In April of 2016, I was assaulted by a homeless person I was serving through volunteer work. The incident affected me in many ways, I was afraid, jumpy, angry, sad, and hurt.This event shook me to the core. I had absolutely no confidence in the fact that I could protect myself or my wife.
A good friend of mine, who is a social worker, suggested two things to help me heal, one of them being to check out Thousand Waves. She told me that Thousand Waves was holding a self-defense class on the weekend of Pride and suggested I attend, which I did. Attending that class set me on the path to healing. I enjoyed so much of what I learned on that day that I took advantage of the offer to sign up for a trial class. Through that class I decided to actually join Thousand Waves. Over the last eight months I have learned skills that will aid me in violence prevention and protection. Without that self defense class, learning karate, and psychological counseling I would have not begun the journey of healing, regaining confidence, and releasing some fear. I am one of hundreds of people that Thousands Waves has served and helped.
Thousand Waves is a mission-driven not-for-profit in the city of Chicago that has been active in the community for over 32 years with a mission to foster fitness, healing, empowerment, and peacemaking.
Spirit Challenge Fundraiser supports Thousand Waves' work in three critical areas:
Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion." Just one donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Thousand Waves. Thank you for your support!