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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 22:24

EMBRACE UTILIZES SPORTS TO LAUNCH POLICE/COMMUNITY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MODEL


 
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EMBRACE LAUNCHES GAME CHANGER: COMMUNITY/LAW ENFORCEMENT VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM THROUGH SPORTS
San Diego Police Chief & San Diego Police Officers Association Assist with Creation of Behavioral Psychology-Based model
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 20, 2016) – On Monday, December 12, 2016, nonprofit organization Embrace launched their much anticipated Game Changer program that utilizes sports to create safe space for dialogue and understanding between police officers and lay members of the community.   Almost 2 years in the making, Game Changer is a response to the many instances of often-preventable violence between law enforcement and members of communities of color around the nation.  The model is rooted in behavioral psychology aimed to educate while increasing understanding, familiarity, comfort and a greater sense of human connection through time spent communicating during the focus group and socializing at a sporting event to bring about changes in perception, leading to changes in behavior, leading to a greater number of peaceful outcomes. 
 
 
 
 
Plain clothed officers & community members during focus group & SDSU Men’s Basketball game
Top photo by: Tony Zaragoza
 
A diverse group of 7 lay members of the community and 7 San Diego Police officers met at KPBS television station 3 hours before the San Diego State University Men’s Basketball team took on Alabama State University at Viejas Arena to participate in a moderated focus group to discuss causes and solutions to violent and/or fatal interactions involving law enforcement.  All participants attended the basketball game following time spent together during the focus group that was civil, animated, and, at times, tense. All participants filled out pre and post surveys that measured changes in perceptions before and after the event. Cal State Fullerton will process survey data and provide a comprehensive report. 
 
 
 
 
San Diego Police Chief explains the birth & purpose of Game Changer
 
 
 
 
Gina Tang, artist and mother of 3 had this to offer after the event: “The impact of sitting in a circle, as an equal, beside law enforcement officers having open dialogue around shared concern for an issue, is such that today, when I saw a police car in the street beside me, my conditioned low-level anxiety response had disappeared.  Game Changer is definitely on to something here.”

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San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Police Officers Association President Brian Marvel were on hand to deliver opening remarks.  San Diego Christian College Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Stanton (PhD in Clinical Psychology, 15 years of Group Process experience) and San Diego Fire Department Captain Jason Shanley (31 years of Group Process experience) co-moderated the 2.5-hour focus group.  San Diego State University Office of Diversity and Kappa Sigma fraternity were fiscal sponsors. Uber sponsored round trip transportation for all participants while Chipotle and Starbucks were food and beverage sponsors.  
 
 
 
 
Lay members of the community and plain clothed police officers at the first Game Changer event
Photo by: Tony Zaragoza
 
 
 
 
The most surreal portion of the model may well have been after the focus group concluded when participants spent time with one another at the Aztecs men’s basketball game.  Participants who may have previously been at odds with one another, spent the better part of two hours socializing during the game, taking selfies and making plans to continue communicating beyond the event. 
 
 
 
 
San Diego Police Sgt. Richard Cox flanked by SDSU Professor Crystal English and entrepreneur Ken Kuczwaj
Photo by: Tony Zaragoza
 
 
 
 
“This is a start of real and honest conversations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  I would love to continue to be a part of this group.  It was a great experience and I know the next event will be even greater,” offered San Diego Police Officer Akaan Thomas.
 
Future Game Changer events will occur in 2017.
 
For more information on Game Changer and future events please visit www.ImaGameChanger.org

About Embrace
 

 
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
 
For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org
 
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:17

Stretch 4 Vets III Raises $25k / Embrace Remodels 11th Home

 
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EMBRACE RAISES $25,000 AT SAN DIEGO'S SECOND ANNUAL STRETCH 4 VETS YOGA EVENT
Over 500 yogis including college students, active military and veterans came together on the U.S.S. Midway to raise funds for disabled veteran home remodel program 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 7, 2016) – On Sunday, November 20, nonprofit organization Embrace, hosted its 2nd Annual Stretch 4 Vets event on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway through a partnership with CorePower Yoga.  Over 500 yogis from all over San Diego county, including active military, veterans and college students practiced yoga on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway to raise funds and awareness for the Embrace program called Healing Our Heroes’ Homes which remodels the homes of disabled veterans at no cost to the veterans.  
 
