- 7/28/2012: This week on BFJ Radio ~ In the aftermath of Aurora, CO – How do we care for those who grieve? with Marianna Cacciatore Listen Now
- 7/21/2012: Join Marianna as she interviews 2 passionate people who are nurturing and healing their communities through the power of healthy, local food. Listen Now
- 7/14/2012: Bread for the Journey Radio Listen Now
- 7/7/2012: Bonds that Heal: Horse and Human–An interview with Gus Jolley & Kelly Wendorf Listen Now
Ethan Alexander has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and over 10 years of experience in child and family therapy. He is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist at Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) and specializes in classroom management training. He has worked extensively in training and coaching in non-structured school areas such as playgrounds and cafeterias. And, of course, he is Executive Director of Open Roads. Ethan lives with (and is eternally grateful for) his wife, Maura, and their two boys, Otis and Murphy in the magical town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. View Guest page
Zara Babitzke brings 18 years experience in social service in Marin County—eight of those years in private practice assisting families with young adults with special needs to transition from their parent’s home to independent living. She founded Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) to meet a critical gap in services for young adults ages 16 to 25 who exit the system without a caring adult, resources and guidance. She was a key participant on the Marin County Strategic Sub-Committee for Transitional Age Youth (TAY), College of Marin’s TAY committee, Marin County TAY committee and County’s Coordinating Committee for youth in transition. A member of Marin County’s Visionary Team on the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, she has been active in advocating for teens and young adults without families and resources for which there are no funding streams to offer a hand up so youth can become contributing adults and future leaders. Zara received the 2007 Jefferson Award for Humanitarian Service, a national award for her work with homeless young adults. In 2011, she was awarded the honor of Hero of Marin from the Pacific Sun and Circle Bank for her leadership and vision of community building around Marin’s forgotten youth View Guest page
Julian Bauer loves science and had a dream to create an Environmental Science AP program at his high school. He didn’t let the fact that he was a student, not a teacher, stop him. Thanks to the staff at El Molino High School who supported him, and the folks at Bread for the Journey of Sonoma County who believed in him enough to give him a $1,000 grant, his dream has become a reality. El Molino’s campus lies within the headwater area of Green Valley Creek, which drains to the Russian River in Sonoma County. The River provides habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead, drinking water and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Together the students developed a stewardship map for the school campus, including maps with drainage, vegetation, soils, habitat, and inventory of plant and wildlife species; monitored the water quality on campus to identify pollutants, their sources, and where they end up; and developed solutions for water quality improvement. View Guest page
Deborah Boldt – Executive Director As Executive Director of REEL FATHERS, Deborah directs community programs, fundraising/finance, marketing, promotion and communications. She collaborates on program design. Deborah is an award-winning filmmaker with an expertise in film as an educational catalyst. Her feature documentary Miles to Go won an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit, was released theatrically and served as the basis for the corporate leadership seminar Leading Through the Unknown, developed with two colleagues. Fresco was broadcast as a national PBS special with an extensive educational resource/activity guide. Deborah directed a three-year community outreach program inspired by Fresco, resulting in the creation of five public artworks in the Twin Cities. Deborah is an Aspen Institute Scholar and Lecturer and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship. She is a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television and a graduate of the Leadership Santa Fe program. View Guest page
Marianna Cacciatore is an author and public speaker. Her recent book Being There for Someone in Grief tells the story of the murder of her best friend, her grief, and the overcoming of it by creating a grief support center in Tucson, Arizona. Today she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of that flourishing organization, now called Tu Nidito. Marianna is also Executive Director of Bread for the Journey International, and host of Bread for the Journey Radio ~ Ordinary People, Extraordinary Deeds. Bread for the Journey is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to find people who are passionate and excited about improving their community, and help them make that happen. These two careers, one in the field of grief and the other marked by kindness and generosity, found common ground inside Marianna's heart and can perhaps best be described in the words of the poet Naomi Shihab Nye: "Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing... Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore... " View Guest page
In Austin, dialogue facilitator Cathey Capers is bringing diverse members of her community to the table to cultivate a “Culture of Conversation.” In meaningful conversation at small, intimate dinners, she believes we uncover the wisdom and resources needed to heal our communities from within. Cathey is the founder of Austin’s chapter of Bread for the Journey—a grass roots philanthropic organization that makes room at the table for everyone to make a difference. View Guest page
