Why do partnerships matter? The difference between a friendship and a partnership, a relationship and a marriage, or a job and a passion is the set agreements that are made between the people involved in that new committed relationship. In a circle, there are agreed upon norms that are set by the group before beginning a circle talk. This allows for a level of trust to be established between even strangers. A partnership is established when two people or groups of people come together under an agreed upon set of norms to establish a sense of trust going into their next “circle talk” of life. We want to celebrate our new partnership with Restoration Matters.
I wanted to welcome Darrel Eason to the team. He is coming at a great time to help our existing Board and Staff make it through the transition of losing our host site. We are sad to say that Holy Trinity School and possible Holy Trinity Church are closing. This is a great loss for the St. Ann Community, but a great time for SAVE to spread our wings and use restorative practices to help the St. Ann Community and beyond.
We are working with our first intern from Lindenwood University and hope to have many to follow in her footsteps. Lots of work going on and more posts to come.
Isn’t it great when something we have planned actually happens? Some of the things people take the longest to plan are weddings, buying your first home, or even your college career. It has been almost three years since the first meeting was set up to organize the planning of having a restorative hub. It was to be based here in St. Louis so that people, especially low-income individuals, would not have to travel to receive training through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). In summary, if any individual, group, or organization would like to take any of the workshops to prepare for the online graduate course on restorative practices please let us know.
Day 1 & 2 Introduction to Restorative Practices & The Circle Process
Day 3 & 4 Formal Restorative Conferences
S.A.V.E. Foundation was blessed to do a prayer circle with the First Baptist Church of St. Ann family this past week. Their pastor had a sudden heart attack and at the time was in the coma. After that prayer circle, there was a great since of community and unity in their grief throughout the week and passing of Pastor Mike. We were able to focus on the family and be there for them as well through the next seven days including the funeral. If there is a crisis in your church or family/home, let us be another source to call. A circle can be a great place to start in a journey of healing…
Our Outreach Programs:
S.A.V.E. Foundation will be attending parts of the Pilgrimage of Trust, specially on Monday, May 29th, 2017. We hope to be working with others from the St. Louis delegation team that attended the World Meeting of Popular Movements to continue to spread this message here is St. Louis. This event will be the start of this journey, and we pray that the use of restorative practices will be an integral part of events in 2018.
S.A.V.E. Foundation board members have also been serving on a grant board for a new program similar to Parents as Teachers, but with a focus on faith for families with young children. We will be a resource for the new program coordinator to ensure that VBRD practices are brought to the home during these visits.
We will have the opportunity to speak to a wide audience and share our mission at the Restorative Discipline Summer Institute. It is June 13th, 2017. Come join us as we sponsor a great speaker and inspire those around us to support the work we are doing to add faith to restorative practices. Paste this link and sign up today!
This campaign is to raise funds for the development of empathy curriculum to be used for children age 8-10. This will be used in conjunction with restorative practices as a way to grow the child’s emotional literacy in the area of empathy. We aim to use all funds to create this handbook over the summer 2017.
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The S.A.V.E. Foundation was started in October 2016 after receiving grant funding to further staff education in restorative practices. Holy Trinity Catholic School in St. Ann Missouri had been an original partner with Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, during the formation of the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline Program. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development had awarded our grant team the opportunity to become educated formally through the International Institute of Restorative Practices. This education fired a passion to create the Social Action and Virtue Education Foundation to better serve the grant board’s mission.