About Cleft of the Rock Foundation
As the great demand for a more permanent, long-term, and broader base for family strengthening in our communities became apparent, the process to start a more sustainable plan developed, and the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. began. Its mission is “To help abused and abandoned children and struggling families improve their circumstances through education, life-coaching proper shelter, nourishment, and work.” On April 26th, 2018, a 501c(3) was awarded, and volunteers were immediately brought on as board members to help with the formulation of an organization that would seek to raise awareness for the need for parent education, provide parent training and to provide support to children and families.
In May of 2018, we launched our first annual shoe drive, the result of which we collected almost 3000 pairs of shoes all summer, with the help of over 100 volunteers, and then sent the shoes to organizations seasoned in helping people start their own businesses or prepare for jobs and job interviews. This proved extremely successful and it also made many people aware of Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. and its mission.
Our first initiative is what we now call ''Conversations on Parenting" (COP), where we provide an atmosphere for round table discussions of pertinent issues among adults. These small group meetings are hosted in homes, and are usually in the form of a “potluck” style. We hosted our first COP on August 12, 2018, and served over 80 people in the first six months. One of the areas discussed is parenting in today's society. Any person who has parented, is parenting, or plans to parent is welcome. This is a forum where honesty and learning prevail, and a safe community is created. Individual coaching sessions are also available, as well as referrals to outside resources for further help.
We then introduced our second initiative, “Parenting on Purpose" (POP), a tried and tested nine-week video series, by Dr. Bob Barnes, that teaches and strengthens parenting skills. Each video is about 45 minutes long, there is a workbook to follow along with, and thought-provoking questions at the end that lead to a hearty discussion and a call to action. We meet in homes, libraries, and virtually. We introduced this program to 10 people within the first month.
It is our desire to launch our program for men only, called “Focus on Fathers” (FOF), which provides forums that are safe for fathers to learn, grow and thrive, and also include opportunities to celebrate them. We also offer “Parents Night Out” (PNO), which allows parents to have a safe place to leave their kids, while they are strengthening their marriage and have adult time. It is our hope that the aforementioned programs will ignite and sustain the “Rebuilding of The Village."
VISION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Cleft of the Rock Foundation has the vision to build “Communities where families are strong and children are safe through the love and support of deliberate parenting.” We pray that future generations will say that this organization is the start of how "The village was rebuilt", and parenting became a community effort. Grandparents, extended families, mom, dads, neighbors, teachers and community leaders (policemen) all worked together to raise responsible adults, who are marriageable and employable, and able to raise generations of people who will make our world better. It made citizens take responsibility for their own decisions by going to the source, instead of blaming the issues on everything other than the real problems. It instituted preventative measures instead of constant avenues to cure societies’ issues. That this foundation created avenues for all citizens to address pertinent historical, racial, spiritual, educational, and financial issues that were preventing societies from successfully reaching their highest potential. It gave our world these strong communities, great neighborhoods, fair educational systems, balanced families, present parents, and disciplined, happy kids
To provide essential support and opportunities for abused, abandoned children, and families in need. We are dedicated to improving their circumstances through education, life coaching, ensuring proper shelter, nourishment, and fostering pathways to meaningful work. By addressing these critical needs, we aim to empower individuals and families, offering the necessary tools and guidance to rebuild their lives, fostering a foundation for a brighter, more promising future
We strive to create communities where strong, resilient families and the safety of children are fundamental. Our goal is to make deliberate and nurturing parenting a societal norm, fostering an environment of love, guidance, and steadfast support. Through our dedicated efforts, we aim to build a society where every child feels secure, valued, and empowered, shaping a brighter, more compassionate future.
What do we offer?
Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. is uniquely poised to offer education, resources, support, guidance and overall assistance to parents, grandparents, and families who are either struggling with the challenges of raising responsible adults, or who recognize that without a plan, they will struggle one day. We are a working-volunteer organization that leans on those who have successfully made it through our program and various levels, to assist in the guidance and encouragement of those moms and dads who may be a few steps behind. We have activities and events that bring families together and facilitate bonding in ways that are rare in today's technology-driven and socially disconnected society. We take it back to the "good old days" by rebuilding "The Village," a network of families who are like-minded in their parenting philosophies and plans or the futures of their children.
Who do we serve?
Our services are for anyone who is a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or any other stakeholder in the lives of our society's most precious commodity; our children.
There is no class in high school or college that teaches you how to be a deliberate parent. No course that helps people young and old understand the impact that everyday interaction has on the impressionable minds they are molding. Most are barely surviving the perils of the parenting maze, hoping to get out on the other side in one piece. Cleft of the Rock is here to show families how to successfully navigate child-rearing; how to thrive in parenting, instead of just surviving
Why do you need it?
There is no class in high school or college that teaches you how to be a deliberate parent. No course that helps people young and old understand the impact that every day interaction has on the impressionable minds they are molding. Most are barely surviving the perils of the parenting maze, hoping to get out on the other side in one piece. Cleft of the Rock is here to show families how to successfully navigate child-rearing; how to thrive in parenting, instead of just surviving. dity; our children.
Why should you trust us?
Apart from the professional credentials of our working board members, we boast 40 years of combined experience in caring for the less fortunate, serving children and families, and ministering to the needs of those around us. Please see the reviews and words from Every Family has a Story.