Taking Steps for Small Steps for Compassion

On Monday, November 27th, 2018 Bear Coast Coffee hosted a fundraising event for Small Steps for Compassion. The goal was to raise enough money for 25 young girls at the Small Steps home in Tanzania. That goal was met and it was a fun time as you can see from the pictures in our Good Times section. We were fortunate enough to sponsor Nuru,…

Big Vision With a Small Focus

In 2009, Shannin and Paul Pickle, along with their two children Corrinne and Ashton, took a trip to Tanzania, Africa to start Small Steps for Compassion. Small Steps for Compassion is an organization dedicated to empowering individuals to transform their community through compassionate action. Currently, this vision is being fulfilled through two channels: a girls home and a school.


“It happens the same way every time,” says Shon Miller, Executive Director of the Beach Conservation Program, as he reflects on the youngest beach clean-up volunteers. Miller says the two and three-year-olds show up a bit confused their first time out, picking up rocks and throwing them away. By the second or third time they come to help, they’re running…

Trevor’s Dream Bedroom Revealed

Trevor Salman was the most recent recipient of a Special Spaces Orange County dream bedroom remodel. Trevor was diagnosed with leukemia last September and was selected to receive a remodel by the Special Spaces team. The remodel took place the weekend of March 11-12, and the reveal happened on Sunday, March 12. Along with the Special Spaces OC team, students…

A Flying Success at Giving Back

According to Denise Wilson, there are two keys to success: resilience, and a deep sense of knowing anything is possible. Wilson is the founder, president and CEO of Desert Jet, an aircraft charter, management and maintenance company based in Palm Springs. Since inception, Desert Jet has grown significantly and experienced much success.