“This event is simply a joy to be a part of," said Embrace and Stretch 4 Vets founder Sean Sheppard.  “Working side by side with the CorePower Yoga leadership team and community to host Stretch 4 Vets is one of the highlights of our calendar year.  To do it to continue to serve disabled veterans makes it truly special.” 
 
 
 
 
(Click the image above to view the Stretch 4 Vets video)
 
 
 
 
2016 Stretch 4 Vets is co-hosted by CorePower Yoga, with the practice led by local CorePower Yoga instructors Amy Opielowski, Beth O’Reilly, Katie B and Sonny Bagsic, a U.S. Navy veteran.  The U.S.S. Midway donated the flight deck venue as well as staffing and equipment.  Key fiscal sponsors were Silver Sponsor Griffin Funding and Pete Knows Real Estate.  
 
 
 
 
 
(Birds eye view of Stretch 4 Vets III)
 
 
 
 
500+ participants, including 15 different fundraising teams, helped raise $25,000, a 70% increase from last year’s event. In addition to yoga, the practice was accompanied by local musician DTO, who provided live music for the event. The event also included the presenting of Colors by the San Diego Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th Horse Cavalry and a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by singer Hollen Lockwood. 
 
“It was truly inspiring to see over 500 students gathered together on the U.S.S. Midway for a CorePower Yoga class to support Embrace's mission. The yoga class focused on gratitude, honoring veterans and all those currently serving, and it created a magnetic wave of appreciation that rocked all of our hearts.”  added Amy Opielowski, Senior Manager of Quality at CorePower Yoga.
 
 
 
 
(Stretch 4 Vets participants enjoying boat pose)
 
 
 
 
The top individual fundraiser received a 1 year CorePower Yoga membership and the #2 individual fundraiser received a 40-inch flat screen television.  The top fundraising team was awarded the Stretch 4 Vets cup and a complimentary stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.  Local restaurant Snooze donated 500 breakfast burritos, Starbucks donated coffee, Perfect Bar  provided energy bars for all participants and Essentia Water donated bottled water.  U.S. Navy Region Southwest provided parking for the event. 
 
Funds raised will go to support Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes, a home remodeling program that remodels the homes of disabled veteran homeowners throughout San Diego County. To donate to Embrace please visit our website.

 
 
 
 
 
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100% Disabled Navy Veteran Becomes 11th H3 Beneficiary
Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Home Depot Foundation lead sponsorship team & 100 volunteers for the home remodel of Escondido disabled Navy Veteran
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 7, 2016) – On Tuesday, November, 1, 2016  Embrace began its eleventh home remodel for local disabled Navy veteran, Lieutenant (Navy), Niani Wiggins as part of the Healing Our Heroes’ Homes (H3) program. 10 days and over $70,000 in labor and materials later, Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes program was able to complete its 11th home remodel on Veterans Day.    The remodel served to provide Lieutenant Wiggins and her husband with a new backyard due to a collapsed retaining wall.
 
The latest mission was made possible by a presenting sponsorship from the Kappa Sigma Fraternity Military Heroes Campaign and additional grants/sponsorships from The Home Depot Foundation, SDG&E, Jack In The Box Foundation, Veterans Support Foundation and the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program grant.  “This collective effort was unique in that we were able to complete various skilled trade work with new contractors and contractors from past remodels without the assistance from a general contractor.  Our partnership with the Home Depot Foundation was key as well,” said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard. “Everyone who donated their time and financial resources made serving our second female veteran beneficiary a memorable mission.”
 
 
 
 
(Click the image above to view Ninani Wiggin's Healing Our Heroes' Homes remodel video)
 
 
 
 
Work completed included: demolition and removal of the collapsed retaining wall, concrete slab demo and replacement, landscaping, excavation, installation of new retaining wall, installation of artificial turf lawn, installation of new vinyl fencing around the property.
 
