The mission of Sky's the Limit Fund (STLF) is to transform the lives of youth in crisis and their families by providing financial assistance for wilderness therapy programs, coaching services to guide families during the transition home, and outreach to educate the community on the benefits of wilderness therapy.
STLF was co-founded by Rochelle Bochner in 2010 out of a frightening time for her family as they dealt with their son in crisis. Mrs. Bochner's son began using drugs and spiraled into an opiate addiction. A dramatic intervention was needed, and they enrolled him into a wilderness therapy program. Mrs. Bochner and her husband believed that the non-traditional, life-saving impact that wilderness therapy had on their son should be available to ANY youth in crisis. So, Mrs. Bochner partnered with a friend and began raising funds to help families afford the high cost of wilderness therapy.
STLF serves families with financial need whose youth are in mental health crisis by providing funds to offset the high cost of wilderness therapy treatment. And, STLF provides the critical transitional support so the family and youth have the best chance for success moving forward.
Since its inception in 2010, STLF has provided over $2.4M of support to over 494 families. Combined with the matching reduction in tuition from our partner programs, this is over $4.8M in support to youth in crisis. In addition, we have served 64 families in our Family Coaching Service since its inception in the spring of 2016. STLF does not charge fees for its services and 100% of the agency's revenue is generated through donations. STLF's model is unique as no other non-profit organization in the United States provides grants specific to wilderness therapy and also provides a transitional support program.
"I wanted to send you, Sky's the Limit Fund, an e-mail to say that I am forever grateful for your help with my daughter's journey at (wilderness program). She graduated on January 3rd. It was an amazing experience and the program truly changed her life and mine as well. Your kind and generous support is sincerely appreciated. I hope ( I will! ) one day, to be in a position to help other families in need with the cost of wilderness therapy."
STLF received a $50 donation from a family with the following note: "This is only a tiny tiny gift I know, but it is just a way of saying we will never forget you, not a week goes by that I do not think of (the wilderness program) with gratitude and love. We would never have been able to offer our son this life-saving turn around experience had it not been for the incredible generosity of Sky's the Limit Fund and the matching funds from (the wilderness program)."
"I believe that wilderness therapy was incremental in changing the direction of my daughter's life. Recovery is a long process but this was the first step and a choice I would make again if necessary. Thank you to Sky's the Limit Fund for making it possible."
From a youth:
"I am so grateful you, STLF, saw how much I could gain from (the wilderness program) and helped me in such a gracious manner! Your help made an experience in which I learned who I am and how to love myself possible. The work you do in providing others with support to be able to go to such and incredible program is a God send. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you all the happiness. Thank you for helping me save my life."
"I am lost for words to describe the gratitude I feel for the kindness and generosity my family has received from your organization. So I come from the heart with this message of thanks to all people involved in supporting and operating STLF. The funds you provided for my son to attend wilderness therapy took his/our desperate situation and turned it into a most hopeful and optimistic one. The emotional support that I received provided much strength to my soul. STLF, you have invested in my son, and I am eternally thankful. He will give back to the world one day, as he has many gifts to offer, and your investment in his life and his future will never be forgotten."