Carlee Santarelli via Crowdrise
April 30, 2013
BENEFITING: Getting Out By Going In
Alright, I'm doing it! All fears aside of not knowing enough friends, family, strangers (technically not strangers if I know them, but you know what I mean) or the fear of not being able to raise some cash-o-la!
I'm doing 30 days straight of hot yoga at my favorite studio in L.A., Moksha Yoga! This is in appreciation of a program called G.O.G.I (Getting Out by Going In). I've spent the last few months on Saturdays shadowing Coach Maria, so I could get a feel for what it was like volunteering in a jail setting, and eventually, start facilitating my own classes. I intended to only shadow a few classes, but I was so amazed and personally touched by the program, I kept coming back! I finally started facilitating my own life skills classes and I couldn't have done it w/o G.O.G.I.
G.O.G.I. gives incarcerated men and women tools to create their own eternal freedom. It teaches us to not let the wreckage of our past define our future, and to GET OUT of old behaviors by GOING IN to personal responsibility and personal accountability.
$25.00 gets a mother in prison the book that can help her get her kids back.
$50 gets 2 inmates the book they need to hold GOGI Groups in their housing units.
$100 gets materials and supplies to 10 inmates who want to start a GOGI Group.
$1,000 gets GOGI for more than 100 prisoners!!!
Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated! If everyone I asked gives just $10.00, that can add up quick!
This challenge is also in memory of my loving brother, Brian Douglas Schriefer, may he rest in peace, and in honor of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for their continued support in Education Based Incarceration, my life purpose.
Thanks to Coach Mara Leigh Taylor, Coach Maria, Coach Leigh, Coach Amy, Coach Lindsey, Coach Djor, Coach China, Richard Weintraub (LASD), EBI Captain Bornman (LASD), EBI Ruth Lubinsky (LASD), and Tara Smith for the inspiration to do this!
Wish me luck! I love you all!