Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. was born out of the founders innate calling to support and train parents, and to help raise as many children as possible. In January 1996 this journey began and took the form of life coaching on an individual basis, taking kids and young adults into her home, supporting them through school into a career, and then through marriage and family life. By the end of 2016 she had housed/raised or helped to raise 19 children, and coached over 100 children and families.
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 27th, 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 the 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 was what we now call ''Conversations on Parenting" (COP), where we provide an atmosphere for round table discussions of pertinent issues among adults. The areas discussed parenting in today's society. Any person who has parents or is parenting is welcome. This is a forum where honesty and learning prevails, and a safe community is created. Individual coaching sessions were continued and, clients are referred to outside resources for further help. 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.
We then introduced our second initiative, “Parenting on Purpose", (POP), a tried and tested nine-week video series, by Dr. Bob Barnes, which teaches and strengthens parenting skills. Each video is about 45 minutes to an hour long, and there is a workbook that we follow along in, and answer questions and end with a hearty, provoking discussion and a call to action. We meet in homes and libraries and have introduced this to 10 persons already in only 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 a “Parents Night Out” (PNO), that 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 the aforementioned programs will ignite and sustain the “Rebuilding of The Village".
VISION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Cleft of the Rock Foundation has a 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.