual discernment opportunities to the Holistic Vets group (a local homeless veteran community), Shared Adventures (a recreational program for the developmentally and physically disabled), the Homeless Garden Project (a multifaceted homeless job training program), and Hope Services (a relational program providing care for developmentally disabled). These sailing retreats are part of a larger recreational offering focused on providing experiential therapy, spiritual growth, and alternative worship, mission, and fellowship opportunities.
A key component in our progression towards the overall mission lies in a recent partnership with a team of recreational therapists and psychologists, Living Evolution, allowing us to offer licensed therapist-supported group therapy sessions to various agencies. Living Evolution is a nonprofit group focused on experiential therapy and a core focus on transitional age at risk youth and domestic abuse recovery. In addition, our team also includes the recreational programer for the Shared Adventure program (allowing for expertise and passion in the creation of accessible opportunities for special needs population), representatives of several interfaith communities, participant leaders of a variety of homelessness programs, and amazing volunteers that open the doors for not only sailing, but hiking, surfing, wilderness training, rafting, and even Bingo!
This funded program will allow us to further expand our partnerships throughout the community by offering opportunities such as grief support for families dealing with the terminal illness and/or loss of a loved one through Hospice of Santa Cruz, addiction recovery session for New Life Rehabilitation Center, as well as an in and outpatient participants of Lotus Eating Disorder Center of Santa Cruz, while forming new relationships with a variety of groups moving foward.
We have the boat, the Slip, and some awesome volunteers (and can always use more!!!)
Our 27 Ericson is in action and we are diving into the tri projects as you read this! So donate today and sail with us tomorrow!
To make things interesting:
After $1500 Rev Ryan will dreadlock or donate his hair (we will give desision to a randomly choasen donor!)
At $3000 Rev Ryan will _____Yall pick!____
and when we hit our goal of 5k Rev Ryan will let the donors design a tattoo for him!!!
A year of Harbor fees to keep this resource free and accessible to all in need of a sea breeze, formative activity, dignified community interaction, and a smile filled sanctuary.