Disabled Navy Veteran Niani Wiggins was selected among several other disabled veterans in need to have her home remodeled by meeting the criteria  of having an 80% or higher VA disability rating, being a home owner and being honorably discharged.  Niani Wiggins enlisted in the United States Navy in March, 1991. Her extensive military career includes deployments to support Expeditionary Strike Group Five Middle East/Pacific Deployment, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Unified Assistance, and Operation Northern Edge.  Health issues from serving in the military include losing sight in her left eye, multiple surgeries and a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. 
 
 
 
 
(Healing Our Heroes' Homes volunteers with veteran, Niani Wiggins, at the completion of the remodel)
 
 
 
 
Well over 400 aggregate hours of donated labor by multiple volunteer contractors and sponsors came together to complete this mission. Additional sponsorship dollars came from the Rob Benzon Foundation.  In Kind sponsorship was provided by long time sponsor, the Home Depot Foundation

All Embrace programs aim to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service learning experiences for college students, connect young adults to veteran community members in need, raise awareness of low income, disabled veterans and increase the value and efficient use of their homes. 
 
 
 
 
About Embrace
 

 
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
 
For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org
 
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 20:28

Embrace Founder Receives California State Heroes Award

 

 

 

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On Saturday, November 5, 2016, California State Senator Joel Anderson of California’s 38th District named nonprofit organization Embrace (http://www.Embrace1.org) Founder, Sean Sheppard, a California State Hero.  Sean was 1 of approximately 15 other “heroes” to be recognized and receive a California State Senate Proclamation.

  

38th District constituent Daisy Tate proposed the idea to honor California Heroes, which eventually became Senate Concurrent Resolution 97. The legislation’s measure is the first in the nation to annually recognize a specific month as California Heroes Month.  The resolution is a way to honor local everyday heroes in the California community.  Senator Anderson’s website defines these heroes as those who actively take selfless actions to help their neighbor in need, and inspire others to become involved as well.

 

 

 

Sean Sheppard receiving a California Heroes Month award from Senator Joel Anderson

 

Sean was recognized for the 13 years Embrace has mobilized college students to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities by serving homeless veterans and civilians and remodeling the homes of disabled veteran home owners.  Sean was nominated by Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State.

 

 

 

 Sean Sheppard with Senator Joel Anderson and San Diego State University Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Aaron Bruce

 

“Superman’s most critical characteristic was not his superhuman strength, it was his willingness to help people in need,” said Sheppard. “With that, I am extremely humbled to be considered worthy to be among such inspirational people who have also devoted their lives to effectively help people in need. I wouldn’t be recognized, and I wouldn’t be leading an organization, without tens of thousands of volunteers deciding over the years that Embrace was the organization through which they serve the community. ”

 

Thanks to Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Home Depot Foundation, SDG&E and the Jack In The Box Foundation, at the time of this release, Sean is currently leading an effort with the Home Depot Foundation to remodel the home of a disabled Navy Veteran in Escondido, CA, Embrace’s 11th such remodel. 

 

This Sunday, November 20, 2016 Sean will be leading Embrace's second annual Stretch 4 Vets event that raises funds for their home remodel program, Healing Our Heroes' Homes.  To donate please click here.

  

About Embrace 

 

Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education. 

 

For more on Embrace please visit www.Embrace1.org

For more on Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard,

please visit http://www.TheGoodSheppard.TV

 

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Friday, 21 October 2016 19:51

Stretch 4 Vets III to Support 11th Disabled Veteran Home Remodel

         

 

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EMBRACE AND COREPOWER YOGA TO HOST STRETCH 4 VETS III ON 
THE USS MIDWAY
One Thousand yogis including college students, active military and veterans expected on the San Diego based aircraft carrier to raise money for disabled veteran home remodel program 
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 17, 2016) – On Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 8:15am, nonprofit organization Embrace, and Corepower Yoga will host Stretch 4 Vets III to raise money for Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes program which remodels the homes of disabled veteran home owners.  The fundraising event that utilizes yoga debuted on the USS Midway in November of 2015, before Stretch 4 Vets II took place at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington DC in July of this year.  Stretch 4 Vets I attracted 500 yogis and raised over $15,000. 
 