From 1995 to 2008, the number of women in state and federal prisons nationwide increased by 203%. In Austin TX, Katherine Craft knew she could not do much to reduce the trend, but she knew she could help those inside explore new possibilities for their future. Thus, Conspire Theatre was created to bring theatre and writing into women’s correctional facilities. Creative expression can be transformative, helping incarcerated women to empower themselves in the disempowering venue of prison; re-write their story and develop leadership skills. Bread for the Journey of Austin gave Conspire Theatre $1,000 to further their work and today, Marianna will be talking to Conspire Theatre’s founder, Katherine Craft. Katherine has over 15 years experience as an actor, writer, director and theatre maker. After completing her BA in Theatre from Austin College, she received her Master’s Degree in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Join us for this encouraging interview. View Guest page
Meg Erskine grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and hasn’t left since. She received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Following graduation she worked as an endangered species biologist in Central Texas and for 5 years as the Texas State Bat Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She is co-founder, with Johnson Doe, Paul Tiah and Sarah Stranahan, of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition in Austin, TX. Meg received her Certificate in Non-profit Management and Leadership in 2009 and, as MRC’s Executive Director, has led the organization in its formation to where it is today. View Guest page
Jill founded Assistance Dogs of the West in 1995 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ADW provides well-trained dogs to assist people in activities of daily living. Some of the people they serve are living with multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or degenerative nerve diseases, as well as victims of accident, stroke, and war injuries. The Dogs are trained by students at Desert Academy School in Santa Fe. Jill’s program is unique in that it focuses on the benefits for these teenagers, as well as for the recipient of an assistance dog. View Guest page
Sarah Grace exemplifies the phrase, “A life well-lived.” She is not a person of great wealth, nor has she traveled the world. Her “life well-lived” has happened by being true to herself throughout her life, by nurturing a generous spirit, and by being of service to those in need. She has worked with the disability community for over 30 years and was very active during the AIDS epidemic. A Licensed Art Therapist and certified EMDR practitioner, Sarah has offered guidance and support to people healing from traumatic life experiences. Sarah is a wise elder, a true friend to those she loves, and a playful mother to a great international clan that has grown from her 6 children. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her wonderful Papillon Service Dog, Chico. Tune in and be inspired by Sarah’s perspectives on life, generosity, and a life well-lived. View Guest page
While Erin Gruwell has been credited with giving her students a second chance‖, it was perhaps she who changed the most during her tenure at Wilson High School. She decided to channel her classroom experiences toward a broader cause, and today her impact as a teacher extends well beyond Room 203. Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Recently, Erin’s teaching methods from her time in Room 203 have been published in the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide. Proceeds from the sale of all books directly fund the Freedom Writers Foundation. Erin and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, and Good Morning America, to name a few. Their story has earned them dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Erin is a graduate of the University of California Irvine, where she received the Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Master’s Degree and teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna by the School of Education. View Guest page
Merna Ann Hecht
Merna Ann Hecht, poet, nationally recognized storyteller, and arts educator has worked in many specialized settings including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center School in Seattle, facilities for homeless and adjudicated youth, and at BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children. She presents courses to educators on teaching humanities and social justice through integrated arts, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling 1999 Community Service Award and the 2008 National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Myrna directs the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Poetry Project at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA with immigrant and refugee students. Merna’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. View Guest page
Margaret is a community and peace activist. The Ceres Community Project brings together her passion for creating a more humane and just world through compassion, people power and action. She has worked on peace, human rights, demilitarization, community organizing, and local food issues for many years. She loves bringing people together in creative projects like Ceres, and especially likes seeing a spark in kids when they are contributing to their world. View Guest page
Tiffony Jacobs' home was chaotic growing up with her parents physically abusing each other and their children. Between the ages of 9 and 13, she bounced back and forth between California and Louisiana, moving from apartments to hotels, motels, and homeless shelters. In her sophomore year, Tiffony found herself in Ms. Gruwell’s English class and part of the Freedom Writers . It was a relief to be there and also have friends and peers to talk to. This is where she found the strength and determination to have a successful future. Tiffony graduated from Wilson High School in 1998 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. She works closely with the Freedom Writers Foundation as Outreach Coordinator and speaks to audiences about the resilience of humanity. “My story is nothing,” she says reflecting on the stories she’s heard from Holocaust survivors. “[We] can get through anything. I’m proud that I can pick myself up and dust off my shoulders, regardless of my circumstances.” View Guest page
