The Fall must be the best time of year in Carpinteria. The summer tourist crowds have gone, and the beaches are still warm. The fog and dew appear in the mornings with cooler temps followed by an increase in warmth and ocean breeze throughout the day. The sun shows off during the Fall, painting the morning and evening skies with rainbow sherbet. It can be so beautiful here that we forget the real suffering and trauma that plagues the lives of so many teenagers. A sense of aimlessness, confusion, and apathy often keep kids from imagining a positive future for themselves.
Our fall programs are underway, and we are so blessed by the students who are finding refuge and purpose in their creative learning with us at Carpinteria High School.
I just returned from a final trip, this time to the UK, for my doctor of ministry program. It was a joy to give a presentation to my colleagues about the Pathways program in development, and the research that went into creating a social entrepreneurship program that could greatly benefit our community.
I continue to preach and teach when possible, preaching fairly regularly at Summerland Presbyterian and elsewhere around town. In the second week of October, I get to lead the men’s retreat for Laguna Presbyterian Church in Lake Arrowhead.
This dual role of leading the foundation while serving the broader church feels like a meaningful space to be in. I hope and pray that congregations will continue to think of creative ways of bearing witness to the goodness of God in Christ in the local community. This is how we foster what Rowen Williams described as ‘sustainable communities.’ We hope to play a small part of that in Carpinteria this season.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Chris Pritchett CEO Pro Deo Foundation
New Programs...Who Dis? *
This fall has been hectic for us at Pro Deo. This past summer, the Carpinteria Unified School District approached us about taking over the after school program for Carpinteria High School. The federal grant that funded the previous iteration had expired and wasn't going to be renewed. We saw this as a clear sign of God's providence. We could create an after school program that could incorporate and test our Pathways program concept. We could build relationships with students on their turf, and we could help the school district meet a real need. Just after Labor Day, we launched CREW, our new after school program. CREW operates in 6-week blocks that we call MODS. Depending on the day, students have the opportunity to get academic tutoring, work out with a professional trainer, take a culinary class, and more. We also implemented a new paid MODS, where students can earn some money for participation in business and entrepreneur MODS. We have been teaching students how to make soap, lip balms, lotions, and a variety of laser engraved items. Students who participate in these MODS not only make a small stipend, but they will also earn the profits when the items sell in our store. Speaking of the store, we have big news on that front.
We just signed a lease on a small storefront in downtown Carpinteria. This will serve as our temporary space until our new, permanent space is finished, which could be a year or two out still. This space will serve multiple functions. First, it will be the store where we sell the products that our students make. The store is called Coastland, and we hope to have it open soon. Our new space will also function as a maker space where we hope to launch Pathways next fall. We will also be working out of the store as well. We gave up our lease at the Sandbox in August. While it's a bit sad not to have the Sandbox to work in, we are super excited to be in Carpinteria full time!
*If the title seems strange to you, it's a play on a popular meme.
CREW is the name of the after school program that we are running at Carpinteria High School. CREW offers programming options for students. You can learn more about CREW from its website: crewchs.com
Coastland is the name of the store that we are opening in downtown Carpinteria. This will be where we will sell products that students make and will eventually be the place where students also make the products. You can follow us on Instagram @coastlandcarp or visit us our website: coastlandcarp.com
A picture is worth a few words
We wanted to share with you a few images. Two of these are of students makimng products during CREW and the other one is of Coastland, which is currently under construction.