Although the Weekend of Recovery program will celebrate our 18 year anniversary in September 2018 and our up-coming Advanced Weekend of Recovery (August 10 – 12, 2018) will be our 70th event, MenHealing as a free-standing 501(c)3 organization is slightly less than 8 months old. A central goal of our new organizational venture is to achieve on-going sustainability. Forming and maintaining a healthy, creative, and collaborative Board is an essential building block to enhance a sustainable future.
To that end, the MenHealing Board is working hard to build the structures of leadership and oversight that promote an organizational culture that is congruent between our mission and our methods of daily operation and decision-making.
The Board had a very productive meeting on August 5th.
Current Board members – from left to right: Jaye Rieser, James Ott, Uma Dorn, (Joanna Colrain – on computer screen via Zoom link), John Walker, and Kristy Bartley.
Officer positions and areas of leadership were approved at this 8/5 meeting:
| Board Chair
|| Joanna Colrain
| Board Secretary
|| Kristy Bartley
| Board Treasurer
|| Jaye Rieser
| Research Project
|| Uma Dorn
| Special Projects
|| James Ott
| Alumni Outreach
|| John Walker
The Board will focus on recruiting new members to expand the size and diversity of this governing body. The Board is committed to building a collaborative working relationship with the Facilitator Team. To that end, Board members and Facilitator Team will share time together as part of the up-coming Facilitator Staff Retreat, which will be conducting at Alta Lodge, UT. after the Advanced WOR.
2018 WORs Update
The Facilitator Team is in the final stages of preparation for the 2018 Advanced WOR which will be conducted at Alta, UT. this weekend, August 10 – 12th at scenic Alta, UT. This year’s Advanced WOR will focus on the theme “Relationships & Intimacy.”
We continue to receive registrations for the October 19 -21, 2018 Level 1 WOR at Whidbey Institute, WA.
Registration for the Whidbey Institute Level 1 WOR will remain open until September 19th. We have a generous pool of scholarship funds available for male-identified survivors who have needs for financial assistance. Scholarship applications are available here.
We often hear feedback from WOR Alumni who have transformed their lives after having attended a Weekend or Day of Recovery event. It is gratifying when Alumni find creative ways to “pay it forward” by contributing to our long-term goal of sustainability.
This week’s Announcement highlights the efforts of Jordan Masciangelo – a WOR Alumni who is spearheading the Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition Climb. Jordan is planning this climb sometime in the early months of 2019. This Expedition project is intended to raise donated funds that can support the work of MenHealing and the WORs.
Below is a report from Jordan about a very successful fund-raising event he conducted on July 27th in Miami. THANK YOU JORDAN!!!
Making Waves in Miami!
A big big thank you!
Droves of Miamian fitness enthusiasts came out to sweat for a cause at the Challenge Leads To Change Epic Fundraiser last Saturday at the Epic Hybrid Training studio in Coral Gables.
Weekend of Recovery alumnus and MenHealing support staff member, Jordan Masciangelo, organized and executed our first fundraising event down in sunny South Florida to great success! After a tough-as-nails HIIT workout, participants enjoyed snacks, drinks and an incredible prize giveaway while
Jordan shared his story, his mission to help male-identified survivors and spoke about the work MenHealing is doing communities all across the country.
“So much of the work we do in this field can be very doom and gloom - and while sexual abuse is definitely no laughing matter, the recovery and reclaiming process doesn’t always have to be so dire. I wanted to hold an event that would not only raise money and give me a venue to speak to folks who may not normally have the opportunity to learn about male sexual victimization, but I wanted the event to be fun and accessible. My goal is to educate, to inspire and to promote hope and healing, and I think we did just that. The turnout and support has been, frankly, quite moving. Things are changing.”
When planning the event, Jordan was conservative with his fundraising goal, not really knowing how responsive the community would be to the subject matter, but by the end of the afternoon, his goal was nearly doubled - raising more than $3,000 in just a couple of hours!
The Challenge Leads To Change Epic Fundraiser was a huge success and just a part of a larger vision Jordan has for male-identified survivors...
A year ago, Jordan made the decision that it was his time to give back to the survivor community and in partnership with MenHealing, Jordan set out on a fundraising project aimed at raising funds for the Weekend of Recovery Scholarship Program while inspiring other male survivors to do more with their lives.
“I want to challenge complacency and change the meaning of the label survivor,” Jordan says.
Out of his desire to prove that men who have been sexually abused can be so much more than just survivors, the Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge was born.
This challenge will take Jordan to wilds of East Africa next winter as he attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro - a behemoth of a mountain and one of the highest peaks on the planet. The adventure is designed to inspire male survivors of sexual abuse to break free from the confines of mere survival - all while promoting male sexual victimization awareness and focusing on what can be rather than what was.
We are not here to survive, we are here to live.
To donate to Jordan’s mission and for more information on The Kilimanjaro Challenge Expedition, visit www.menhealing.org/Kilimanjaro
Thanks to everyone who has contributed financially - thru one-time as well as on-going recurring donations - to support the work of MenHealing and our Weekend of Recovery programs. We are grateful for your confidence in our capacity to promote the highest quality of healing resources for male-identified survivors of sexual trauma.
Please feel free to send your feedback and any ideas about our work via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Struve, MenHealing Manager
for the Weekend Of Recovery Facilitator Team