Tommy Bahama event raises $190,000 to help provide families for kids

Soleil, who is a part of Olive Crest’s programs, next to her original artwork, which went up for auction. For the 20th consecutive year, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Store put on its annual Pacific Coast Classic Dinner and Golf Tournament to benefit Olive Crest. The dinner, hosted at Tommy Bahama’s fabulously remodeled coastal location in Newport Beach, featured a live auction and an immersive experience giving guests an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a teen aging out of...
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Hundreds “Pick a Purse” and Help Stop Child Abuse

Last month, more than 450 women and men from the grocery industry came together to support Olive Crest children and families. They enjoyed an afternoon filled with hundreds of purses, raffle prizes, and accessories up for grabs for a great cause: Olive Crest Food Industry’s 2nd Annual Pick-a-Purse event! Beyond the fun and excitement of picking out a purse to take home, there was a strong reminder of the why behind this event. The testimonial from a young woman named...
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A Night of Bowling and a Priceless Time for Foster Families to Connect

Developing meaningful relationships can be one of the most challenging aspects of being in the child welfare system. It’s a whole new world for parents and kids alike, a time when both need a lot of family and community support. Thanks to Ingram Micro, Olive Crest in Orange County was able to do just that on Tuesday, August 6. Ingram Micro graciously hosted a bowling night for 20 Olive Crest foster families and a host of Olive Crest staff at...
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Students at Olive Crest Academy Enjoy a Newer Spruced-Up Learning Environment

Transform a school and you are likely to transform the lives of many students! Through the hard work of 130 wonderful Orange County RSM volunteers, Olive Crest Academy now has a fresh start for the 2019-2020 school year! On August 2, 2019, RSM LLP commemorated their second year volunteering with Olive Crest (and their 10th year volunteering as organization, “A Decade of Doing”). Last year, more than 70 RSM staff worked to refurbish one of Olive Crest’s group homes. This year,...
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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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