Cathi Neal,
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Background

Employment History

  • Director of C.O.P.E.
    Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council BSA
  • Executive Director
    Changing Course Foundation
  • Executive Director
    Changing Course Foundation
  • Executive Director and Founder
    Changing Course Foundation
  • Director of C.O.P.E.
    Boy Scouts of America Circle 10 Council
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Web References
Cathi ...
www.ccfdn.net, 14 June 2014 [cached]
Cathi Neal
Executive Director
Cathi is the Founder and the Executive Director of Changing Course Foundation, she has many attributes to help Changing Course Foundation be a success, she:
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Cathi founded Changing Course Foundation out of the desire to help others make better life decisions. She is dedicated to ensuring the growth and stability of the people that come into her life.
In 2010, Cathi was presented with a opportunity that would fulfill a long term goal, a ranch for teenage boys who did not have the support they needed at home to be successful. For the last 3 years she has worked diligently to ensure that those in her care received the services they needed to be successful.
Well Cathi Neal with ...
www.ccfdn.net, 14 June 2014 [cached]
Well Cathi Neal with Changing Course Foundation can help you make your dream a reality.
WCMessenger.com: Calling all skaters: Skatefest ‘06
www.wcmessenger.com, 30 July 2006 [cached]
"Skatefest is going to become a primary fund-raiser for Changing Course," said Cathi Neal, founder and executive director of Changing Course.
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Neal said the event's costs are roughly $3,500.
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The foundation has offered several programs to Wise County youth, and those programs have been successful, Neal said.
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"This is a mission and a passion in my life," Neal said.
For more information on Skatefest '06, call Haney at (940) 399-6961 or Neal at (214) 477-2673.
Wise County Messenger Online
www.wcmessenger.com, 2 July 2006 [cached]
Bringing Big Brothers Big Sisters to Wise County came out of a discussion of the Wise Area Youth Council, which is co-chaired by Cathi Neal and Kim Tinkham.
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"We have been looking for programs to bring to Wise County to help the youth," said Neal, who is also the director of the Changing Course Foundation.
Other programs, like the YMCA, were examined, but all had a price tag attached to them, making it more difficult to get something started in Wise County.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters does not cost anything," Neal said.
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After the initial Wise Area Youth council meeting, Neal, Tinkham and Barham contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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After the mentors have been recruited, Neal said, they must go through a training process that will most likely be held in the latter part of July.
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After the Bigs have been selected and trained, Neal said, applications will be accepted for Littles.
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When school starts, Neal said, all of the schools in the area will be notified about Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Wise County Messenger Online
www.wcmessenger.com, 26 June 2005 [cached]
"It's just like life - you can sit there and hurt or you can get it done," said Cathi Neal, the camp director.
Neal is slim and energetic with a dark braid streaked with just a little gray.Her tone is no-nonsense without being harsh.
"You've been helping him get in trouble all week long, why don't you help him now," she asks the boy who has started climbing.Then she tells both boys, "Don't show me, show you."
The late-morning sun beat down on the boys as they waited to see if this adult would give in like so many others before her.Staff members stood with the belaying ropes wrapped around their waists, toes dug into the dirt, making sure the boys were safely and securely held in front of the first rung at least six feet from the ground.Fire ants made a meal of the other campers and staffers, most of whom were focused intently on the boys' progress.
Did they know how much the people on the ground wanted them to make it to the top?
Part cheerleader, part drill sergeant, Neal evenly counters every "I can't" with a "Yes, you can."
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"We have empathy," said Neal, who is the director of Changing Course."Sympathy is when I feel sorry for you.Empathy is when I know where you're at."
Neal, the driving force behind Changing Course, is candid about her history of loss, rejection, drug use and multiple marriages to addicts and abusers.She must have told the story hundreds of times, but she still seems surprised that she had the capacity to make so many bad choices.
She's protective when she speaks of friends who have since become clean and sober and chokes back sobs when she talks about what she put her three children, now grown, through while "living the drug life."
Nine years ago Neal made the decision that she "was going to live" and began working a 12-step program.She participated in Project COPE, or Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience - a Boy Scout program that combines a series of outdoor challenges requiring personal achievement and teamwork.
"Four days into the eight-day program I felt the difference," Neal said.
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"Eight years ago God gave me a vision of what this place was going to look like," Neal said.
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When the property came up for lease again this year, Neal took a chance and made the call.
Neal said Grana was impressed with the Changing Course program, enough so that he offered favorable terms for leasing the property.Neal will help market the facility for lease by private, corporate and non-profit events and, in return, receive a percentage of the proceeds for Changing Course.
The facility is versatile and would suit a variety of events, including teacher in-services, outdoor adventures, hunting, trail rides, reunions, weddings and corporate team-building.
Neal hopes to turn the lodge into a year-round home for boys that could run in conjunction with other events held on the property, but that will take time and money.
Changing Course is a United Way agency and also receives compensation from area juvenile probation programs.Neal said as a non-profit agency, Changing Course funnels any revenue it generates back into the organization rather than into employee or investor pockets.She has benefited from the "seeing is believing" philosophy.
"If it weren't for people who believe in this program and have given me what they could, I would have had to have gotten a full-time job a long time ago," Neal said, who said she typically works without a salary.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, campers are being put through the paces.In June alone, nearly 60 young people ages 13 to 17 - more than 20 of them female - have spent a week at the camp as part of their court-ordered probation.
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Neal said sometimes the campers challenge the veterans because they often know each other and are skeptical and want the truth.
"They (the campers) want to know number one, that there is some hope, that they can change and they can be different," Neal said.
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Neal admits that this effort is a mission for her, one fueled by 30 years of bad decisions.
"I do it because I want the cycle broken.I don't want any parent to feel the shame of treating their children the way I did," Neal said.
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