Surf Dog Ricochet's Waves of Empowerment is a collaborative, all-inclusive mentorship and comradeship program made up of military and civilian volunteers. It focuses on the human-canine bond while creating unique surfing and empowerment building activities that unite kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and military with PTSD.
Every 65 minutes a veteran with PTSD takes their life by suicide. That’s 22 lives a day!
Through this unique model, we are determined to reduce these staggering statistics and improve the lives of our physically and emotionally wounded war heroes. To that end, we provide opportunities that enable them to continue their life of service, and find new purpose by engaging in community service while mentoring and inspiring future generations.
Kids with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. We embrace diversity and inclusion of all kids, regardless of their ability. We create an environment that promotes respect and appreciation of each other’s differences and individuality. In addition to participating, we encourage kids to volunteer in whatever capacity they’re comfortable with. We find that being of service to another individual gives them a sense of responsibility and self-worth.
We are committed to enriching the well-being of veterans and civilians of all abilities and backgrounds by fostering relationships while utilizing canine counter-parts in a diverse, non-judgmental, all-inclusive environment.
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