About the Founder
What I Live For
"I live for those who love me,
For those who know me true,
For the Heaven that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit too;
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance,
And the good that I can do.
--George Linnaeus Banks
My name is Theresa Wolfe. I am a Thriver on the Central Coast of California. A Thriver is a happy, self-confident, and productive individual who is succeeding in life after surviving a traumatic experience. After experiencing incest during my child and adolescent years, I became a Thriver through a unique combination of experiences.
In 2010, life took a real turn for my family. I got help from the Women’s Shelter Program. There, I was able to receive the care I needed to begin making real changes in my life. During that time, I was in private counseling and with a group called, “Pattern Changing.” I also worked with a Stephen Minister. My husband and I separated, and my mother passed away after 18 years of convalescing. With no job, I was left to decide what to do with myself and my two younger children at home.
Two months later, I was standing at the water’s edge on Refugio Beach with my first soft top surfboard. At that moment, I remembered the last time, 32 years earlier, that I had been in the ocean. I was with my father right before his death from a scuba diving accident. As I entered the ocean, I felt its energy pulse through my wet-suit rising from my legs to my heart. I sensed a full circle had just occurred, as I began to reacquaint myself with the ocean’s energy. Sitting on my board, thoughts of gratitude flooded my mind. Pent up pain from my life washed away and pure appreciation and joy filled my consciousness.
Beginning that day, the ocean became a healing sanctuary for me. I bought a custom surfboard through a friend, Marc Chung and became his surfboard rep for Just Rip Surfboards. Through this I began to learn about the business world. Next, I met several people at the beach, networked and discovered the nonprofit AMPSURF, a surf clinic for Veterans, amputees, and the disabled. The veterans and amputees were experiencing similar euphoria from being in the ocean, so I began to volunteer with their program. I discovered that AMPSURF’s clients were men and women who experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from war, injuries, and illnesses, similar to my symptoms of PTSD from incest.
Finally, in fall 2015, I was challenged by my Cuesta College English teacher, Stacy Pointer, to write a persuasion essay. I proceeded to learn about the benefits of holistic activities for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and Veterans. I persuaded myself to stop being a survivor just drifting on the current of life, and to “DIG-IN” to catch the next wave of opportunity. I am utilizing my gift of compassion for survivors and using what I have learned on my journey to help others and myself to become Thrivers!
My vision for Coastal Thrivers is to empower survivors of all sexual abuse to become Thrivers by facilitating holistic recreational activities, provide transformative materials, professionals in the field and empower survivors to share their stories altruistically. We are not here to just survive but to thrive.
Together Thrivers would encourage and empower each other while informing and building community. Early awareness of personal power is key for safety in our society. By gaining the power to set boundaries and assertively say “no” when we choose to do so, it helps others to also make assertive choices.
My hope is to reach every man, woman, and child with this message to facilitate self-care through holistic recreational activities. When indicated, those in need of assistance will be directed to emergency contacts, crisis centers, and agencies like the Women's Shelter Program and RISE which provide counseling and services within their own community.
Please consider promoting Coastal Thrivers in any way that best fits your profession and means. Please contact us via email or by phone for more information. We are in need of board members, funding, community partnerships and participants.
Thank-you for your interest in supporting survivors to "Dig-in to Life and be Thrivers!”
With sincere gratitude,
Founder of Coastal Thrivers Corporation