Teacher Adopts Student through Olive Crest

  James was removed from the only home he had ever known and placed into the foster care system at the age of 8. Once in “the system” he was placed in one home after another. And so it went for this little boy until the hope of finding a real home, a safe home, a forever home seemed like a farfetched dream. Despite the constant shuffling, James did have one constant–his teacher, Mrs. Smith.   James would often spend...
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Kitsap teen is beating the odds

  Angelica wants to be a hairdresser someday. But due to a life of turmoil that led her into foster care, Angelica’s literacy skills were extremely low, making it very hard for her to succeed academically.   Upon entering Olive Crest’s program for older foster youth, Angelica was matched with a staff mentor. She worked closely with her mentor to improve her literacy. Olive Crest also provided Angelica with a laptop when the pandemic hit and school moved online.   Many foster...
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Teen mother finds refuge with Safe Families

"I left in a thin pair of pants, a t-shirt, and a pair of flats in the snow, with my baby bundled up in his car seat and his diaper bag.”   Amanda was only a teenager when she found herself fleeing an abusive relationship with her six-month-old baby. Without a stable place to go, Amanda needed help.   Through a mentor from church, Amanda learned about Olive Crest's Safe Families program. Amanda contacted Safe Families and she and her son were placed...
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Young widow turns to Olive Crest’s Safe Families

“Abby, my daughter, was with the Safe Family for 43 days while I looked for housing and her father lay in the hospital dying” - Angelic Angelic was living out of her car with her daughter while her husband was in the hospital.  When parents like Angelic have nowhere else to turn, Safe Families is there for them. Safe Families provides a loving home for children when a family is in crisis. It gives parents a chance to get back on their feet,...
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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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