#GivingTuesday is Tomorrow!
Thank you so much for being an important part of the Sacred Rok community.
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving, and we are asking for your support to help us to expand our services by donating at https://tinyurl.com/SacredRok. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help us with a vehicle, a house, and a new staff mentor to assist with the youth. We are already more than half way there!
One incarcerated young woman said, “When I go to Yosemite I feel like I can honestly be who I am. I can escape my problems in a healthy way. I take that first breath of fresh mountain air, and I inhale nothing but good positive energy, and when I exhale my problems are released out of my body. I love the beauty of Yosemite. It encourages me and gives me hope that I can make my life beautiful too.”
I know that you share our passion for the value of helping young people to experience what Ron Kauk calls the healing ceremony of nature - as he says, "Without a doubt, the healing power of nature is real."
What is the impact? One incarcerated youth, “Tony” (names of incarcerated minors are confidential), said: “While I was standing alone and enjoying the view of nature, the waterfall, and the rainbow, I began to look to my left and look to my right and notice no one was by my side. At that point I began to realize it’s all on me to make the best of what I have, where I am, and where I’m going in life.” “Tony” has since gotten out of Juvenile Hall, and has a job, a partner, and a baby. He keeps in touch with Ron by text and Facebook, and has asked Ron to visit in Yosemite so that he can again experience the reality and ceremony of nature. But he has no way to get up to Yosemite and no place to stay if he gets up there.
Sacred Rok and Ron have been working with Merced County Juvenile Hall for 8 years, and it is so clear that the young people need a place to go when they get out — just for a day or two or a week for respite from their day to day pressures in the neighborhood. Ron keeps in touch and considers these young people as part of the Sacred Rok family and community. We are raising money to expand our services for aftercare.
And your donation is a good investment — it costs more than $90,000 a year to keep a young person in juvenile hall! A donation has immediate and direct impact, since our first aftercare trips will be in December.
We all know the healing power of nature, and the difference it makes for a troubled young person to learn to sit on a rock or by the river, listening to the rushing water, bearing witness to the granite cliffs, and building a relationship of trust and mutual respect with a caring adult.
Thank you so much for making a difference to Tony and others like him.
I personally support Sacred Rok with both my time and money because I see the impact it has on the youth. One foster teen told me that she had been through so many bad experiences that she always felt she was unimportant and that her life didn't matter. Then, when she lay down in the grass at the Tuolumne Meadows Campground and looked at the night sky, she realized for the first time that her life had meaning and purpose. Her epiphany brought tears to my eyes.
We know you have your own reasons for supporting Sacred Rok, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Please share this link https://tinyurl.com/SacredRok with any of your friends, family, or colleagues who might want the opportunity to invest in Sacred Rok and help to transform lives.
Nancy Goodban, Sacred Rok Board Chair, on behalf of Ron Kauk, Executive Director