Hello Rick and Julia Herson,
I have met Carolyn Garcia at the July 4th celebration in 08, which was a true pleasure and have had several conversations with her since then. I so appreciated her sincerity and genuineness.
I’ve refrained from writing until now, not feeling entirely comfortable with asking for favors, however the time has come for me to make some decisions so that I may be able to forge ahead with the vision that I have been given and carried since 1986. I am creating an Educational Community Center on the land that I purchased from you… We have ran a lot of very meaningful and powerful curriculum for youth as well as provided a place for spiritual communities to gather and do ceremony. We are starting Wayfinders [interfaith Rites of Passage] whose curriculum will be centered on the land. I’ll put information about this at the end of this letter. We have had Sundance ceremony community gatherings here every year We run three inipi sweatlodges here a month, a men’s lodge, a womens lodge and a community lodge. We have had ceremonies from many different cultures [Mayan, Celtic, etc.] as well as a Celtic festival last year. We have had wedding ceremonies as well as funeral ceremonies, adult education and recovery ceremonies here. This land has become the heart center for many, many people and a healing sanctuary. We are affiliated with over 27 nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, Jewish temples and spiritual communities of all walks. Our curriculum genuinely reflects our commitment to making the world a better place for seven generations to come.
Carolyn’s compassion and openness to suggestion has, thankfully, given me the opportunity to pursue another path in order to see this to fruition. My recent endeavors to obtain a business loan have similarly met with a dead end, as did my attempts to get a personal construction loan. It seems that financial institutions are leery of financing anything over 50 acres during the best of times, even though I had been able to secure a pre-approval 3 times up until June of 2008. Now however, with the current economic ‘crisis’, it seems that banks just aren’t accepting any new construction loans or require 10-15% liquid assets or cash, which I don’t have currently. I have not given up on my aspirations to build an administration building in the least. This project would include paying off the owner as financer loan I have with you and Carolyn. However, the balloon payment is looming on the near horizon and my last three year’s concerted effort have brought me to a place of uncertainty as to how we will meet that deadline. I am sincerely hoping that you will be willing to work with me so that we can secure the land and our efforts to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities…
Carolyn made mention in our conversation that you all may be amenable to a time extension. That was very kind of her. A huge weight lifted from just that simple possibility. May I suggest that we meet to discuss any thoughts or ideas you might have on this matter? Thank you for your considerations. Please contact me at your convenience; I look forward to hearing from you.
David C. Maloney M.Ed.
Community Vision Coordinator
Board President, Peace Village
Executive Director, Many Hands Community Ed. Serviceswww.manyhandscommunity.orgWolfManyHands@aol.com
30612 Butterfly Lane
Eugene, OR 97405
"If we are to attain real peace in this world, it will have to begin with the children." Mahatma Gandhi
Many Hands Community creates educational settings in which we nurture children and families through community spirit, personal empowerment and connection with the land while fostering a culture of acceptance.
Many Hands Community is a dynamic not for profit organization. It is an intimate collaboration between local non-profit organizations, each with their own mission & brought together under a united goal. The Many Hands Community is a land stewardship program designed to rent out the land & facilities to interested parties & create revenue that will then support the Many Hands Educational Community Center. MHECC is a year-round program involving children, parents, & community members in education & multi-cultural programs, recreation, community improvement, & service activities.
Every child grows up with a sense of self and community and is given the tools to navigate both effectively with an understanding of the inter-relatedness to help them become whole and healthy human beings and productive members of society.
Establish a multi-service n-f-p organization that utilizes existing structures and resources, and develops community collaborations to enhance educational programming in Eugene. Incorporating elements of Social and Emotional Learning, Life-role Education and Community Awareness Education through SEL Curriculum and the traditional wisdom and applied spirituality of the Native American Sacred Hoop teachings.
INTERFAITH TEEN RITES OF PASSAGE
Developing one’s sense of self, purpose, community, fellowship and leadership, is the vision of Wayfinders.
Mentoring and supporting youth in defining self and one’s path. Through an inter-faith study of rights of passage, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, youth will be guided in a 9-month quest for self. Activities, challenges, discussions and adventures are all designed for the emergence of developing the core values of peace, courage, wisdom, integrity and compassion.
This program connects community members belonging to many traditions, both secular and spiritual.
These mentors come together for the purpose of providing opportunities to explore with youth what it means to come into adulthood in a way which honors mulit-cultural and interfaith ceremonies.