In the month of August 2019, B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. experienced exciting milestones. Our ‘Back To School Extravaganza’ was a GIANT success and new partnerships are creating opportunities for our youth. B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is grateful for every opportunity, but most importantly we could not accomplish this breakthrough without our donors and volunteers! The compassion all donors and volunteers show to the people we serve is an inspiration for us all. Thank you for treating everyone with respect and kindness, no matter the situation. You are all such an important part of our organization, and B.A.R.E Truth, Inc. hopes you know that.
BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA
In mid-August 2019, B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc.’s ‘Back to School Extravaganza’ at Troost Park and Greg Klice Community Center located in Kansas City, Missouri was an amazing experience for the area youth and a rewarding one for the B.A.R.E. Truth Team. Kansas City is Joseph Bradford III’s hometown and this event is close to his heart. Joseph’s vision has always been to pay-it-forward to his hometown and make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most. The Troost Park Back to School was a free event for Kansas City area families and children. They received clothing items, backpacks filled with supplies, hygiene products, free haircuts, fun games, free food, face painting, and a bounce house for the kids. There were guest speakers in the Greg Klice Community Center, including 200 backpacks available for the area kids. The photos below present some of the area families and children that enjoyed the event.
B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is excited about a new and eagerly awaited partnership. We have teamed up with Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood, California to teach 7th and 8th grade boys. The Gentleman’s League course focuses on career and character development. The purpose of this elective is to work with students to communicate valuable career path options and share personal experiences. The instructor will provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and strong role modeling/mentorship throughout the course cycle. B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. is committed to helping students explore career opportunities, strong goal orientation, trust building, and skill-awareness to assist with the youth’s personal and professional growth. We have been working on this partnership for over one year; a special THANK YOU to everyone that helped make this opportunity a reality. Our immediate goal for our youths is to positively influence lives for generations to come. The boys in the photo below expressed that they liked the class structure. The boys appreciated that the class was ‘strict’ because it pushes them to pay attention and others stated they enjoyed the class topics because it helps them in their personal lives.
A MINDSET OF GRATITUDE
According to Amy Morin, Psychotherapist and mental strength author, there are benefits to practicing gratefulness. Research reveals an attitude of gratitude has seven benefits:
-Attitude of Gratitude opens the door to more relationships because acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
-Gratitude improves physical health because grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, which likely contributes to further longevity.
-Gratitude improves psychological health because gratitude reduces large amounts of toxic emotions, including depression.
-Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression because grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner and there is a decreased desire to seek revenge.
-Grateful people sleep better because those who spend just 15 minutes jotting down few grateful sentiments sleep longer.
-Gratitude improves self-esteem because studies show that gratefulness reduce social comparisons and grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
-Gratitude increases mental strength because it does not only reduce stress, but it may help overcome trauma and foster resilience.
B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. invites you to practice gratefulness all year-round, invest in positively influencing others, and contribute to efforts that help transform communities for generations to come.
UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sept 14, 2019- Homeless / Skid Row Outreach. We will feed, provide water and pass out hygiene bags.
- Time: 9: 00 a.m.
- Location: 6th and Wall St. (Skid Row)
- Items we need: socks, water, backpacks, hygiene products, blankets, nail clippers, hand towels, tents, adult clothes and adult shoes.
B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. host events monthly and your support either in a monetary form or other donations is greatly appreciated. Please connect with us!! Let B.A.R.E. Truth, Inc. know, if we can count on a monthly monetary donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. All contributions help the clients we serve! JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please Sign Up or Donate, see link below.
For those who would like to volunteer, but you are not able to, then donating is an option too!
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- ALL YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Be part of the solution – key to a life of happiness.
- Level up your passionate interest and skills – what are you passionate about?
- Pay-it-forward – practice gratefulness!
- Empower people to be their best selves – help others succeed!
- Create more positive experiences by – contributing time or money.
Morin, A. (2014, November 23). 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude that will motivate you to give thanks year-round. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#2a66defb183c
By Maria I. Castro, MPA
B.A.R.E. Truth Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
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