We are happy to announce the creation of our non-profit entity Joyful Yoga & Friends. Our plan is to raise awareness and money for introducing the science and art Yoga and Meditation to many different local causes. Our Number 1 concern is the plight of young girls who leave or who are aging off our Foster care system here in SW Florida.
We recently became aware of a 13 year-old girl who had been “kicked out” of her foster home and was living in a homeless shelter in Naples and attending Bonita Charter School, only half a mile from our studio!!! Not in Newark, or even Lehigh Acres, but right down the street!! (She has recently found a new home.)
We have been contributing to a local organization founded by Judy Woods that has been a driving force to change the lives of these “at-risk” kids. Her organization, Footsteps to the Future, explains it best.
In Judy’s words, “Footsteps to the Future is committed to providing former foster youth with the opportunities essential for self-sufficiency and a healthy, productive lifestyle, by providing them with a safe place to live, access to education, employment readiness and opportunities, life skills training and mentoring. Failing to support this group (of youth) through the difficult transition of leaving foster care often results in enormous cost in terms of wasted lives, disrupted communities, and the taxpayer burden of delinquency, dependence, homelessness, and incarceration. Clearly preventative services are the most cost effective way to meet the needs of this population and change their plight. By giving former foster youth access to the resources they need, we heal the symptoms of a broken system. Through our advocacy on a local, state and national level, we work to repair the system.”
As you are planning your tax deductible contributions, please consider contributing to our fund to further Judy’s work and provide these girls with not only the additional powerful tools of Yoga & Meditation instruction to help them better handle the challenges of life in general, but essentials like clothes, sundries and loving homes.
Our website (http://www.joyfulyoga.com/jy&friends.html) is equipped to accept donations or you may drop them off to the Joyful Yoga Studio.
Our Federal tax identification #is 27-3670282
Tess Chiodo and the Joyful Yoga Family