Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc.
May 2020 Newsletter
COVID-19: The importance of physical and social distancing cannot be stressed enough when it comes to disease control and prevention. It is understandable that staying at home can drive anyone stir crazy but spending unnecessary amounts of time in public areas can put yourself and others at risk. If it is necessary for you to leave the house, don't forget your mask and try to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.
Mother/Daughter Tea Party
May 10, 2020
While we can no longer convene in person, Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. has continued to support our community. We are continuing to facilitate the Parenting on Purpose series virtually, decided to host the Mother/ Daughter Tea Party virtually, and are tirelessly working on furutre events to serve our community. We are also offering support to families that are in need during these tough times. You can contribute towards our cause by donating. Simply click on the image to make a donation. #COTR
Third Annual Shoe Drive
Voices of the Village

Wisdom is defined as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. "Voices of the Village" is utilized to showcase wisdom from wise and wonderful parents.

Our responsibility is to teach children the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. To assist them and guide them all the time, so that they make the best choice for themselves and their families.
-Marie Florence Villedrouin
I was Raised by the Village!
Kylie Long
Florida Atlantic University High School
Family Time

Pastor Rick’s God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible* is a beautifully illustrated, hardcover children’s version of God’s Word that shares key Bible stories along with the 40 foundational principles from The Purpose Driven Life.

As they read, the children in your life will:

• Experience Bible stories coming to life
• Connect deeply with Scripture
• Grow to love Jesus through special lessons

Parenting on Purpose Weekend Retreat

We are looking forward to hosting the Parenting on Purpose Video Series in a weekend retreat. It will be an opportunity for parents to immerse themselves in the series and connect with other parents. It will be hosted just a short drive away, so it's easy to get to. We will also be offering surprise give-aways. The retreat will be Friday- Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information fill out the registration form and you will be contacted by COTR Foundation.
9-Week Parenting on Purpose Video Series by Dr. Bob Barnes
  We all know that children don’t come with instruction manuals, and with today’s barrage of seemingly opposing information and uncharted societal issues, parenting can seem overwhelming. The 9-week Parenting on Purpose Video Series seeks to help parents make sense of all the information, through proven and practical parenting solutions created by Dr. Bob Barnes. Dr. Barnes has a doctorate in counseling and received his education at Maryville College and Florida Atlantic University and he presents seminars and conferences on Parenting and Marriage throughout North America.

9- Week Video Series
*Virtual Parenting on Purpose Series*

Current Sessions Running
March 19- May 14, 2020 Thursday at 6:00-8:00 PM - Virtual POP
March 21- May 9th, 2020 Saturday at 9:30-11:30 AM- Virtual POP

Upcoming Sessions
May 4th- June 29th, 2020 Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM- Virtual POP
May 16 - July 11th, 2020 Saturdays at 11:00-1:00 PM - Virtual POP

Weekend Retreat Parenting on Purpose Series
Date: July 17-19, 2020
Location: Naples, Florida

Here's what others are saying about our Parenting on Purpose Series

"I'm very happy I had a chance to listen and participate in this seminar. I truly enjoyed it."

"Very educational and informative."

"I truly loved them and appreciate having been apart of them."

"Interactive, and many views and opinions; able to relate experiences to topics."

"Reminded me of my mother's parenting. Sometimes we need to take it back to the 'old school' way of doing things for our new generations."

What will you have to say after completing a session?
Register for a session today!
Every Family has a Story
I grew up in the Bahamas where there was more of a sense of community within the islands. I wasn't just raised by my mother. I had the love of my grandparents, the discipline of my uncles, the care of my aunts and the advice of a few trusted neighbors and friends of the family. It was really a village. But living in the United States and raising children here without a support system has proven to be a very challenging experience. For years I had lost my way and allowed the pressures of everyday life to control the way I parent. I found myself becoming more and easily frustrated, screaming at my children sometimes beating them out of anger, alienating them when I punished them. My way of parenting wasn't raising the children I wanted to raise they just learned how to lie better and how to hide things from me. It was destroying my relationship with them. I fell in love with the Parenting On Purpose class the first time I took the class. During the 9 weeks every week we had a new lesson and every week that new lesson was my favorite lesson. It has reshaped my whole thought process on intentional parenting. The information that I learned I immediately started applying to the way I parented and I started seeing results almost instantly. I am currently taking the class for a second time and I am amazed at how much I enjoy speaking to other parents and finding new ways to handle different situations in my household. Dr. Barnes gives us lessons by using his experience with his own children. These videos are informative yet very entertaining. Each session is outstanding and they have all become my favorites from teaching children about finances, impulse control, decision making, peer pressure and the list goes on. I will be taking this class for years to come.

