SOFTIN, inc

Sea Faring Opportunitiese for thos in Need

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SOFTIN inc. is a 501.3C
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Softin, Inc. Charter

Executive Summary: Our mission is to enhance the lives of the challenged (handicapped, disabled, impaired, elderly, youth) by providing enabling lessons and experiences at sea aboard a safe and comfortable vessel with caring and professional crew and staff. We maintain a small staff of uniquely experienced and motivated specialists trained to teach safe at-sea learning and skill-enabling curriculum. Our techniques include small-group at-sea lessons and nature interpretation, incorporating skill-building designed to help each handicapped individual build knowledge, competency and self-esteem. We seek funding from individuals and organizations with the heart to serve the neediest among our community.

Who and how we serve: Working with numerous handicap-specific and condition-specific organizations, we arrange for vessel, crew and specialized staff to provide tailored educational cruises involving group and individual learning and developmental opportunities. Each handicapped community has individualized needs and we tailor our services to address the specific needs of each community, including but not limited to:

Autistic children:  We feed these quick minds with focused bursts of information on work vessel types (Rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs. We offer boat handling and seamanship lessons. We provide seasonal narrated viewing, monitoring and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Mentally impaired:  We give leisurely and informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship in an informative and entertaining manner. We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Physically disabled:  We take care to help them with skill-building and self-esteem building exercises while feeding their quick minds with informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship in an informative and entertaining manner. We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling, providing all the help our disabled passengers may need.

Users of prosthetics:  Amputees must learn to use prosthetics and our program teaches them to live active lives which include outdoor adventure. We teach about the waterfront community through informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship, providing opportunities to help with boat work. We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Stroke victims in recovery:  We help recovering stroke victims live active and enjoyable lives by helping them relearn and employ motor skills and sense of balance onboard a vessel at sea. We give informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship, providing opportunities to help with boat work. We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Trauma victims:  We help trauma victims get past the effects of trauma through a nurturinglearning experience at sea with a strong focus on interaction with the critters of the sea. We give informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship, providing opportunities to help with boat work. We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Sufferers of disabling diseases:  We help people find new passion for life and learn new skills through discovery cruises where they learn what they can do rather than concentrating on what they cannot do. We give informative talks about various types of work vessels (rescue, enforcement, research, commercial fishing, energy industry) and waterfront jobs applicable to individuals with impairments. We discuss boat handling and seamanship, providing opportunities to help with boat work.

We provide seasonal narrated viewing and counting opportunities for; sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales and seabirds. We provide recreational and subsistence skill-building fishing lessons involving rigging, baiting, techniques and safe (for the angler and the fish) fish handling.

Elderly: We strive to provide education and skill-building curriculum while showing all the respect and consideration earned by their long and productive lives. The elderly still want to be needed, useful and appreciated. Our curriculum gives them all of that plus a healthy dose of adventure.

Youths:  Our approach varies according to the nature of the youth we serve. Young children need education and adventure while seeing the natural awe of the marine environment. “Youth at risk” passengers need to learn about the marine habitat and abot the creatures of the sea in a manner that teaches them there is much more to life than the inner city and much more of the world to see and experience by gaining an education and establishing good life’s goals. Our curriculum helps via interaction with nature and by learning about the waterfront community and professional opportunities.

Benefits to handicapped/impaired individuals: Tangible benefits take the form of enhanced knowledge about various waterfront work and vessels; familiarity with marine mammals, seabirds and fish; new fishing skill sets useful for both recreational and subsistence purposes. People discover what they can accomplish, rather then concentrate on what they cannot do. Intangible benefits come in the joyful gratitude of those we serve, after a day of watching them learn, grow and commune with nature and the critters of the sea. It is priceless, yet our work has its costs and needs dependable funding sources.

Who we are and how we organize to serve: SOFTIN, Inc. was begun by a team of committed volunteers and donors with appropriate skills, experiences and assets to provide at-sea learning experiences to the disabled / handicapped / impaired / elderly / youth. We have a Board of Directors, and Advisory Board chosen carefully for their ability to help us achieve our mission. We have access to an appropriate vessel for hire with a highly professional and competent crew.