“Food for Thought” Prepares Young Adults for the Future

Several times over the past year, Olive Crest’s Chaplaincy program* has worked to hold periodic “Food for Thought” meetings with young adults ages 18 to 22 preparing for life as self-sufficient adults.  They are invited to dinner and discussion about a topic related to successful independent living (e.g., anger management, dating, honesty/integrity, school shooting, finances). It is amazing to see young adults open up about their dreams, values, fears and plans for the future.  Without fail, the group offers great...
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Keeping Kids and Families Healthy…and Safe

Children and families not only need tools and resources to survive…but to thrive! So on March 30, Olive Crest in the Inland and Desert Communities had the pleasure of hosting their first ever Health and Safety Day at Perris High School. This event was open to all Olive Crest families, and each age group went through a series of three health and safety classes. Families learned about anything ranging from Internet safety (with a district attorney) to meal prepping. Instructors...
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Church Goes Above and Beyond to Bless Foster Children in the Pacific Northwest This Spring

It is through the continued support of ministries, organizations, and kind businesses that Olive Crest can bring hope, love, and safety to so many children in need. We’d like to send a very big thank you to Crossroads Bible Church in the Pacific Northwest for putting together more than 100 Easter baskets for Olive Crest foster children. They have so kindly supported Olive Crest children and families for five years now through numerous holiday and backpack drives. And we are...
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Thank You to Everyone in the Inland and Desert Communities Who Helped Make Easter Special!

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors this Easter, who made it possible for every one of our kiddos in the Inland and Desert Communities to get an Easter basket (more than 439, to be exact). All of the Easter baskets were brought to us assembled by our community partners, which made this an extra special outpouring of love and support. Thank you to Waxie, Wells Fargo, Michael Sullivan and Associates, Summit Water of Life, Sandals Church, and...
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Volunteers Make All the Difference for Kids in Crisis

Thanks to volunteers at Eastside Church, our group homes and Olive Crest Academy now feel even more welcoming to kids and teens. On March 9, more than 75 volunteers from Eastside Church spent an entire day sprucing up Olive Crest Academy and our teen group homes. They painted, replaced artwork and banners, and repaired rain damage at the Academy. The team also installed new closets at one of our other properties. These improvements and repairs will help our teens and...
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Orange Theory “Pumps Up” Students to Work Out in Style

Orange Theory Fitness has donated weightlifting benches, balance trainers, medicine balls, and much more to the weight room for high school students at Olive Crest Academy in Orange County. The students are “pumped” to have up-to-date equipment, so they can train for upcoming sporting events. Empowering abused and neglected kids to become emotionally and physically whole is priceless. Thanks, Orange Theory Fitness, for seeing the potential in our kids!

“Thank You for Helping to Change the Course of My Life.”

At 24 years of age, Helen is one of those amazing people who seems to have it all. She is bright, happily married, and is starting her own business. And she’s a gifted artist — a talent that seems to come naturally to her. Spend a little time with her, and you’re bound to come away asking yourself, “Is there anything this young woman can’t do?” And yet, there was a time when she felt like she couldn’t do anything....
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More Help for Young Adults is on the Way

Our West Sound office in the Pacific Northwest will soon launch a residential housing model for our Independent Living Services program. This transitional housing program will benefit young adults from 18 to 21, who are transitioning from the system to living independently. During their stay, they will build independent living skills, establish employment and educational goals, and work toward sustainability. The goal of the program is to help these young men and women develop the skills and achieve the income...
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What a Blessing for Our Olive Crest Boys!

Our Riverside group homes have been greatly blessed, as four area churches have agreed to adopt one of the homes! Once a month, each church group attends dinner and an evening of fellowship with the boys, who have grown to eagerly await this time of community. Dinner, playing board games, and basketball are just some of the fun activities enjoyed by all. Bonding in a positive atmosphere with caring people goes a long way to help kids heal. Thank you...
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Volunteering in Orange County is Easier with VolunteerHub

We’re excited to announce VolunteerHub, a new way to easily find and sign up for all upcoming volunteer opportunities at Olive Crest. You can be a childcare volunteer to support our foster and kinship families, be a guest speaker encouraging teens aging out of the child welfare system at one of our workshops, become a mentor, and so much more! It’s easy to sign up. Just click here. We look forward to seeing you here at Olive Crest!