Note: The Igloo Trip is our bi-annual single-gender four-day winter camping trip that takes place in the Sierra Mountains, during which the participants work together to build igloos and other snow structures to protect them from the elements.
2 year intern
Hometown: Tracy, CA
Future plans: Pursuing teaching credential
I have a naturally patient personality. I’m willing to be there for people and explain something differently if they don’t get it the first time. I want people to learn. I feel like going to school to get a teaching credential is the next thing. Coming alongside others is something I naturally do.
Amanda (Polejewski) McIntyre, CEM 2007 graduate, shares about her journey since leaving CEM and the importance of giving back.
When I came to the Ranch, I had very little education and I had been living on the streets. I call it “broke, busted, and disgusted.” I was really rough, unlovable, and I acted out a lot. I was a terror, really. [CEM staff and interns] just loved on me. They helped with my education. They talked about Jesus and how He loved me. They showed Jesus through their actions. That was hard for me. My own mom gave me up. If my own mom couldn’t love me, how could anyone else love me?
by: chuck boatman
CEM's Executive Director
Refreshing rain...in abundance! Several major storms brought much needed precipitation to most of California in the early days of 2017. Our ponds here at the Ranch were overflowing. Wolf Creek—which we have to cross on a primitive bridge to get out to “civilization”—flowed fast and deep.
Fortunately, at the Ranch we had no weather-related troubles. However, in many places, floods washed out roads, traffic accidents multiplied, and several people lost their lives. A restaurant in Nevada City was flooded out, and a 100’ wide by 75’ deep sinkhole developed in a Grass Valley parking lot.