About Our Chapter
“Be the change you want to see in the world”, affect what you can. Everyone has skills, talents, strengths…gifts. These gifts enrich the lives of others even when it is a simple smile that happens in a split second during a random passing, a listening ear, or caring enough to spend and invest time in someone else’s day. Affect what you can, be the change, a little piece of this world at a time. Know that there is goodness, love, and compassion in the world that creates a second, third, or however many chances needed to get to a better place in one’s day, week, year, or life.
I am humbled daily by my work and the unthinkable adversities that others face in comparison to mine. I have learned in my many years in crisis intervention and mental health, not to give up on people and not to assume anything. There are always details that are invisible that contribute to peoples’ life situations, good and bad, that will never let me experience it the exact same way and thus fully understand their circumstances. What I do know for certain is that to create change there must be hope present. If there isn’t, it is difficult to see a different outcome, a different future. Instead of judging, walking the journey with someone, helping them heal, planting seeds of hope, and helping those seeds grow can be the greatest gift to someone. With hope, a path can change.
The children at St. PJ’s Children’s Home, home to Chicktime San Antonio Central, have lived through crisis and/or abuse. St. PJ’s serves as a safe place for children to start healing and begin their journey toward a better future. It is my vision for Chicktime SA Central, to create opportunities for women from all walks of life to plant seeds in the lives of those that are served by St. PJs; seeds of hope, empowerment, kindness and compassion, love, healing, strength and resiliency. Nurture these seeds so that the girls of St PJs can see, recognize and embrace their own sprouting gifts to take with them as they journey on their paths of life and know that they are beautiful, strong, unique young ladies who are worthy of goodness and have the capability overcome challenges. #bethechange
Dawn Gayden founded Chicktime SA Central in 2014 with a belief that every person can positively impact another individual’s life whether we are aware of that impact or not. Her vision was to ignite a spark of creativity and hope in every child’s life that we touch; to inspire and impact their lives in a positive manner and for our children to walk away from our events feeling empowered with a sense of belonging and love. We want our girls to dream big and think big! In 2017, Dawn passed the Chicktime SA Central torch over to Carmen but we will always honor Dawn for her time, love, and commitment to Chicktime San Antonio Central!