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  The Awareness Option® Foundation, Inc.
It is the mission of The Awareness Option Foundation to be a catalyst for improving the health and quality of life of people from all cutural backgrounds who are economically, socially or physically challenged, or who suffer from chronic illness. Committed to holistic healing, the Foundation underwrites programs and develops community partnerships which support experience-based health education opportunities.



February 21, 2010

Dear TAO Foundation Members,

Happy New Year and New Decade! As you know, our mission for the past 6 years has been to develop and provide service projects where individuals and families with extra challenges in life are able to receive new awareness, new skills and choices through hands-on energy work and public educational workshops to assist in their life management and healing.

  • With your membership of $50 this past year of 2008-2009 we were able to provide 10 table sessions to six children living with autism.
  • We received a grant from Rick Lawson to underwrite an amazing dance concert to raise funds for the autistic event.
  • We received a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Utah to provide services and three public educational workshops to the children and parents living with autism.
  • Copious amounts of data were gathered during this autism event and Mr. Roger Olbrot, Ms Kerry Dew and Ms. Stephanie Owens are heading up the research component of the autistic event. And, at this time, we are collecting data of the six month post test phase.

Our membership drive for 2010 will be in July. Remember that all membership dues are used to pay for direct services. All administrative costs are privately underwritten. So open your hearts and consider reaching out and helping others through your membership in TAO Foundation.

As we move forward in this New Year, we want to first acknowledge and thank from the bottom of our heart Ms. Mary Ellen Rayner. Her commitment of three years on the Board of Directors has been completed. Luckily, she has agreed to be on the National Advisory Board. However, the strength and development of the TAO Foundation in the past three years would not have been possible without Mary Ellen’s incredible expertise in writing, legal issues, higher dimensional healing and tremendous sense of evolution. She has been an amazing support for me as well as the whole board and her guidance has been impeccable. Mary Ellen, thank you, so much.

Also, we have Ms. Jasmine Weaver leaving the Board of Directors and we thank her for all her support and hard work this past year in making the fund raiser an amazing success. We actually made $4,000.00 on one wonderful night of dance.

I would like to welcome Jan Nystrom as a new director to the board. Jan is an amazing woman with tremendous energy, heart and expertise. She is the Assistant Director of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University Of Utah School Of Law. She brings to the Board many talents and skills, one of which is a clarity and knowledge about grant writing and public administration.

We have received another $5,000.00 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Utah to continue service to children and families with autism. The board will be meeting soon to discuss the development of a project to deliver these services. We are also interested in developing a project that works with people living with brain injury and a project working with the elderly.

I want to acknowledge Ms. Tori Skiles for her passion, devotion, inspiration, strength and love in being the main impetus for the autistic service project of 2009. Without her guidance and belief in the Foundation, this service project would have never happened. She supported and made friends with the parents and children and every energy worker in every meeting and workshop. Each of our lives has been permanently enriched by knowing and working with Tori. And so, I share with you that she made her transition from this life on the Winter Solstice, Monday, December 21st 2009 due to metastatic melanoma in her brain and various body sites. She will always be a light in our lives and an example of the highest level of love, honor and integrity.

In this time of financial crisis and hardship on so many levels, the support, passion and love that has poured out of people in support of the TAO Foundation just makes me feel that the matrix of awareness and consciousness is guiding us. Because of your membership, support, love and spirit, out TAO Ship continues to sail. Stay aboard and hold on as we continue to create an expanding, creative path of learning, being and service.

Love and light

Jan W. Cendese, LCSW, LMT CPP
Executive Director - TAO Foundation

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