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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Night in Tuscany Raises $93,000 to Address the Family Crisis in Riverside County

Classical Pianist, music education advocate, and inspirational speaker Alpin Hong serenades Night in Tuscany guests There are approximately 4,000 children in the Riverside county child welfare system: children removed from their families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment…who need love, consistency, commitment, and loving forever homes. At a recent event for Olive Crest in the Inland and Desert Communities, called A Night in Tuscany, this was the imperative keynote: Children and families in crisis need community resources, child abuse prevention,...
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians help fund therapeutic staff for at-risk teens

When young adults age out of the foster care system without support, they often face bleak futures, vulnerable to homelessness, unemployment, sex trafficking or drug abuse. Olive Crest’s Operation Independence Transitional Housing Program provides these young adults with a safe place to call home while also providing training and resources to help these young adults develop the skills, connections, and direction they need to function as fully successful, independent adults. One of our young adults recently graduated and continues to...
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Southern California Edison Employees Cook Off to Support At-Risk Kids

Olive Crest in Los Angeles Community Involvement Coordinator Nick King discusses the Fall Fest event with employees at Southern California Edison. Each year, the Fall Festival at Olive Crest in Los Angeles helps children and families celebrate Halloween. During the time of year when kids and teens often go to extravagant events, parties, and theme parks, this festival (of games, prizes, and family-friendly entertainment) allows Olive Crest families to make special memories in a safe environment and without a financial...
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Compassion Overflows at the 19th Annual Gala Auction in the Pacific Northwest

In May, Olive Crest’s 19th Annual Gala Auction in Seattle raised over $332,000! About 400 guests enjoyed the beautiful view of Lake Washington at the Hyatt Regency at Seattle Southport, a silent auction, and gourmet dinner. Each year, the gala ensures that we can fund much-needed services for families, like extracurricular activities, extra meals, and other support services. Thank you to all the guests and sponsors at this event! Get To Know Us | Get Involved | Give

Foster Parents at Olive Crest in Nevada Enjoy a Special Day

Foster parents gathered for a day of self-care especially for them. This summer, Olive Crest children enjoyed an afternoon together, playing and doing arts and crafts while their foster parents were treated to a fully hosted luncheon at Mezzo Bistro and Wine in Las Vegas. These types of special events allow the parents to have a well-deserved break for a few hours to enjoy some self-care. Get To Know Us | Get Involved | Give

A Forever Family for Ruby

  For Ruby, memories of a childhood home were a vacant house her parents broke into. “It was not the kind of place where anyone should live,” said Ruby. A heartbreaking childhood Ruby survived on things like sour milk. She slept on a mattress on the floor, without sheets or anything to cover her when nights were cold. Her parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol, so she was often fending for herself. By the time Ruby was 6 years...
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