Young Adults Start on a Path Toward Financial Independence

Young adults who are at-risk often do not have families to teach them about handling their finances. Fortunately, many young adults at Olive Crest actually saved several thousands of dollars for their accounts through lessons made available by the United Way and the Assistance League of Temecula. Annually, our young adults getting life skills training take a six-week course on financial literacy, budgeting, and savings. The classes were offered by the United Way, and additional support was provided by Assistance...
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Inland Empire Teens Enjoy New Activities—and New Opportunities for Growth

Every day, at-risk kids and teens get the support they need through counseling, safety, and more…because of your support. New activities can play a part in healing, as well—and some of our group home teens have been tapping into their creative side by writing and putting together their own newsletter, The Olive Crest Press. The articles share their learning adventures—as well as some insights they have gathered along the way. One young man wrote about a mountain trip, saying, “The...
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A Loving Home Makes School Success Possible: Danielle’s Story

  Danielle and her adoptive mom. It won’t be long before children across the United States head back to school. Most of them will be excited about showing off their new clothes, saying hello to old friends, and meeting their new teachers. But it’s an entirely different story for children who have been abused, neglected, or mistreated in other ways. These children don’t look forward to the start of school because they fear another year of struggle and failure. Kids...
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Foster Children Benefit from Book Drive

Reading to children helps greatly in developing their communication and language skills, and also helps heal the lives of at-risk children. Recently, a successful book drive in the Pacific Northwest brought these gifts to Olive Crest foster children. Between individual donors and a donation matching program through Usborne Books & More, children were blessed by $1,800 worth in books. There was also a book drive hosted by Newlife Church (Central Kitsap Campus). A wish list based on the typical ages...
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Making it Easier for Staff to Get Children and Families What They Need

The gift-in-kind room that houses donations at one of the Olive Crest offices in the Pacific Northwest has been revamped, making it even easier for staff to choose items for children and families in need. Eastlake Community Church generously provided a contractor and interior designer to develop the process. Components such as lighting, shelving, and bins are just a few improvements that were donated by the church to make this space more delightful. Additionally, a team of 20 volunteers from...
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Teens Hit the Graduation Milestone!

Kids and teens who are abused and neglected can’t focus on doing well in school — they are just fighting to survive. For some, though, this year is different. They’re graduating — a success they never would have reached without your help. Chaplain Frank Fried shared some words on the success of these new graduates: What an immense privilege to be a part of this important time of life for the many Olive Crest youth who are in the high...
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Three Cheers for Josh! A Life Transformed

Hats off to Josh, who recently enrolled at Cal State Fullerton. Josh, a graduate of our program for young adults coming out of the child welfare system, is gifted in the creative arts, and is looking forward to his upcoming career. Knowing Josh as we do, we’re expecting great things from him. Josh came to Olive Crest in May of 2014 and worked hard for four years before exiting this past April. That’s when he enrolled in two university-level summer...
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Teens and Young Adults Get a Group Home Kitchen Makeover

Our kids and young adults in group homes deserve better than “run-of-the-mill.” That’s why we’re so happy about an astounding $15,000 contribution from Michael Sullivan and Associates Law Firm going toward a complete kitchen remodel in one of our Orange County group homes. The older and worn kitchen will receive new cabinets, a new sink, opened-up walls, a raised ceiling, and more, thanks to Impressions Contracting. Eventually, we hope to further enhance the quality of this group home with furniture...
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You Make the World a Better Place

Your support of Olive Crest helps children and families in so many ways. A woman named Grace came to us to find out more about our free tutoring program. She had just learned that her daughter, Nathalie, was going to be placed in a special education class on the other side of town. Grace fought hard to have Nathalie placed in a school closer to home — and Nathalie is now doing better than ever in a nearby school. She...
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The Old West was Never This Much Fun!

What do you get when you mix a western theme with 700 men, women, and children filling the Gold Rush Camp at Knott’s Berry Farm? You get a high-energy, rootin’-tootin’ celebration for Olive Crest's foster and adoptive families! On Saturday, May 5, nearly 200 families came together from our Inland Communities, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties, as Olive Crest expressed appreciation to them for their compassionate hearts and dedication to the children in our communities....
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