The Cleft of the Rock Foundation has been an amazing addition to my families life. We have attended many of the events that it has hosted within the last 2 years. The Friendsgiving events are always fun and memorable and I have committed to support this organization financially because I love their vision and their mission. Its founder Latina Newsome has been a mentor and a trusted confidant for years. She has a beautiful heart and she is an amazing parent and her goal to see parents parenting on purpose has touched my heart and my life tremendously. I attended one of the conversations on parenting and it reminded me of growing up in a community. Everyone coming together and bringing a dish as we sit and eat and discussed the challenges we face as parents and find solutions to help us train our children to be responsible adults. This is something I feel like every family should be apart of because it is an investment into their future.

Candice Lightbourne
Conversations on Parenting 

If you would be interested in hosting a Conversations on Parenting meeting with a group of your friends and family please reach out to us. We would love to have one of our board members facilitate a meeting and continue to grow the awareness of the importance of parent education.

Click on the form below to register for an upcoming Conversations on Parenting meeting.


Third Annual Friendsgiving Gala
November 27th, 2020
Calling All Volunteers
Helping doesn't have to be complicated. Just use what you know how to do to help. That's called volunteering! We are always in need of new volunteers and would greatly appreciate your time, in any way that you can contribute. If you have teenagers and they need hours for school, any time they volunteer with us can count towards their goal. You can volunteer by lending a hand at an upcoming event, collecting donations on our behalf, or helping us pack/prepare donations. If you would like to volunteer, simply click on the link below to fill out the form and we will contact you:

Celebrating our two year anniversary!
 Two years ago, on April 26, 2018, I hosted the very first “launch call” for the Cleft of the Rock Foundation,Inc. Team.

What an incredible journey it’s been! We started with just a handful of members, and though small...MIGHTY. Though some of our board members have changed, we are confident that God is at work to help us to continue to grow the foundation. This is what we’ve accomplished TOGETHER:

  • Over 500 volunteers 
  • 5 energetic interns 
  • 9 countries represented
  • 3 fully developed programs 
  • Over 100 active participants
  • 6 annual events 
  • 27 transformational seminars and training sessions attended 
  • ...and the best is yet to come!

We truly are a committed community of mission minded leaders, influencers, and high achievers. The Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. team members seek to touch every institution where parent education is needed and can have an impact, but what really ties us together is a genuine commitment to raising the awareness of the need for parent education and the “Rebuilding of the Village” system, one family at a time. That's our DNA.

Would You Join Us In Celebrating 2 Years of the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. Team?

If your life has been impacted in any way by the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc., we’d love to hear from you. 
  • Maybe you’re a subscriber to one of our social media avenues...Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter...
  • Participated in a COP(Conversations On Parenting) or POP (Parenting on Purpose) with me, Danielle, Raquel, or Natacha...
  • Or joined us at one of our spirit or volunteer appreciation karaoke nights, tea party or Friendsgiving events...

If the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. team has impacted your life in any way, we’d love to hear from you. 

Just go to our  Facebook page here , and either leave a comment or post a short video on how the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. team has impacted your life.

If you prefer  Instagram  or  Twitter , share your post with us by using the hashtag #CleftoftheRockFoundation #COTR or #parentingonpurpose

Our team works very hard to provide as much value to you as we can, and I am positive that hearing from you will inspire us.

Pick your favorite platform and share how the Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. has made an impact on your life … and let’s continue working and growing TOGETHER.

As Founder and President of Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc., my charge to you is, “In parenting we must graduate from protecting our children from the world to preparing them for the world!”

We pledge to continue to think strategically about how to address issues that represent gaps between the fine organization we are and the fully excellent, top-tier organization we must aspire to be. 

To even better days ahead,

Latina Newsome
Founder and President
Thank you for your continued support!
You can order your T-shirt directly on our website and have it shipped to your house. Simply click on the link below, select your size and quantity, make a $20 donation + shipping and receive your "Not Your Basic Parent" t-shirt. Help us spread awareness on who we are and what we do by sporting your t-shirt to work, the grocery store, your children's events, and more.
Partners in Parent Education Program
The Mission of Cleft of the Rock Foundation is to help abused and abandoned children and struggling families improve their circumstances through education, life-coaching, proper shelter, nourishment and work. Through the Partners in Parent Education Program, you can partner with us to raise awareness of the need for parent education, be able to offer more parent education opportunities to more families, and to build communities where families are strong and children are safe through the love and support of deliberate parenting.

We have a Major Gift Society Giving Circle that consists of 5 different levels to meet your budget and your desire to partner. These are yearly amounts that are tax deductible. The end of the year is near, take this time to make a difference and support Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. to help parents and children!

Please click on the link to join your circle, and become our partner. We are excited about the success we are having so far with the initiatives that we are engaged in, and we welcome your partnership. 

Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. is   #BahamasStrong
Cleft of the Rock Foundation, Inc. would like to thank everyone who has made donations or helped in any other way towards our hurricane Dorian relief efforts for Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We continue to support the Bahamas in any way possible and would greatly appreciate your donations towards this cause. Click on the links below to make a monetary donation to help the victims.
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