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Corepower Yoga for the 3rd time in one year to deliver what is quickly evolving into a premiere event in America’s Finest City on the U.S.S. Midway, one of America’s finest venues, said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard.   Yoga is a beautifully effective way to raise money so we can continue to heal the homes of our disabled veterans.”  
 
 Stretch 4 Vets I made its debut in San Diego in 2015
 
The event well be led by San Diego CorePower Yoga area leader Amy Opielowski, Area Manager Beth O’Reilly and local Corepower Yoga instructors Katie B and Sonny Bagsic, a U.S. Navy veteran himself.  In addition to yoga, the practice will once again be accompanied by local musician DTO, who will provide live music for the event. Proceeds will support the November, 2016 home remodel of Escondido resident Lt. Niani Wiggins, a disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy, as well as future remodels. 
 
To donate to Embrace click here.
 
Fiscal sponsors for Stretch 4 Vets III are Mortgage Banker Griffin Funding and San Diego Realtor Pete Knows Real Estate.  Local businesses Snooze A.M. Eatery, Perfect Bar and Essentia Water will be in-kind product sponsors as will Starbucks Coffee. 
 
Stretch 4 Vets II occurred at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC, July 2016
 
For more on the upcoming home remodel of Navy veteran Lt. Niani Wiggins, please scroll to the press release below.

 
 
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 EMBRACE TO BEGIN 11TH HEALING OUR HEROES’ HOME REMODEL

Kappa Sigma Fraternity and The Veterans Support Foundation lead sponsorship team & volunteers for the home remodel of local disabled Navy veteran

 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October  17, 2016) – On Monday, November 7, 2016,  Embrace will begin its 11th home remodel for local 100% disabled veteran, Lieutenant (Navy), Niani Wiggins, as part of the Healing Our Heroes’ Home program. 
 
Niani Wiggins enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March, 1991 and served as an electronics technician.  Her deployments include Expeditionary Strike Group Five Middle East/Pacific, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Unified Assistance and Operation Northern Edge.  During her decorated service LT Wiggins went through extensive health hurdles including: losing her eyesight in her left eye, optic neuritis and stage 3 breast cancer.  She currently suffers from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression. She retired and was honorably discharged from the Navy in June, 2014.
  
“Lt. Wiggins’ service to our country has been exemplary.  We are very happy to be able to assist her and her husband by making modifications to their property that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to complete at this point in time,” said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard.
 
 
 
U.S. Navy Veteran Lt. Niani Wiggins
 
Volunteer contractors, members of the community, college student volunteers, Kappa Sigma Fraternity members, Team Depot members and Jack In The Box Brand Ambassadors will converge upon the Wiggins home to replace the retaining wall around the property that was destroyed by rain early in the year. Greenfield Fencing will replace old fencing with new vinyl fencing.  Home Depot will replace back yard grass with turf to complete the remodel.  
 
Presenting sponsor for this project is Kappa Sigma Fraternity.   Community Partner sponsors are CorePower Yoga/Stretch 4 Vets, SDG&E, The Veterans Support Foundation, the Jack In The Box Foundation and the County of San Diego. In Kind sponsors are the Home Depot Foundation, Greenfield Fencing and Canales Demo.

All Embrace programs aim to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service learning experience for college students, connect young adults to veteran community members in need, raise awareness of low income, disabled veterans and increase the value and efficient use of their homes.
 
About Embrace
 

 
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
 
For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org
 
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Monday, 29 August 2016 22:47

Kappa Sigma Fraternity's A Greater Cause Foundation Grants Embrace $35,000 Through Military Heroes Campaign

Kappa Sigma Fraternity's A Greater Cause Foundation  Grants Embrace $35,000 Through Military Heroes Campaign
Gesture is latest chapter in Embrace's growing relationship with the nation's largest fraternity

 

 

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity's A Greater Cause Foundation has recently provided Embrace with a $35,000 grant through their Military Heroes Campaign to support the Healing Our Heroes' Homes program. The program utilizes volunteer contractors and college student volunteers to remodel the homes of disabled veteran homeowners. 

