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Are you a music lover? Meet Sebastian C.

Susanville Newsletter

Sebastian is one of our Transitional Housing Program (THP) youth who has a fantastic ear for music. Not only does he make music, but he is a very talented guitar builder. This creative young man is currently working at our thrift store, Nu-2-U, and is doing a fantastic job at it! He is very loved by the customers- he connects so well with them that a returning customer found out he was a luthier, and Sebastian was able to build this customer a guitar to purchase! This was the second guitar Sebastian has built and sold!  Sebastian is a very dedicated, hard-working adult and we are so proud of him and pleased to have him in our program. He has various hobbies besides music too. He loves playing paintball (and is extremely good at it), drawing, playing video games, snowboarding and skateboarding, and he loves the outdoors.We have asked Sebastian a few questions about our program and how it has benefited him: 11025681_10152602851060806_5665972870161885817_o (2) - Copy


1)     How has the Transitional Housing Program helped you move more towards your goal of becoming a professional guitar builder?

The THP program has helped me towards becoming a luthier in many ways, but overall just the support of the Mountain Circle staff is what keeps me going.

2)      Do you feel that you have the support, financially and emotionally, that you need to fulfill your dream?

Most definitely, the staff’s support and financial support of the program help immensely.

3)      What costs are associated with this dream and does the THP stipend help you out the costs?

Tools and material costs mostly. The THP stipend is more than enough for me to set aside extra funds for materials and tools for guitar building, while still having money to pay for living expenses.

You can support kids like Sebastian when by launching your own unique page. 

THANK YOU for making the difference! 


Mountain Circle’s annual Boston Qualifying Marathon fundraiser, the Running with the Bears race, is almost sold out! Why would we limit registration for a charity race? Read the story and tell us what you think! Register soon!

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We interview Rick, our first Charity Runner to reach their goal (and then pass it….) 

Q: What is your connection to Running with the Bears, and why did you decide to fundraise for our foster children?

I signed up for it in 2015 was to maintain some shape for the CIM in December 2015.  I ran the 2014 CIM and it was very tough and wanted to do better in 2015 so I chose the RWTBs in August 2015 to sort of help me ramp up.  At the run and the party after, I was struck by the community effort, the warmth of the other runners and the team putting it on (at the aid stations).  I try to donate to various charities through the year but this offered me the opportunity to leverage my efforts and include the people I know and some of them want to donate to a good cause.

2.) Can you tell us more about your running and racing history?

Running with the Bears in 2016 will be my 4th marathon – my first marathon was the CIM (and it was when I was 51 years old) in 2014 and I only did that because my son was doing it for his Senior Project in High School and his coach suggested I do it.  My son told him I’m not a runner (that I didn’t run much) and the coach said, “your dad rides a bike a lot so he should be in shape.”  I am slated to participate in the 50 mile Tahoe Endurance Run in July of 2016.  My wife and daughter are participating in the Rwtb 1/2 this year and last year 7 of our 8 kids camped and went to the hoe-down, which is the after-party hosted on Saturday night after the Rwtb race.

3.) Any thoughts on how regular RWTB participants can get more involved as Charity Runners?

It is really the generosity of my friends and co-workers that are doing the donating. I will strong-arm some people on donations too when I think they should do something more than they are 🙂



The Executive Director’s Corner:
What is Ubuntu Leadership?

Ubuntu leadership is a way of life where everyone is equal and looking out for each other through respect, helpfulness, sharing, a sense of community, and unselfishness…

From Dr. Rossington’s Blog… 

When starting my career 20 plus years ago, I was having a conversation with a colleague about my boss–who I felt was inept, because this person was using others around them to be successful.  My colleague responded back, “This is a good sign of a leader, the ability to see talent in others and draw upon them.”  My conceptual understanding of a leader, at that time, was a leader needed to be completely competent in all areas. This statement was a turning point philosophically for me. Soon after this conversation, I found myself in a leadership role, and since then I have learned the power of relational leadership. I am only a great leader because I am in relation with really great employees.

Quite often I feel humbled that I am honored to be leading talented, smart, loyal, and dedicated employees.  Employees who are committed to foster children and foster parents, and work tirelessly on our annual Boston Qualifier Marathon.  Without understanding the power of Ubuntu and relational leadership, our small, but mighty nonprofit organization would not be able to do what do– we change foster children and add value to people’s lives through relationships.



1.) Join the Mountain Circle Team! We are hiring in Chico!

2.) Join us for a foster parent orientation in your own home

3.) Make a Gift Straight to Mountain Circle:

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