Robert Litman is a movement professional and creator of The Breathable Body. He is an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher incorporating an experiential approach to learning anatomy and biology using Continuum Movement breaths, sounds and movement to uncover the deeper realms of somatic intelligence. Robert has been working in the field of health since 1988 teaching internationally and maintaining a private practice in movement & breath education in Tucson, Arizona. He is the founder, director and Certified Practitioner of Asthma Free Arizona, teaching The Buteyko Institute Method of Breathing Retraining helping people with breathing disorders such as asthma, anxiety, allergies, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to control their symptoms and reduce their medications. Robert has an advanced certification in the Duggan-French Approach to Somatic Pattern Recognition, which has provided him with hands on skills to help guide clients’ movement and breath education awareness processes. View Guest page
Brenda Loew, M.Ac., EAMP / L.Ac. has a private family practice in Seattle specializing in Japanese-style palpation-based acupuncture. Brenda was on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) from 1994-2002, and since then serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr Center for Natural Health; Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle; and Pacific Rim College in Victoria, B.C. Brenda is a Continuing Education faculty member at Bastyr University, Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, and the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Canada. She also teaches post-graduate continuing education classes in Japanese acupuncture in other venues around North America. Her publication, Layperson’s Guide to Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture (Shonishin), will be published soon. She can be reached at email@example.com View Guest page
Gaylon Logan, Jr.
Gaylon Logan, Jr. has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management with expertise in program conceptualization and developing community outreach curriculum. He is the innovator of a new life coaching model called "Culture Based Co-Active Coaching" (CBCC). Mr. Logan has coached and mentored more than 300 clients in individual, group, and family settings, and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Village-Connect Mr. Logan’s vision for Village-Connect integrates the success of coaching with an understanding of the importance of culture, identity, and community peer networking. View Guest page
ALLAN LOKOS is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center in New York City. He is the author of the best seller Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living and Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Tricycle magazine, Beliefnet, Back Stage newspaper, and the anthology, Audacious Creativity. Among the places he has taught are Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Marymount College, The Rubin Museum (Brainwave Series), New York Insight Meditation Center, The New York Open Center, Tibet House USA, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington. View Guest page
Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy®, ASCAP, and Clio award-winning composer, producer, performer, and public speaker, dedicated to making a difference in the world by creating music-driven media and experiences that inspire the heart and catalyze societal and individual healing. Gary is passionate about the vital role music, media, and the arts can play as an integrative resource for greater humanity and emotional intelligence. Gary is founder of Wisdom of the World the co-creator of the internationally acclaimed CD/book, Graceful Passages: A Companion For Living and Dying, released by his media company, Wisdom of the World, which offers aesthetic ways to help face life transitions with mindfulness, presence, and compassion. View Guest page
Denise Martini, Certified Hakomi Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist, Movement Facilitator, Minister of A.I.W.P. Denise has been involved in the Healing Arts since 1989. Her passion is the Art of Being Alive and assisting others on their journey towards wholeness and self-discovery through somatic, spiritual, and movement inquiry. Denise is dedicated to her own personal and spiritual growth and brings the gift of deep compassionate and presence to those she supports. Her approach is a collaborative, assisted self-study practice that utilizes mindfulness to call forth the dynamic expression of who you really are. Denise maintains a private practice in San Francisco and the town of Sonoma and teaches movement at retreats and various venues. You can read more about her and her work at: http://www.somasense.com View Guest page
“Dr. V” as he his called, chose an impossible dream: to cure the world of blindness. The tiny clinic he founded in India defied conventional business logic and is now the world’s largest provider of eye care. Aravind has restored sight to over 32 million patients, the majority for free. Those who can pay cover the costs of those who cannot. Serving everyone from penniless farmers to the president with world-class care, Aravind’s model of compassionate medical care is now being replicated across the globe. The practices and values at the heart of Aravind’s improbable success – integrating innovation with empathy, service with business principles, and inner change with outer transformation – are yielding powerful results, lighting the eyes of millions. View Guest page
Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He lives in southwestern Michigan. View Guest page
This week, Marianna interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Zen Hospice Project and his current project, Metta Institute, which provides broad based education on mindful and compassionate end of life care. A visionary Buddhist teacher and healthcare consultant, Frank’s groundbreaking work on the contemplative care of the dying has been widely featured in the media, including Bill Moyers’ On Our Own Terms and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Frank will introduce us to his Five Precepts of Service which addresses the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues inherent in this unique relationship. View Guest page
