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

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...
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Families Receive Help with Monthly Groceries

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...
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Teens and Young Adults Step Into Their Remodeled Residential Home

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...
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A Calling, a Family, and a Special Boy

Hadley Pinnow had never been more certain. The first time she saw Hunter, she knew she wanted to adopt him into her family. Hunter has severe cerebral palsy and has spent most of his life in a wheelchair. His situation was even worse because he was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy — a condition in which someone creates medical problems for a person in their care (in this case, Hunter) in order to gain sympathy and support from...
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Smart & Final Shows Compassion for At-Risk Kids and Families

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

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

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...
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Grace Volunteers by Sharing the Joy of Dance!

  Grace, a young dancer, is using her dance skills to help bring joy to Olive Crest kids.  The 12-year-old has been volunteering at Olive Crest since she was 7 and recently taught a dance class for some of the kids at Olive Crest in Orange County. Offering these kids an opportunity to get out, have fun, and learn something new has made such a difference in their lives. “I love them all,” Grace says. She adds that she also...
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Olive Crest Kids Take to the Sea!

Harbour Rod and Reel Club, a Huntington Harbor-based group whose members encourage the art of angling with rod, reel, and line, recently took a group of Olive Crest kids out on the water for a day of fishing, camaraderie, and fun. The group took off from Dana Point, which for many on board, was a first-time ocean experience. The boys learned basic technique, good sportsmanship, and teamwork from the experienced fishermen, while enjoying the fresh air and exhilaration of reeling...
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