Supporters Make All the Difference

Teens had fun with makeup donated by Point Hope this past year, along with their generous donation of water bottles, which were given to our kids for school. Everyone supporting the kids and teens at Olive Crest helps transform lives! Today, we’d like to send special thanks to Delilah, host of the “Lights Out with Delilah” radio show in the Pacific Northwest, and her foundation, Point Hope, which focuses on foster care. This past year, kids and teens at Olive...
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Thank You for Putting Big Smiles on Little Faces

All of us at Olive Crest are so grateful for donors like you who put smiles on kids’ faces! We’re giving a special shout-out to Food Finders and Bellflower Brethren Church for their time and generosity. Thanks to these generous folks, Olive Crest families will now have access to free nutritious food on a weekly basis. Food Finders – an organization that links donated food to pantries and shelters in order to bridge the hunger gap in our communities –...
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You Helped Provide 200 New Backpacks to Kids Like Jose and Alonso

The generosity of Lennar Las Vegas Homes and all our other backpack donors made 200 kids happy with new backpacks.   School supplies, shoes, and brand new backpacks are the stuff of a great new school year. But many Olive Crest kids have never had these basics. That all changed this August when 200 backpacks were given out, putting big smiles on small faces. Jose says, “Thanks for giving me the shoes and backpack. I am happy that I can...
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Let’s Hear It for the Ambassador for the Children Award Winners!

  Mickie Sharp-Villanueva and Dave Grosse from The Performance Group have been selected as the 2018 Ambassador for the Children award recipients.  These outstanding individuals were honored at our recent An Education for Every Child luncheon, where they were praised for their “strong servant leadership and selfless dedication to Olive Crest and the families that are supported.” Their personal investments and service for over 20 years has greatly impacted the children and families we serve. Thank you, Dave and Mickie! What...
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Thanks to You, Brand New Backpacks Prepared At-Risk Kids for School in the Pacific Northwest

How can you tell when your backpack drive is a success? When you see the smiling faces of the kids who’ll proudly be sporting them back to school. You truly outdid yourselves with your support this year. There was such a great variety that every child was able to find a perfect backpack. And inside each backpack were all the supplies needed to get the school year off to a great start! Backpacks were distributed to the community and at our annual picnic, where...
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Donors and Volunteers Make All the Difference

A big thank you to Foodfinders and Bellflower Brethren Church for their time and generosity! Olive Crest families will be provided with food on a weekly basis because Foodfinders connected us with Whole Foods 365 in Long Beach and Sprouts in Lakewood. Basic needs such as food are essential to improving lives! Bellflower Brethren Church provided 10 volunteers, who helped clean our gift room and repaint the child care room. Our child care room is used while parents are in...
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Donations and Volunteers Give Teens a Remodeled Group Home!

A while back we shared with you that the teens in one of our Orange County group homes would be getting a home makeover, thanks to Michael Sullivan and Associates Law Firm and Impressions Contracting. The renovation has been completed, and it looks fantastic! The updated home now provides a fresh, productive, home-like environment for our kids to live in. It’s quite encouraging to have a clean, refreshed space to live in. Thank you to our very generous donors for...
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Thank You to Our New Mentors in Los Angeles!

Young adults at Olive Crest now have five new mentors to teach them independent living skills and help coach them. Right before summer, we had our first mentoring orientation for anyone interested in helping our young adults – and afterward, all five people signed up! What a great way to help end the cycle of abuse, homelessness, and re-entry into the child welfare system. Our kids and teens learn so much from our mentors! If you’d like to be a...
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Kids and Teens in Orange County Enjoy a Day Out

On Saturday, June 23, more than 1,000 kids and teens from Olive Crest had the chance to enjoy a summer outing during the Summer of Hope event. Over 20 churches throughout Orange County partnered together to put on this exciting event at The Source Mall in Buena Park. A concert featured a finalist from “The Voice” and a few R&B artists, and kids even heard a talk from Super Bowl champion Anthony Madison. What a fun day for our youth!...
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Olive Crest Kids Set Sail to Learn New Skills

Fifteen Olive Crest young adults enjoyed a day on the water around Redondo Beach, California, in early June. The young sailors had a chance to learn to kayak, and use sailboats and power boats, while also learning about the ocean and sea lions. Each Olive Crest program chose three members to participate in these fun outdoor activities. It makes a difference in young lives to take a break and learn some fun, new skills! Thank you to our many generous donors...
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