Center for Awakening
Serving the One Heart of Humanity Since 1997
WHO WE ARE
Center for Awakening is a federally recognized 501 C 3 non-profit organization actively committed to serving impoverished villages, schools and orphanages in Central America.
WHAT WE DO
Serving Youth, Ending Poverty... One Child & One Community a a time.
We help homeless youth, impoverished schools, communities, orphanages, indigenous and medical centers in poverty stricken area's around the globe. We are committed to a planet and a humanity that is abundant, free, healthy, compassionate and at peace. We are deeply grateful to all our donors that help us to continue the great work we have been contributing since 1997. We are also grateful for our volunteers that allow our organization to continue to help and heal our human race and planet.
Our History, serving since 1997
Our director and founder Bonnie Grace Elizabeth Gordon, affectionately called "Grace" by the children, began serving in soup kitchens and donating to poverty causes with her babysitting and lawn mowing money since she was 10 years old. She began visiting nursing homes regularly and continued through college until she became a hospice volunteer. She volunteered serving handicapped children and adults in college and continues to this day.
In 1997 she and her two children John and Asia began traveling to Costa Rica, bringing food, clothing, school supplies and toys to impoverished villages and orphanages in the Costa Ballena & San Isidro areas in Costa Rica. Grace founded Center for Awakening as a volunteer run non-profit organization after learning about over paid non-profit salaries. Center for Awakening was founded as a volunteer run organization where 100 % of donations received went directly for community causes from 1997 to 2018. Grace as a single mother served tirelessly for humanity and the poor refusing to take any salary for over 20 years. We have annual projects helping orphanages, schools, indigenous and medical needs in Central America, bi-monthly dinners and projects for the homeless in USA, as well as serving orphanages and homeless youth globally. John, The Beloved began bringing homeless youth into their home since he was 12 years old. Their home was a mini homeless shelter until he went off to University. Center for Awakening also supports and donates to other outstanding non profit organizations throughout the year.
Grace has led the organization as a volunteer from 1997 to Present, she has been director, administrator, social media, public relations, event coordinator, volunteer coordinator, accountant, promoter, webmaster, and marketing.
Throughout the years Grace and her children have volunteered for many other organizations such as:
Bridgewater Handicap for Youth
Lincoln Crisis Hotline
Midvale Women's Shelter
Midvalley elementary schools
Road Home homeless shelters
Volunteers of America
Utah food banks