Christine Ostertag Timmins
Christine Ostertag Timmins, author of The Upside of Down, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area; earned a BA in Psychology and Business Education at San Diego State University and then an MA in Education at United States International University. Timmins received both her Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential, and enjoyed a teaching career spanning 39 years – 32 of them from a wheelchair. During those years Timmins worked on curriculum development for the State of California as well as for her district, staff development, and high school reform. During her career she received numerous awards including Freedom Foundation, Teacher of the Year, and the Victories of Spirit Award – a symbol of healing, conquering, and excellence. Active in her community, Timmins has been a member of her local Kiwanis group for 25 years. Additionally, she served five years as President of Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. Ms. Timmins, now retired from teaching, enjoys being with family and friends, participating in her church and community, choosing flowers for her garden, and spending time with her service dog, Ben. She continues to live in San Diego, California. View Guest page
For nearly 20 years, Kristin Otwell and Joan Burleigh have given people living with disabilities a place to express themselves artistically – without pressure, threat, or competitiveness. At Art Explorers in Fort Bragg, CA, these artists-in-the-making have found friends who feel like family, and an art studio that feels like home. Here, they have freedom of personal expression and a place to grow through their participation in the visual arts. And they can host exhibits to show and sell their work! View Guest page
Parker J. Palmer
Parker J. Palmer is founder of the national Center for Courage & Renewal, which supports people in the serving professions (including education, medicine, ministry, law, philanthropy and non-profit leadership), as well as people in other walks of life. For fifteen years, he served as Senior Associate of the American Association of Higher Education. A writer, traveling teacher and activist, Dr. Palmer focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has published a dozen poems, some two hundred essays, and seven books, including several best-selling and award-winning titles: A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and The Company of Strangers. His newest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, was published in August, 2011. Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife, Sharon Palmer, in Madison, Wisconsin. 998 characters including spaces View Guest page
Scott Parkhurst lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a participant of The Rediscovery Project, A Poetic Journey for People Living with Acquired Brain Injury. Scott suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from a car accident when he was 7 yrs. old in which his parents and two other were killed. He spent 11 months in the hospital and recovered to such a degree as he as was able to serve in the military and later pursue careers in law enforcement and acting. Today, Scott serves as a movie and TV technical advisor. View Guest page
Among the two acres of land that houses Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden sits a jungle gym, a swing-set and a basketball court where kids can come and play. Within the garden sits raised beds contained by two-by-fours that local kids can claim as their own. When Katie Pearson bought a two-acre foreclosure in Kalamazoo, Mich. she dreamed of turning it into a garden where people from the community could come and enjoy each other’s company and learn to grow produce. And that’s exactly what she did. Join us this week on BFJ Radio as Marianna Cacciatore interviews urban farmer, Katie Pearson who has dedicated her life to helping people in her community have fun while sharing a more sustainable way of living. Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden is a grantee of Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan. View Guest page
Constance Perenyi has served as Executive Director for Third Place Commons for over 6 years. At the helm of this small but mighty organization, she gets to do a bit of everything, including the usual directorial tasks of managing budgets, writing grants, and building vital community collaborations. As E.D. she is immersed in every aspect of running Third Place Commons, including coordinating over 800 public programs a year and a popular farmers market. She is an artist, published writer, and teacher committed to enriching the lives of others through creative relationships and community. You can view her personal website at PieceableKingdom.com View Guest page
Lynn Price is the Founder of Camp to Belong, a public speaker and coach. She is an Ashoka Fellow (recognized as a global social entrepreneur) and the recipient of numerous national awards and accolades including the Points of Light President's Service Award presented to her by President Bill Clinton and Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award. Most recently, she was featured on the front page of Denver Woman magazine and the National Speakers Association magazine. Today, Lynn guides individuals and groups as a Thinking and Accountability Partner. With a passion to encourage people to do what counts for them and their all-encompassing worlds, she is the catalyst to think and take action differently. She helps clients identify who they are, clarify what they want out of life and align what they need to get there. View Guest page
Mediator John Sarrouf leads the research-based Family Dinner Project, empowering families to have conversations that matter while sharing food and having fun together. Despite working in some of the most difficult arenas—including post civil war Lebanon—John remains “endlessly hopeful” that conversations can heal us. View Guest page
Allan Shedlin, M.A.
