Mission Nonprofit Spotlight: Christlike Agrotourism for Racial Equality

Each month, Thurston Community Media (TCMedia)’s Mission Nonprofit connects with local organizations and agencies that are making positive impacts in our communities. This month, Mission Nonprofit host Robert Kam sat down with Christlike Agrotourism for Racial Equality (CARE) Founder DeeDee Anderson to talk about her vision for a wellness center and tourist destination.

Anderson founded CARE two years ago after her own journey of rehabilitation from over a decade of severe depression and anxiety. “When we began experiencing a lot of injustices within this country, I felt helpless and I really wanted to make a contribution,” she explains, “but at the time I was unhealthy. I was overweight, I was on antidepressants, I was in a bad way. And so I really knew that I needed to become well, so I could make a contribution myself. And so, once my son turned 18, in 2018 and with his blessing, I left the states and I did travel, I went to Europe for six months.” While there, she did volunteer work in Italy, Albania and Greece. She worked with hostels, hotels, winemakers and guesthouses. She likes the way the agritourism and permaculture system worked. It made her want to bring it back to the United States for the BIPOC community.

“Permaculture just briefly means working with the land,” Anderson shares. “It’s kind of a spiritual way of working with the land. A lot of Indigenous people will, instead of saying, ‘I want to put this here and I want to make it look like this,’ are really taking the time to survey and listen to the land and see what wants to grow there. So, there is really a spiritual connection with the use of the land.”

The non-religious, non-denominational organization seeks to help others on their own journeys of healing and rehabilitation for people of color and allies of equality. Their mission is, “To provide sanctuary, equality, tools and inclusion for suffering people, practicing unconditional love and understanding; promoting sustainability and productive functionality of all living things; dedicated to subsisting farming, community and environmental responsibility that aid health, nutrition, safety and spiritual well-being for all people.”

CARE’s techniques including ideals of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and the principles from “A Course In Miracles,” a book scribed by Helen Schucman that helps others gain an “awareness of love’s presence” in a person’s life, primarily through forgiveness.

For more information, watch the full video above and visit the Christlike Agrotourism for Racial Equality website.

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