- courage catalysts -
This is the space where we recognize organizations and individuals who bring courage and love to the places that need it the most. Their work reaches far beyond what they do everyday – they are the change makers, culture shifters, and light bearers. They are Courage Catalysts.
  • Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

    The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. The organization works to fulfill this mission through four strategies:

    1. Provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide.

    2. Offer resources, supportive counseling and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal.

    3. Educate young people and adults who interact with young people on LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection and response.

    4. Advocate for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.

  • Thistle Farms' mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. They provide safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.

    Thistle Farms’ comprehensive model offers women hope and healing through a holistic residential program, employment with social enterprises, and a growing national and global network dedicated to changing a culture that allows human beings to be bought and sold.

    Residents and graduates of the residential program are employed in one of the divisions of diverse social enterprises, including a natural body and home product company, the Café at Thistle Farms, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global. The National network includes a community of sister organizations utilizing Thistle Farms’ model in cities across the country, along with myriad other partners, advocates, and organizations united in the belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. 

  • Archway Academy is a sober high school supporting the educational needs of teens in recovery. It can be scary and overwhelming for a teen to go to residential treatment or begin the journey of recovery. One of the biggest challenges they face begins when they re-enter the school system. Archway Academy offers students an opportunity to grow (academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually) by integrating the principles of recovery into daily education.

    Archway was established in 2003 by concerned parents and adolescent addiction recovery experts who recognized the need for a school that was dedicated to supporting teens in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse or dependency. Archway is an official Recovery High School, meeting all membership criteria for the national Association of Recovery Schools (ARS). Located on the campus of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Archway is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Archway aims to create a community of diversity, compassion and mutual respect.

  • Black Therapists Rock (BTR) has a dual purpose: Professional Development and Community Development

    The professional development purpose of BTR is to unify all current or aspiring black counselors, coaches, spiritual advisors, LPCs, MFTs, Social Workers, and Psychologist. Through networking, training, and mentorship, they deliver career guidance and support to ensure the highest quality of services are provided to their communities.

    The community development purpose of BTR is to inspire change through psychosocial education. Globally, they partner with other organizations to provide free culturally relevant classes on psychological skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, positive thinking, goal setting, responsible decision making, and healthy relationships.

    By normalizing/encouraging prevention based education, BTR reduces barriers to psychological health and decreases stigma against seeking mental health care when needed. Black Therapist Rock is here to let the world know that they are dedicated professionals and they absolutely ROCK!

  • For more than 60 years, The Women’s Home has helped women build whole lives. These women have struggled with addictions, mental illness, homelessness, past abuse and a lack of job skills or education. The Women's Home offers them an individualized WholeLife program based on six wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and vocational.

    The program hosts two residential campuses. The treatment and transitional housing program offers up to 18 months of support. In addition, The Women’s Home owns and operates an 88-unit apartment community, Jane Cizik Garden Place. Both residential programs offer a solution to women who seek a safe, sober and drug-free community where they can recognize and reach their unique potential for success.

    The comprehensive Women's Home program is a national model for successful rehabilitation, as they address issues such as abuse, mental illness, homelessness, poverty, crime and wellness. Their licensed professional team - psychiatrists, chemical dependency and vocational counselors, social workers, nurse practitioners and therapists - help their clients to gain the necessary self-esteem and skills to become successful and lead a productive life.

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Welcome to the Wholehearted revolution!

Our revolution is a small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, “My story matters because I matter.” A movement where we can take to the streets with our messy, imperfect, wild, stretch-marked, wonderful, heartbreaking, grace-filled, and joyful lives. A movement fueled by the freedom that comes when we stop pretending that everything is okay when it isn’t. A call that rises up from our bellies when we find the courage to celebrate those intensely joyful moments even though we’ve convinced ourselves that savoring happiness is inviting disaster.

Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance. Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. You’re going to confuse, piss-off, and terrify lots of people – including yourself.  One minute you'll pray that the transformation ends, and the next minute you’ll pray that it never ends. You’ll also wonder how you can feel so brave and so afraid at the same time. At least that’s how I feel most of the time . . . brave, afraid, and very, very alive.

Below are some videos and links to articles that will give you a sense of the work we’re doing together. Again, so glad you’re here. 

Maybe stories are just data with a soul.