Created in 2007, the Military Heroes Campaign honors and aids thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception, the campaign has donated over $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat.

 

(SDSU Kappa Sigma's volunteering at a Healing Our Heroes' Homes remodel)


Embrace has remodeled 10 homes owned by disabled veterans since 2011, providing over $650,000 worth of labor and materials and over 5,800 volunteer hours.  Many of those volunteer hours were logged by Kappa Sigma Fraternity Epsilon-Iota Chapter at San Diego State University, which made for a unique relationship which opened the door for the Military Heroes Campaign Grant. 

"Kappa Sigma Fraternity is honored to support Healing our Heroes' Homes through our Military Heroes Campaign, which embodies the principals that Kappa Sigma looks for in a veteran support organization," said Michael Hall, Commissioner of Kappa Sigma's A Greater Cause Foundation which houses their Military Heroes Campaign.  "Service is one of the four pillars of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity which allows us to give back and show the world that Kappa Sigma is about being a part of something that is bigger than oneself.   We look forward to continuing to work with Embrace as Kappa Sigma and our Military Heroes Campaign will continue to grow in success."

 

                                                                                               (Left: SDSU Kappa Sigma preparing for Embrace The Streets serving the homeless)

(Right: Ex 4 Vets 2012 Top Fundraiser check presentation to SDSU Kappa Sigma)

 

"Whether Embrace is serving the homeless, remodeling homes or collecting water for fire victims in the Philippines, the brothers from Kappa Sigma Fraternity have been leading the charge among college student volunteers from San Diego State University," added Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard, in describing the unique relationship with Kappa Sigma.  "Not only are they the best represented student organization to serve the community through Embrace, they have done a fantastic job of recruiting other student organizations to serve the community through us."

Funds from the Military Heroes Campaign will be used to support all costs associated with remodeling the homes of disabled veterans including building materials and paid student interns, several of which have always been student veterans, compounding the impact that the grant funds will have on the veteran community.  

"We are very proud to work with such an amazing organization, that does so much for the local homeless and disabled veterans. Embrace puts on awesome events, and it's been a privilege to be part of their growth," said San Diego State University Kappa Sigma President, Mark LoVecchio.

(SDSU Kappa Sigma at Ex 4 Vets 2013)

 

Sheppard went on to share this: "We never imagined a bunch of guys regularly volunteering to serve the community through our organization would result in receiving a major grant.  "These young men continue to give back to the community through Embrace in every way imaginable. To us, they've been the bench mark student organization at San Diego State University.  There is no close second." 
 
About Embrace

Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization mobilizes college students and recent graduates to serve less fortunate members of veteran and civilian communities. 

For more information on Embrace please visit www.Embrace1.org
For more on the Military Heroes Campaign please visit http://kappasigma.org/military-heroes/
For more information on Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard please visit www.TheGoodSheppard.tv
 

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:04

Embrace to Launch Program that Addresses Law Enforcement/Community Issues Through Sports

 
The Game Changer model is a new Embrace program that addresses the strained relationship between law enforcement and communities of color through moderated dialogue, and socialization through sporting events and other modes of entertainment.  

Created by Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard - with significant input from community members, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and the San Diego Police Officers Association - Game Changer creates space and exposure through moderated focus groups of no more than 20 people at a time for 2-way dialogue to occur in order for community, law enforcement and members of the judicial system to gain a better understanding of each other as members of the same community...members of the same team.

These 2-hour focus groups will be followed by focus group participants taking in a sporting/entertainment event together to experience social time together, an element of human interaction that is missing due to the homogeneous nature of communities around the country.

The goal is to change perceptions and ultimately change behavior across the board. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman feels that Game Changer has the potential to serve as a national model.
 
Game Changer on NBC's Politically Speaking: Game Changer on Politically Speaking
 
Current San Diego Police Officers Association President, Brian Marvel, had this to offer about Game Changer: "This model personalizes officers to the community and the community is personalized to the officers, and I think by having that type of dialogue and conversation will only enhance the community oriented policing that's currently being done." 
 
