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Ensuring Change Sticks for Rissi

Rissi, 2013-14 Program Participant

Meet Rissi.  With a life that was very erratic and without direction, Rissi is eager to break old habits and make a better future for herself.

A Western Slope native, this 34 year-old mother of 3 boys transplanted to Denver through community corrections. Scared and in unfamiliar surroundings, Rissi struggled with the changes but knew that staying in old habits wasn’t working for her.  She also was challenged by not knowing how or where to begin looking for work or locate resources to assist her as she began to rebuild her life.

What a difference 5 weeks makes.  In just over a month with the Bean Project, Rissi’s optimistic attitude is omnipresent and she is becoming quite a leader on the production floor. The reality is that since she was young, her Mom told her that she was a natural leader, yet it wasn’t until her time on the Bean Project’s production floor that she began to feel the truth in that statement.

“I’ve been on a roll making difficult and uncomfortable choices which have shown me that (a situation) is never as bad as you think it is going to be and in the end, the changes make you stronger.  My mom has told me all my life I’m a natural leader and I’m just beginning to feel it.”  

Lifecoach, Joyce Buteyn-Garrett

Many elements of the Bean Project’s program contribute to Rissi’s transformation, and Joyce Buteyn-Garrett’s weekly lifecoaching classes are on the top of that list.  And it is thanks to the generosity of friends like you that ensure this lifecoaching program exists.



Courage to change.
Although each women has her own unique story, all the women at the Bean Project share at least one commonality – courage.

Lifecoach Joyce Buteyn-Garrett shared that regardless of how chaotic or negative a person’s life situation, subconsciously it is human nature to retain the status quo – even when their rationale mind is pushing for change.  As contradictory as it may seem, familiarity is safe and comfortable and the desired set point – even when the familiar has negative repercussions.   In order to make change stick, a person needs to adjust to the feelings of discomfort that come with change.

Each woman at the Bean Project has been courageous, and sought out change aspiring to create a better life for her and her family.  Joyce’s weekly classes prepare the women to be their own inner coach and cheerleader for change.   As the women are able to navigate the discomfort they are rewarded with unfamiliar feelings – empowerment and courage.

On behalf of Rissi, Vonnie and all the women at the Bean, thank you for your generosity.

So far we have raised just over $3,000!   
With just over a week until September 6, we need your help to reach our goal of $6,600 to ensure that all the women we serve receive the full 11-months of weekly group coaching classes.

A few dollars can change lives: 

  • $150 allows all the women to attend one weekly life-coaching class.
  • $60 allows three women to attend weekly life-coaching classes for 1-month.
  • $20 allows one woman to attend weekly life-coaching classes for 1-month.
  • $10 allows two women to attend one weekly class.

If you and 59 others donate as little as $10, we’d have another month of classes covered. 

Thank you to all of our supporters who have already donated toward this campaign!

Together, every dollar makes a huge difference.

You can change lives!





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