Kids and Teens are Ready for School, Thanks to Your Support!

Each year, donations of backpacks and school supplies help get kids on track for a successful school year. Michael Sullivan and Associates LLP not only cares about the law, they also care about supporting at-risk kids in their community. Thanks to them (and many more), our back-to-school drive in the Inland and Desert Communities was a success! They donated more than 30 backpacks filled with school supplies of every kind. This gave families the opportunity to spend more time focusing...
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Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care Gifted a Safe Space

Navigating life after foster care isn’t easy. When teens age out of the child welfare system, they often need more support than ever as they navigate learning how to live on their own, the stress of everyday adult life, and finding a safe place to call home. Thanks to your generosity, many Olive Crest teens (as well as any former foster youth) have the opportunity to apply for transitional housing. Through this program, they have a small apartment and receive...
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100 Teens Wrapped in Support This Summer

Staff from Olive Crest in the Inland and Desert Communities gather together to help support the teens they work with. Isolation, past abuse, and poor coping skills can be stressors that leave teens hanging in the balance and vulnerable to abuse during the summer months. And sometimes just a day away from the stress of everyday life to connect with other teens and mentors can make a world of difference. Thanks to caring community partners like The Grove Community Church,...
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Gimbel Foundation Helped Brianna Go to College!

Brianna, one of our Olive Crest teens, is now stretching her wings all the way to San Francisco State University! Having graduated from her local community college, where she received scholarship support through the Gimbel Foundation, Brianna is a shining example of what can be accomplished through Olive Crest’s program for transitional-aged youth. Rose Welch, Lead Independent Living Skills Coach, says, “Brianna has a wonderful spirit and has taken the tools learned, and sowed these in herself and other clients....
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110 Families Get Ready to Help Foster and Adoptive Children

From the Olive Crest team at Wait No More: Thank you to everyone who came to the event to support children and families! So many children still need forever homes—and this past May, at a very special event, 110 families took the first steps toward fostering or adopting a child, or to support families getting involved. Focus on the Family hosts the Wait No More event, which was held on May 18 this year at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside,...
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A Magical Evening of Hope for Olive Crest Kids and Families

On May 2, Jones Day in Los Angeles hosted A Magical Evening of Hope benefitting the children and families of our Olive Crest community, which raised more than $68,000. It was truly a magical night of mingling and enjoying unreal views of downtown from Jones Day’s suite as well as entertainment provided by Los Angeles’ most skilled illusionists. Guests also learned more about how to get involved in stopping child abuse and how its prevention can dramatically impact issues in...
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Grocery Shoppers Donate More Than $200,000 to Stop Child Abuse

From April 1–12, our partners at Food4Less and Foods Co. raised awareness and funds to support Olive Crest through our Child Abuse Stops Here® campaign. Customers were given the opportunity to donate at checkout to help abused children find safe, loving homes. Nearly $202,000 was raised through the generosity and compassion of our local community members. This will mean hundreds of children’s lives will be transformed, and the cycle of abuse will be broken. Thank you to our partners and...
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Social Media Influencer Laura Izumikawa Helps Gain More Support for Olive Crest

Laura, shown here with her little ones, uses her creativity to make a difference in her community. On Saturday, June 1, Laura Izumikawa, social media phenom, author, and mother of two, hosted her 2nd annual Playdate Project event benefitting Olive Crest at the Southern California Children’s Museum. Reaching out to her 660,000 followers on Instagram, Laura invited folks to sign up for this year’s event. Dozens of families and their guests, as well as over 40 stylish vendors of child...
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Wine Women & Shoes Event Raises Over $170,000 for Abused and Neglected Children and Families in Crisis

Among the guests and staff were (left to right) Carrie Brock, Trustee; Kyle Houlton, Associate Director of Development; Tim Bauer, Executive Director of Development; and Kristina Morales, Trustee (all with Olive Crest in Orange County). On the evening of Friday, April 12, more than 400 guests packed the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort for an evening of fashion and philanthropy. The occasion was Olive Crest in Orange County’s first ever Wine Women & Shoes fundraising event. The ladies enjoyed shopping, wine-tasting,...
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A Strong Family Transforms Six Precious Lives

Summer has always been a special season for Scott and Aubrey, who met at a Christian summer camp when they were teenagers.  Fast forward a few years — they still make the most of the summer months now with their six adopted children. None of these kids got off to a good start in life, but you wouldn’t know it when you see how happy they are now. Siblings Angelina and Jameson (ages 13 and 12) were abandoned at a...
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