Allan Shedlin, M.A. – Founder and President As Founder and President of REEL FATHERS, Allan is responsible for national outreach and collaborates on program design, fundraising and communications. He represents REEL FATHERS on the Leadership Team for the NM Alliance for Fathers and Families (NMAFF). Allan has been an educator for over 45 years as well as a freelance writer, parenting coach, and national educational consultant. He is the former principal of the Ethical Culture School in New York City and founding executive director of the National Elementary School Center (NESC). Allan is an authority on parenting, education, and child-focused public policy. He served as an advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett. His writing on issues related to fathers and families has been widely published in the popular and professional press. Allan coined the word "daddying" in 1994 to describe the convergence of fatherhood and nurturing, and to express that a father is not something you are, but something you do. In 2012 he created the notion of "DADvocacy" to describe the combination of public/collective and private/individual actions needed to encourage vibrant father engagement. Allan was named a Living Treasure by Mothering Magazine in 2008. He is the parent of three adult daughters and one son, and the grandfather of four grandsons and four granddaughters View Guest page
Jeremy Adam Smith
Jeremy Adam Smith is Web Editor of the Greater Good Science Center and author or coeditor of four books, including The Daddy Shift, Rad Dad, and The Compassionate Instinct. Before joining the Greater Good Science Center, he was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. View Guest page
Jean-Pierre leads the Young Artists in Service Project at the Amala Foundation in Austin, TX. His team of teen artists teaches art to vulnerable children and they create murals of hope for homeless shelters and other “under-arted” spaces. As a child, Jean-Pierre and his mother navigated a life of homelessness. He often found himself sitting in dismal human services buildings that lacked art and expression. Art became his refuge, and today he uses art to inspire creativity and hope in Austin’s underserved communities and the teen artists he mentors. Jean-Pierre says, “I am inspired by love. For 12 years, I have explored the effects of love over fear. That curiosity has taken me as far away as India and as close as observing my own breath. In art therapy, I found my personal healing and an ability to help young people.” Let his story ignite the spirit of creative service in you. View Guest page
Krista Wissing is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with people from all walks of life – brain injury survivors, elders diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, at-risk youth, trauma survivors, and women struggling with addiction and mental illness are among them. Krista enjoys working in the context of integrative health and currently studies Depth Hypnosis and Applied Shamanism with Isa Guiccardi, Ph.D. at Foundation of the Sacred Stream. She is an Institute of Poetic Medicine Poetry Partner and in 2012 created and launched The Rediscovery Project, a poetry and expressive art group for people living with brain injury. Krista has been Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area's Day Program Coordinator since 2009 and sees clients in her psychotherapy practice. View Guest page
Bonds that Heal: Horse and Human–An interview with Gus Jolley & Kelly Wendorf
July 7, 2012
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore
“Meet 2 extraordinary people who have teamed up with our equine cousins – horses – to bring healing to the wounded and to teach communication, leadership, and relationship skills. With the help of a grant from Bread for the Journey of Santa Fe, accomplished riding instructor and veteran Gus Jolley started Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding to help veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other wounds of war. With his horses Promise, Sugar, and Zorro, Gus and a team of veteran and active military volunteers, offer free equine therapy to wounded veterans, teaching them the safety and peace of living in the moment, just as the horses do. Writer and accomplished horsewoman Kelly Wendorf seeks to liberate what is already good, courageous and whole in people, using their encounter with horses. Kelly developed The Equus Experience, currently used in corporate, academic and organizational environments to explore collaborative leadership and personal development.”
Bread for the Journey Radio
Saturday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place.
Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected.
These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived. Bread for the Journey airs live Saturdays at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety.
Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.
Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.
Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.