Big Changes for PEERS Founder and a Call for Help
Dear friends and subscribers of PEERS and WantToKnow.info,
My life has gone through major changes in recent months. After 20 years of renting a room in a wonderfully supportive and harmonious home with a warm, creative couple who own the house, their now 18-year-old son, and several other fun housemates over the years, I've moved out and am now living in a motorhome I purchased.
I am deeply thankful to my housemates both for their warm friendship over all these years and for having a stable home in Berkeley, CA, from which to operate PEERS. Yet when a lockdown was instituted in March and the couple who own the house asked me not to visit any friends back in March, we realized it was time for me to move out. I was ripe and ready for a change.
I'm very much enjoying this new lifestyle and the mobility it affords me. I bought a 24-foot 2003 Minnie Winnebago for $19,500 that is in excellent condition with only 69,000 miles on the engine. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found this wonderful new home on wheels.
Thanks to an old college buddy who also supports the work of PEERS, I currently have a home base for my RV on his acre of beautiful land in the rolling hills of El Sobrante, about 20 miles northeast of San Francisco. I look forward at some point to leaving this base to travel around the country and visit with those of you who might be interested in connecting.
I have been most fortunate over the years to have had many dozens of PEERS supporters visit me in my former Berkeley home, some from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, several countries in Europe, and many parts of the US. Our discussions are almost always fascinating, thought-provoking, and quite profound.
So though I won't be able to take my new home overseas, I'm excited at the thought of traveling in my RV around the US and Canada to meet some of the amazing people who support our work. I hope things slow down enough for me to be able to do that before too long.
For newer subscribers to this list, I am the founder and manager of PEERS and WantToKnow.info. To learn about my most fascinating trip down the rabbit hole and back to a place of balance and optimism, I invite you to read the essay I wrote on this titled, "A White House Insider's Journey Down The Rabbit Hole and Back to Magnificence."
Until recently, PEERS operated out of my former Berkeley home. As I won't have a permanent home now, a member of our board of directors has agreed to let his home serve as the address of PEERS, so the address given below is new for those who might want to send in a donation by mail.
Speaking of donations, a big thank you to those who responded to our appeal earlier this month, and deep gratitude to all who have supported and continue to support our work. I so wish I didn't have to send messages asking for your financial help. It is not in my nature to do this, but I do it because we have a budget to make, and without the support we receive from these requests, we wouldn't be able to do the quality work that we do.
As we're currently running quite a bit in the red for the year (over $8,000), I'm making an appeal for you now to support our good work. We really need your help to thrive and to open many more people's eyes to all that is going on in the world, especially in these troubled times.
This is a wonderful way to use your money to promote education and the transformation of our world. And as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, any donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. We really need you to support us in the great work.
Please consider supporting us, even if you can only give $5. Like drops of water in the ocean, many small contributions add up. And note that online donations can easily be made from anywhere in the world. Monthly donations are particularly helpful. To set up a monthly contribution, please click the link above or contact your bank to help start this.
To send a check or money order, please make your donation out to PEERS and mail it to:
16791 Greenhorn Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA
You can also use this address to send a one-time or monthly donation using your bank's free online "Bill Pay." Just give your bank a call and they will help you. Thanks for whatever support you are able to offer. May your life be filled with love, joy, and meaning.
With much gratitude and very best wishes for transformation,
Fred Burks for PEERS and WantToKnow.info
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