COVID-19 Parent/Guardian FAQs

During these uncertain times, many parents and guardians are in search of the best ways to help kids and adults deal with stress and anxiety. To better support our community, we've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and responded with practical ways parents and guardians can set their children, families, and yes, even themselves, up for success. Look for symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. Clean and disinfect door handles, toys, electronics, counters, and other...
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Nearly 2,000 Families Line Up for Drive-Thru Grocery Donations During the COVID-19 Crisis

In times like these—when workers are being laid-off and children no longer have school lunches—it can be uncertain where a family’s next meal will come from. That’s why on March 26, cars were lined up for blocks to get into the parking lot at Olive Crest in Orange County—all filled with families hoping to pick up groceries generously donated by supporters.      Retailers in the grocery industry are regular supporters of Olive Crest—and they generously stepped up to donate...
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Community of Churches Work Together to Support At-Risk Children and Youth

Support for Olive Crest children and families goes a long, long way. Transforming lives comes in all shapes and forms, from helping at-risk kids directly to supporting them indirectly through undergirding volunteer families and resource families when they take them in. All of this ensures that Olive Crest kids not only have safe and loving homes, but stable, loving homes. It truly takes a village to raise and support children. And stability and permanency are key factors in minimizing the...
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Compassionate 10-Year-Old Donates His Birthday Gifts to Olive Crest Kids

Opening your home to children in need as a foster family or safe family can bless children and parents alike: like Jesse and Shannon Thompson who learned about becoming a Safe Family for at-risk children from another host family at their local home school group. Through Olive Crest’s Safe Families for Children program (SFFC), parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children (newborn through 18 years) to stay with Safe Families for Children volunteers while they address the...
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22 new bicycles donated for Olive Crest young adults

It's such a blessing to see how connections bring so many unexpected blessings to Olive Crest children and young adults. Here’s just one example . . . Together We Rise is an organization committed to improving the lives of children in foster care. They do this by collaborating with individuals, companies, and community partners who are willing to share their resources. Recently, Together We Rise donated 22 new bicycles to Olive Crest. These bikes will be a great help to...
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Jenny was desperately seeking safety: “I ran away from home for the first time when I was nine”

13-year-old Jenny (second from left) and her Olive Crest housemates One of Jenny’s earliest memories was going into her parents’ room and discovering her dad beating her mother. “He had her down on the floor and was pounding her with his fists,” Jenny recalls. “Her face was all bloody.” When Jenny’s parents divorced, things didn’t get much better. Jenny and her sister stayed with their mother. “She was a mean drunk,” Jenny remembers. Desperately seeking safety Home was not a safe...
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Safe Families for Children Dinner raises $150,000 to keep families together

Sadly, with the changing economy, many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment or homelessness. Others are dealing with family violence, parental drug and/or alcohol abuse, illness, or incarceration. During such crises, many parents are not capable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children. Today, many families are socially isolated and their extended family is non-existent or not available. The children in a family traumatized by crisis become especially at risk for neglect or abuse as their...
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The Power of One Community Luncheon Raises $20,000 to Meet the Needs of Orange County’s Children in Crisis

Keynote speaker, Jason Weber, the National Director of Foster Initiatives for CAFO speaks on “Moving the Barn.” Each year, The Power of One “friend-raising” event through Olive Crest in Orange County highlights the importance of coming together to end the foster care crisis in our communities. And this year was no exception. On October 16, 320 guests joined Olive Crest CEO Donald Verleur and staff in honoring Saddleback Church, Ingram Micro, and Olive Crest adoptive parents Scott and Aubrey Ashford...
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Olive Crest Teens Develop Meaningful Connections Through Consistent Volunteer Chaplains*

Volunteer chaplains make a difference through teens by building their faith—and having fun, too, at events like a Hair Cuts and Salon Day. Chaplain Frank Fried has been helping kids and teens at Olive Crest for more than 30 years—and shares how volunteer chaplains can make a huge difference: For the last couple of years, God has used one of our Orange County volunteer chaplains to make a huge impact in the lives of six teen girls: young girls who...
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200 Bikers Ride Through Los Angeles to Take a Stand Against Child Abuse

200 riders arrived at Paramount Ranch after driving from Bartel’s Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey. Everyone can do something to stop child abuse. What’s your something? Last month, more than 200 riders took to the streets of Los Angeles to raise awareness and funds to end child abuse in their community. And it was a powerful sight to see. (Last year, 50 riders participated.) The police-escorted ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey to Paramount Ranch raised a little...
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