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Vocational News

Updated: Jan 30

by: Jordan Dotson, Vocational Director

The great author, Wendell Berry, wrote: “The old and honorable idea of ‘vocation’ is simply that we each are called, by God, or by our gifts, or by our preference, to a kind of good work for which we are particularly fitted.” On the heels of winter’s barbaric yawp, life on the ranch is settling into place once again.

The vocations program at Sunny Crest hones its focus and prepares for a busy spring and summer ahead. Our goals are ambitious.


1. Build and sell 12-20 picnic tables by mid-July;

2. Plant and grow a variety of vegetables to sell throughout the summer and fall;

3. Finally begin work on our auto project (Cadillac Eldorado restoration).

And while the pace of life continues to press, distraction and busyness seem to be inevita- ble results. However, I would like to pause with you for a moment and consider a question: why vocations? The quick answer is rather obvious: young adults require employable, practical skills to meet the demands of an evolving work place. Yet, after further consider- ation, ‘vocation’ seems to tease out the deeper rooted meanings of life.

Who am I? Why me? What is my value? What is my purpose?

My goal for working with the boys endeavors to not only address the practical need for job skill, but also challenge them to consider the answers to those questions; working with one’s hands provides unique opportunities to discover one’s passions, skills, and desires for the future. If this pursuit peaks your interest, there are myriad ways you can partner with us to support us in our mission. I hope this letter finds you well in the New Year and thank you for your time and consideration!!

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