Foster Families Benefit from This Year’s Wine Women & Shoes Event in the Pacific Northwest

Foster Families Benefit from This Year’s Wine Women & Shoes Event in the Pacific Northwest

November’s Wine Women & Shoes event featured a “Rags to Riches” theme.

Olive Crest’s fifth annual Wine Women & Shoes event was held on Friday, November 9, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. More than 300 guests attended and helped raise over $243,000 for Olive Crest’s foster care programs. The glamorous evening consisted of shopping at eight marketplace vendors, tasting wines from our wine partners, enjoying a fashion show, and bidding on silent and live auction packages. They also participated in our “Key to the Closet” raffle relating to this year’s “Rags to Riches” theme inspired by Cinderella. Thank you to all who made this event special and supported foster families throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Children in Need to Benefit from Safe Families for Children Dinner

Children in Need to Benefit from Safe Families for Children DinnerChildren in need will benefit from all the funds raised at the latest Safe Families for Children Dinner, thanks to California Credit Union, who sponsored the dinner.

Safe Families for Children helps provide temporary homes for children while parents address issues that led to instability in their lives. This fall, more than $176,000 was raised for the program when the annual Safe Families for Children Dinner was held at the beautiful Santa Ana Country Club. That’s a record for the annual event, as were the nearly 200 tickets sold! Guests enjoyed a delicious meal in elegant surroundings and learned about the work that Safe Families for Children does in our community.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who attended and to the California Credit Union, who sponsored the dinner so that all money raised could go directly to help children in need.

It’s Easy to Support Kids and Families!

It’s Easy to Support Kids and Families!

Here’s a great way to make your grocery shopping easier and support Olive Crest at the same time: Buy a reusable Olive Crest bag at your favorite store. The bags are now offered at Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, Northgate Markets, Gelson’s, and Numero Uno — and 8 cents from each bag purchased is donated directly back to Olive Crest.

It’s a great way to support Olive Crest’s work in your community. Look for the Olive Crest bags in your neighborhood store, and help us move toward our goal of ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

Diapers, Wipes, and More Will Help Kids and Families in the Pacific Northwest

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[Heather Wood, co-owner of Woodwork Tattoo and Gallery, with some hygiene drive items.]

Sometimes, Olive Crest families need help with basic everyday items. That’s why we’re so grateful that Woodwork Tattoo and Gallery in Bremerton hosted a hygiene drive to benefit our kids and families in the West Sound area. Woodwork collected nearly $700 worth of diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, brushes, and other items to assist Olive Crest families. All those who dropped off supplies were eligible to enter a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate from the shop.

It all started when the shop co-owner, Heather, got to know an Olive Crest foster family. We now have a solid partnership with her and Woodwork, and she plans to host other drives for us throughout the year. They will be doing Christmas gifts, as well.  A hearty thanks to Heather, her crew, and everyone who donated!

Families Receive Help with Monthly Groceries

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We are so grateful for loyal donors who give generously to help Olive Crest continue to change the lives of at-risk children and families. We want to send out a special thank you to Sri, an Orange County resident who has committed to donating 50 25-pound boxes of groceries every month, to help families in our programs for relative caregivers and those receiving family crisis intervention in Orange County. That’s 1,000 pounds of groceries a month, and that’s no small potatoes!  Thank you, Sri, for your generous, caring heart!

Teens and Young Adults Step Into Their Remodeled Residential Home

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Left to right: Tim Bauer, Executive Director of Development, Olive Crest in Orange County; Tim Mustard, TCA Architects; Bill Wilhelm (President, R.D. Olson Construction; Kerri Dunkelberger, Executive Director, Olive Crest in Orange County; Steven Barnardy, Trustee President Emeritus, Olive Crest, Orange County; Dave Furman, Project Manager, R.D. Olson Construction.


Young adults at Olive Crest residential homes deserve living conditions where they can feel at home. That’s why one of our short-term therapeutic residential homes in Orange County has undergone a breathtaking transformation. The home, which was built in 1954, now has a spacious kitchen and living area, along with new flooring and appliances, a top-quality water heater, air conditioning, and more. The makeover was made possible by Tim Mustard, an Olive Crest trustee and architect with TCA Architects, R.D. Olson Construction in Irvine, and local contractors. A special thanks to everyone involved, including Tim Mustard; Bill Wilhelm; and Dave Furman, President and Project Manager of R.D. Olson Construction.

Smart & Final Shows Compassion for At-Risk Kids and Families

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You probably already know that Smart & Final is a great place to shop for quality groceries at great prices. But did you know that the company’s management and employees care very much about the children and families in the communities they serve? Case in point, this summer they presented a $400,000 check to Olive Crest from their most recent in-store mobile campaign! This fantastic donation will greatly impact the children and families of Olive Crest. We can’t thank Smart & Final enough for their passion and contribution to the ongoing fight against child abuse.


Families and Children Now Visit in a Special “Family Room”

Olive Crest in Orange County recently opened its “family room,” where we provide supervised and monitored visitation services for families with children in foster care. Since this program started, 100 families have been served every week, and our desire with the family room is to provide a fun, friendly place where parents can develop their skills as they seek to reunify with their children.

The facility was designed to meet the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma. Neutral colors and comfortable furniture provide a calming effect for children and their parents. We have limited our center to five families at a time to limit noise, and keep things as calm and pleasant as possible. The room is divided into five separate settings with furniture, toys, games, and activities. We also have a room for monitored visitation, where one family at a time can visit peacefully.

The work of reunification reaches well beyond the length of these visits, and we consider it a privilege to coach mothers and fathers as they develop their parenting skills.

Your support helped make the family room a reality. Thank you!


Thank You for a Successful Golf Tournament…and a New Program in 2019!

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Every year, Olive Crest hosts a golf tournament at the beautiful Golf Club at Newcastle in Washington State — it’s a great day of fun that raises thousands of dollars to help abused, neglected, and hurting children. This year, attendees learned about a new partnership for Olive Crest called the Bridge Receiving Center. Starting in January 2019, this center will offer a warm, welcoming place for boys age 6 to 10 in the Pacific Northwest who are about to enter the child welfare system and will give Olive Crest staff some time to find a loving, safe home the children lingering in social work offices or staying in motel rooms during that traumatic transition.

Thanks to this successful Annual Golf Tournament, more than $58,000 was raised to help children and families! Thank you, volunteers and sponsors, for making this such a huge success for our kids!

Baseball Players’ Wives Prove They’re Angels, Too!

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Rhonda Tagge, National Development Director (left), with the team of Angels wives who helped revamp child care rooms for Olive Crest in Orange County.

Let’s hear a rousing cheer for the “Angels Wives Team”!  These gracious ladies recently came to our office in Orange County and spent hours redecorating our therapy and child care rooms. They did a wonderful job making both spaces feel more homey and cheerful; they will be a blessing for the kids who come here. A special thanks to Mariel Perez for heading up the project, along with all the rest of the Los Angeles Angels wives crew! Thank you for showing that your husbands are not the only Angels in town!