MOMS, Meet Sonia Avila, Chief Executive Officer for Changing Lives Community! In her own words:
I am writing to introduce you to a very special organization that has the potential to completely transform the meaning of the word ‘community’ as we know it today. Its name is Changing Lives Community. Our goal is to provide support, treatment, education and life skills to vulnerable individuals, families, and veterans who are experiencing social displacement as a result of situations that have led to homelessness, substance abuse, PTSD or other soul-crushing conditions. We plan to create the framework for a better future by offering resources to help them attain and maintain a life of sustainable self-sufficiency.
Our current objective is to build a self-sustainable, eco-focused community that will offer a resident capacity for 2.000 people along with a communal dining hall and professional kitchen, a veteran’s center, a hospital, a school campus, a recreational center, an environmental center, and various social and working hubs that range from manufacturing to agricultural and farming complexes.
Powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy, we are confident that our community will set a new benchmark for self-sufficient living in a society that has become too reliant on overburdened educational, medical, social and welfare systems. Similar models have been successfully adopted in Italy, where the self-sustaining San Patrignano community has provided excellent support to over 25,000 people for over 35 years without government funding.
We have received an overwhelming response of public interest and plan to start formal press releases in April 2016. Changing Lives has already received approval for a $100 million construction loan, but we must now provide a detailed development plan, a solid corporate structure and a financial risk policy for the loan (insurance). Our community will be built on the West Coast of the United States, and we are very excited to have made so much progress in only two years.
We will place a special emphasis on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are almost 40 million veterans now living in the United States. These brave and selfless men and women have been willing to risk their lives for us! Unfortunately, after their service, many veterans find it difficult to assimilate back into society. Many suffer with mental health issues such as PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. They often have trouble maintaining relationships and finding employment. Some are challenged by substance abuse along with their visible (and invisible) disabilities, and far too many are homeless. After the intensity of military life, there is often a profound sense of ‘disconnect’ leading to despair and possible suicide.
I am currently looking for collaborators to help Changing Lives develop our programs, forge community coalitions, secure funding and promote our message on a national scale. This type of help will be critical to our success, and I hope that you will consider working with us in some capacity even if it is simply including our contact information in your databases for further reference. We do not intend to use any government support for this project, and hope that the services we provide will lead to eventual tax relief for USA citizens. Please visit https://changinglivescommunityusa.com & https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/961576158/changing-lives-community