Ride ’em, Cowgirls and Cowboys! Bikes, That Is!

[caption id="attachment_8146" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Breakaway Cycling helped put on a bike rodeo for foster kids — and everyone even won a brand new bike![/caption]   On April 14, Olive Crest teamed up with another Las Vegas non-profit, Breakaway Cycling, to put on a “Bike Rodeo” for our foster kids. We invited other local foster care agencies to join in the fun, and more than 30 kids came to participate. What they didn't know was that Breakaway Cycling had a big...
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Change a Child’s Life: Be a Mentor

Here’s a great way to help end the cycle of abuse, homelessness, and re-entry into the child welfare system: Become an Olive Crest mentor. Our staff will provide training and guidance to help you support the vulnerable children and families we serve. Interested mentors simply attend an orientation meeting to learn more about Olive Crest and volunteer opportunities. Following this meeting, each potential mentor is required to complete a two-hour training session. For more information, please contact Nick King at...
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Las Vegas 51’s Play Ball with Olive Crest

Well, we're not literally playing ball with our great Las Vegas baseball team, but we sure have a winning partnership. Back in February, Mark Wiley, Olive Crest Board President, along with staff at our Nevada office — Rebecca Sheldon, Director of Development, and Angela Berdan, Community Involvement Coordinator — were privileged to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the spectacular new 51's stadium being built in Summerlin. And on May 11, “Olive Crest Night” was celebrated at the 51s game versus...
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13 High School Students Get Free Senior Portraits, Thanks to Danie Henry Photography!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thirteen Olive Crest teens in Los Angeles recently grasped the opportunity to receive free graduation portraits. Danie Henry Photography provided photographers and refreshments for the families. The students had their portraits taken in April. Danie Henry learned about the Safe Families for Children program from a prior service project in Kansas City. Once she decided to give back to graduating seniors, she knew Safe Families was the perfect place to turn. Her desire to give made her decision to work...
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Savers Hosts a Donation Day for Our Inland Communities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On April 7, Savers in Riverside hosted a donation day for our Family Preservation program participants. Savers arranged games and prizes, in addition to donating furniture and clothing to families in need. Savers allowed the attending families to shop in a section where the furniture items were held, then they shopped the store at large for clothing. Thank you very much to Savers for all of their help and generous contributions, and a special thank you to the manager Rachel,...
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Olive Crest Family Hits Another Milestone

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the past 10 years, the Melvards have been licensed foster parents with Olive Crest in the Pacific Northwest…and they have just said yes to their 200th placement. The Melvards are an excellent example of relentless love and pursuit of the vulnerable. For many years, they longed for a bigger home for the simple reason that they hoped to have the opportunity to bring in more children. That goal was achieved this past year, and the Melvards now have a...
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Eagle Scout Builds Pergola for Olive Crest

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An Eagle Scout named Brach recently led and funded an initiative to build a pergola in the backyard of an Olive Crest group home. This beautiful pergola was completed with furniture. Our group homes provide a safe and nurturing environment for many of our children and teenagers. Brach collected funds for this project through his personal network and his family. It took about five months for him to gather the resources needed to build the pergola, and then the construction...
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Caregiver Training with a Twist

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Olive Crest in the Pacific Northwest recently hosted a training with a special bonus included. Many kind volunteers prepared lunches for those attending the training session. One particular volunteer works hard to make her meal special in hopes of encouraging the attending families to consider becoming foster parents. This is the second time this volunteer has offered her meals in this training. After delivering her meals, she stays for lunch to speak to and encourage the couples who plan to...
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Your Support Helped Kayla in Her Journey Toward Independence

This month, Olive Crest in the Desert Communities celebrated Kayla, who just turned 21 and has successfully transitioned beyond our program for teenagers and young adults. She entered one of our programs more than two years ago and recently graduated into a completely independent living arrangement. Kayla has now maintained a job for over one year. Through our program, she gained valuable independent living skills, ranging from building credit, managing a savings account, and learning how to earn her driver’s...
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First Annual Foster Family Day at the Farm

Olive Crest kids and families in the Pacific Northwest definitely had a memorable Spring Break this year! Many children attended our very First Annual Foster Family Day at the Farm, hosted by the generous owners of Raspberry Ridge Farm in Poulsbo, Washington. This exclusive day of fun was open only to the foster families of Olive Crest. The kids were overwhelmed with farm activities to choose from, including hay rides, animal petting, a scavenger hunt, face painting, and games. Volunteers...
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