Foster Family Picnic with Olive Crest!

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We couldn’t think of a better way to close out the amazing summer we had here at Olive Crest than with a Foster Family Picnic. Our foster families joined as at Crossroads Spray Park in Bellevue to enjoy some “Under the Sea” themed games and the 96 degree weather. In addition to winning prizes and running through the spray park, our kids and families dined on some delicious pizza from California Pizza Kitchen in Bellevue. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers for making this day possible for our families.
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Olive Crest and Youth for Christ Team up to Help at Risk Children

TACOMA, Wash., July 12, 2016 — In an unprecedented move, Youth for Christ (YFC) in Tacoma has decided to shift its foster care and adoption services to Olive Crest Pacific Northwest.

After Youth for Christ’s decision to focus its ministry on 11 to 19-year-olds, the leadership sought out a credible, like-minded partner to operate its foster care services.

For more than 40 years, Olive Crest has provided foster care and adoption services in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest. The nonprofit organization is a leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse, serving nearly 3,000 children and families each day.

Staff will grow to 103 serving the Seattle-Tacoma area, and will work with 305 families, and serve 249 kids in care in Pierce, Thurston, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Lewis counties.

The Youth for Christ foster care offices at 1216 Center Street will become part of Olive Crest under a lease agreement. The remaining YFC programs and staff will move to the organization’s Hilltop Offices, Ministry Headquarters at 1116 South 11th Street.

Olive Crest in Seattle and now Tacoma provides foster care services through secure, certified and trained loving families in therapeutically safe environments. In addition, the agency provides intensive treatment for children with complex emotional and behavioral needs that exceed what a regular foster care family can meet. Safe Families for Children is an additional program where parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children to stay with Safe Families volunteers while they address the issues that led to the instability in their lives.

Olive Crest also offers parent education, counseling and case management services to help strengthen families to keep them together. The organization works with the state of Washington to ensure that safe and loving foster families are available to meet the needs of abused and neglected youth. Mental health staff is integrated into Olive Crest programs to provide high-quality and effective care.

More information

Contact: Heidi Riehl
(657) 622-4137

Funds Raised for Kids by Bowling in P.J.s!

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Held this past month, Sleep Train’s Pajama Bowl was a huge success! At this annual event, attendees get to bowl in their P.J.s to raise money for foster kids. The total funds raised by all our teams have yet to be announced, but our staff team, Time to Spare, raised $1,900. We are so grateful for the 12 teams that brought energy and excitement to the night in order to help raise funds for our kids and families. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Summer Camp Proves Life-Changing for One Child

camp 1Campbell Nelson Auto Dealership partnered with Olive Crest this summer to provide camp experiences for some of our foster children, and which proved to be life-changing for one young camper.

Sarah, age 9, couldn’t attend camp in the past because of her behavioral and safety needs. This year, Cedar Springs Camp assigned her an individual counselor, creating a new opportunity.

Sarah made three new friends, which is significant for a child who struggles in social situations. Sarah boosted her self confidence by sharing her love of drawing and painting with other campers. A favorite moment was using the cooled ashes from a campfire to make a drawing.

At camp, Sarah was able to release her energy positively through play and activities, creating a camp experience she will treasure. The skills and confidence she gained are priceless.

This kind of experience is behind Campbell Nelson’s “Kids to Camp” crusade, which helps send foster kids to camp with every new car sold. With their goal of $60,000, they are giving foster children the opportunity to share in the joy and experiences of camp 3summer camp.

Olive Crest is one of several organizations benefiting from this program. Campbell Nelson Auto Dealership raised more than $55,000, with nearly $18,400 going to Olive Crest. We thank Campbell Nelson for the difference it is making in the lives of our kids and
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