Center for Awakening is a 100 % volunteer run, federally recognized 501 C 3 non-profit organization serving youth and poverty, actively committed to serving the youth and impoverished villages, schools and orphanages globally.
WHAT WE DO
Serving Youth, Ending Poverty... One Child & One Community a a time
Grace On Fire
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 since she was 10 years old. At 16 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 Grace founded Center for Awakening as a volunteer run non-profit organization after learning an organization she was sponsoring several children through had over paid non-profit salaries. Grace and her children and some friends 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. Center for Awakening was founded as a volunteer run organization, everyone is a volunteer, minus operating expenses donations received go directly to our causes, we have been volunteer run since 1997. Grace as a single mother, working as a massage therapist, yoga instructor and life coach served as a volunteer tirelessly for humanity. She teaches yoga at homeless shelters, volunteers at schools and the local YWCA, serves at food banks, a holiday volunteer for Salvation Army, goes with Buffalo Blessings to Native American reservations and feeds the homeless encampments downtown Salt Lake City and has never received any salary, and she is still going strong. We have annual projects helping orphanages, schools, indigenous and medical needs globally. Locally Center for Awakening serves bi-monthly homeless youth dinners and projects serving orphanages and homeless youth. John, The Beloved began bringing homeless youth into their home since he was 12 years old. Their home was a mini homeless shelter for the youth until he went off to study at the 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 Director 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:
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