Pastor’s Luncheon Tackles Los Angeles Child Welfare Crisis

Attendees knelt in prayer at the luncheon to ask for guidance in making a difference for children in Los Angeles County. At the end of January, 330 pastors and church leaders gathered at the Dream Center in Los Angeles to discuss the county’s out-of-control foster care crisis. The largest child welfare population in the country, more than 34,000 children are currently in the Los Angeles County system. The theme of this 2nd Annual Greater Los Angeles Pastor’s Luncheon was mobilizing...
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Grocery Partners Gather to Support Olive Crest Kids

Enjoying the gala, left to right: Jim Beauvais, SVP Marketing and Merchandising, Albertsons/Vons/ Pavilions; Lori Beauvais; Donald Verleur, CEO, Olive Crest; Hillary Verleur; Dr. Donald and Lois Verleur, Founders, Olive Crest; Bryan Kaltenbach, President, Food4Less; and Mary Kaltenbach. On February 9, over 300 food industry professionals with a heart for abused children gathered at the Grove in Anaheim for a remarkable Broadway-esque evening. This first Grocery Industry President’s Gala honored Bryan Kaltenbach (Food4Less), Mike Mortensen (Smart & Final), and Jim...
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A Special Valentine’s Day Treat for Olive Crest in Los Angeles

Did you have a Happy Valentine’s Day? We sure did! On that special day of love, our LA office received a welcome visit by members of the Cerritos High School National Honor Society, who created beautiful Valentine’s Day cards to encourage the children and families we serve. The result was dozens of happy smiles from our kids and families. Thanks to the Cerritos National Honor Society and all of you who share your love with us — not only on...
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Make this Easter one to remember for children in need.

Did you know some children have gone their whole lives without celebrating the joy of Easter? You can make a big difference for kids and families this spring by donating during our Easter basket drive for Olive Crest children and teens. We can only do it with the support of compassionate donors like you! Please drop off a pre-filled Easter basket (or baskets) at an Olive Crest location near you. Orange County 02/26/2019 - 04/12/2019 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m....
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Thank You for Thinking of Olive Crest Children and Families!

Left to right: Mike Fitch, Vice President at HUB International; Tim Bauer, Executive Director of Development of Olive Crest in Orange County; and Dominick Tomaino, Associate Vice President of Marketing at Zenith Insurance From longtime supporters of Olive Crest, like HUB International, to new friends like Zenith Insurance company, we are grateful to all who are thinking of at-risk children and families. Thank you to Mike Fitch, Vice President at HUB International Insurance, and Dominick Tomaino, Associate Vice President of...
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Teddy Bears Take Over a Soccer Game…All to Comfort Foster Children in the Pacific Northwest

How powerful is one teddy bear? On Saturday, January 12, many people in the Pacific Northwest found out when the Tacoma Stars indoor soccer team partnered with Spirit 105.3 to have a teddy bear toss benefitting Olive Crest foster families. And the results were downright heartwarming! It all started when the Tacoma Stars first got involved with Olive Crest in December through Spirit 105.3 by hosting foster families in a club level suite and offering discounted tickets. Spirit 105.3 then...
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Three Olive Crest Families Ride Aboard Newport Beach’s Grand Marshall Yacht

Sometimes, a special evening can last a lifetime in our memories, and what a time we’ll always remember as the Grand Marshall for the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! On Saturday, December 22, three Olive Crest foster families had the honor of riding aboard the beautiful Grand Marshall Yacht in the spirit of the night’s theme of “family fun.” They were joined by 100 Olive Crest staff capturing the very best view of the boat parade via Newport Beach...
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A Letter From an Olive Crest Kid — Diana Alvarez, Former Resident Teen

Diana with her boyfriend, Jorge, and Nicko the dog. It took me 25 years to finally be able to really, really appreciate Olive Crest. I hated the structure, the well-balanced meals, the grading system that determined our rewards and consequences…most of all, I resented the staff. I blamed them for everything! I know most of us kids shared more than being “in the system” in common. It was a much deeper connection and bond we had. We were all so...
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Kids and Families in Los Angeles are Thankful…for You!

The holiday season may officially be over, but we are still overflowing with gratitude for all the ways the Los Angeles community showed at-risk children and young adults that they are loved. From the youngest little one to the oldest teen and young adult, we pray that a sense of hope, love, and family is felt in the hearts and minds of all involved in this special kind of joy. Olive Crest in Los Angeles Holiday Party Thank you to...
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Countless Families were Blessed by Your Giving Over the Holidays!

No child deserves to feel unloved or forgotten on Christmas. So from giving a single gift to adopting an entire family, members of the Olive Crest community outdid themselves during the 2018 holiday season! Through our annual Be the Miracle campaign, thousands of toys, gift cards, and Christmas wishes were granted for Olive Crest kids and families. For example: In Los Angeles, 47 families in our Adopt-a-Family program received day-to-day necessities as well as gifts they otherwise would not have...
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