The model has the support of the San Diego Chief of Police, the San Diego Police Officers Association, the Mayor of San Diego, local elected officials, California State Senators and 2 U.S. Congressmen.
 
Embrace has a Crowdrise fundraising goal to raise $500,000 in order for the model to be piloted and refined in Southern California with the goal for national implementation. 
 
We welcome your contribution to reach that goal!!
 
Click Here to Donate Now
 
 
To view various letters of support and commitment for the 
Game Changer Model click here.
 
 
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 21:15

EMBRACE BRINGING STRETCH 4 VETS SERIES TO WASHINGTON DC

 

Stretch 4 Vets Event Series Coming to Washington DC

Fundraising Series Will Take Place at The Navy Memorial to Benefit

Disabled Veteran Home Remodel Program and Local Area Veterans

 

WHEN:           Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:30am – 10:00am

 

WHO:          EMBRACE is a San Diego-based, 501 C 3 nonprofit organization that utilizes multi-cultural college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of veteran and civilian communities.  The organization is built on the philosophy that serving less fortunate members of society brings people together, irrespective of race, religion or sexual orientation. 

                    CorePower Yoga (presenting sponsor) strives to show the world the incredible, life-changing things that happen when an intensely physical workout is rooted in the mindfulness of yoga. Through a variety of yoga classes, convenient times and more than 150 studio locations, CorePower Yoga provides a highly intense and incredibly mindful form of fitness.

 

WHAT:          CorePower Yoga will lead between 500-1500 participants in a 1-Hour yoga class for charity. Participant efforts will support Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes' Homes program, which remodels the homes of disabled veterans.  A portion of the event proceeds will support the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association and The Navy Memorial.  

 

WHERE:        The Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania NW, Washington DC 20004

WEBSITE:     www.Stretch4Vets.org      

 

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Celina Ner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more info on EMBRACE please visit: www.Embrace1.org

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:59

EMBRACE PARTNERS WITH COREPOWER YOGA TO DELIVER STRETCH 4 VETS AROUND THE COUNTRY

 
EMBRACE PARTNERS WITH COREPOWER YOGA TO DELIVER STRETCH 4 VETS AROUND THE COUNTRY
Success from 2015 San Diego event leads to an agreement
 
 
 
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 29, 2016) – On Saturday, November 21, nonprofit organization Embrace, hosted its 1st ever Stretch 4 Vets event on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway through a partnership with CorePower Yoga.  Approximately 500 yogis from all over San Diego county, including active military, veterans and college students practiced yoga on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway and raised $17,000 to support Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes program that remodels the homes of disabled veteran homeowners.
 
The 1st time event turnout, positive feedback from participants and the amount of funds raised led to discussions between CorePower Yoga and Embrace regarding how and when the two entities could work together again.
 
(Click on image above to view the Stretch 4 Vets 2015 video)
 
“This partnership gives us the ability to bring thousands of people together to positively impact communities in multiple cities around the country,” said Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard.  “We are thrilled to be utilizing yoga with CorePower Yoga as a vehicle to do so.”
 

(photo courtesy of Pat Flanigan Photography)
 
 
For more information on Stretch 4 Vets and sponsorship opportunities please visit our website.
 
 
Alex Montoya (photo courtesy of Pat Flanigan Photography)
 
 
About Embrace
 
Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization mobilizes college students and recent graduates to serve less fortunate members of veteran and civilian communities.  

For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org
 
About CorePower Yoga
CorePower Yoga strives to show the world the incredible, life-changing things that happen when an intensely physical workout is rooted in the mindfulness of yoga. Through a variety of yoga classes, convenient times and more than 150 studio locations, CorePower Yoga provides a highly intense and incredibly mindful form of fitness.

CorePower Yoga classes are taught by passionate and encouraging certified yoga instructors who take a typical yoga practice and crank it up to 11. In addition to yoga classes, CorePower Yoga offers transformative Yoga Teacher Training programs to empower students to advance their individual practice or become instructors. The beautiful, spa-like studios are built with green practices in mind and operate to meet the highest standards of service and quality. For more information, visit corepoweryoga.com.
 
 
 
 
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