Do you double dog dare me to make a video of me climbing a tree in the yard of my convent and post it online?
10 years ago I was on the staff of Tubman House in Sacramento, California.
Since then, I have been forever changed. When I worked at Tubman House, I learned a lot about adventure, celebrating goodness and risk-taking for the common good. Now, I am thinking that it's time for me to take a wild-and-crazy risk for the sake of the common good!
Tubman house is all about causing transformations in the lives of young people. I was one of the people that it changed. I was especially inspired by the young parents and the children of Tubman House and was blessed to learn great lessons about strength, perseverance, and love from them.
Tubman House is no 30 day shelter. We are in for the long haul. Our clients do not manage crisis- they conquer it.
Tubman serves young parents (18 to 21 years old) and their children as they overcome homelessness and trauma. Each resident stays up to 18 months, receiving free housing and relentless support to become leaders in their own lives- and leaders in the lives of their children and communities.
How do we convince a young woman or a young man journeying through hard times that the world holds beauty and possibility?
We offer a home instead of a shelter. Get each to the ocean and the snow. Give plenty of time. Offer love. Believe in each. Hand over the reigns. Share possibilities, but don’t declare a path as they consider career, college, and ways forward. Let each explore and make a path in that wandering. Remind each constantly of the strengths you see within. Forgive the bad moments. Let each decide when to embrace the practical and when to celebrate the absurd. Give the freedom and trust each young adult deserves.
That's what Tubman House does and that was what I was involved in doing day-in and day-out when I worked there 10 years ago.
Now, I am on the Board of Directors for Waking the Village (the non-profit that operates Tubman House) and so I trying to raise some money to help Tubman out.
Since I worked at Tubman House, I have integrated many of the lessons I learned into the life I now live. Now, I am a Catholic Sister, a writer and a Catholic high school theology teacher. My community is the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoraton and we are based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We have a beautiful convent and yard.
And I Double Dog Dare you to help me raise $2,000 by May 15th to keep Tubman House in the business of transformations!
Here at the convent, there are certain things that are sort of taboo. It's not that I am not allowed to do stuff, it's just that it's inappropriate. Or, it doesn't really fit with the convent culture or what I've signed up for.
Climbing trees in our very beautiful yard is one of those things. I have been here for over 9 years and I have never seen anyone climb these beaufiulf trees. What would happen if someone did?
If I raise $2,000 for Tubman House by May 15th then I will climb a tree in the yard of St. Rose Convent and document and share the results online.
If I raise $500 then I will take a picture of a tree in the yard of St. Rose Convent and post it on my Twitter account.
If I raise $1,000 then I will take I will take a picture of me with a tree in the yard of St. Rose Convent and post it on my Twitter account.
If I raise $1,500 then I will climb a tree at St. Rose Convent and have someone take a picture. I will post this on my Twitter account.
And, if I raise $2,000 then I will climb a tree at St. Rose Convent, loudly sing some hymns (from Sound of Music and Sister Act perhaps), document the results with video and write about my experience on my blog. I will post the video on Twitter (@JuliaFSPA) and on my blog (MessyJesusBusiness.com).
I have no idea what will happen to me if I do this. Can you chip in a few dollars to help me find out?
Thank you for supporting Tubman House and my wild dream to climb more trees!!!!
May God bless you, and may God bless Tubman House!