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.
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 at http://www.olivecrest.org/youthforchrist.
Contact: Heidi Riehl
Have you heard the great news? I’m thrilled to announce that Olive Crest has a new space, which will allow us to serve over 300 more children and families in need of help by the year 2020.
We are calling it the “House of Hope,” and we want all of our Olive Crest friends and supporters to help us get it ready. You can help us reach our goal of $200,000 by June 31.
Right now, we’re asking everyone to help us by making a special House of Hope donation to provide things like:
- A brand new outdoor playground where children can run, laugh, and engage in play therapy
- Twice as many counseling and treatment rooms for both children and parents in crisis
- Ample pantry space for our Child Resource Center where families can come for grocery staples and necessities
- Upgraded comfortable waiting rooms and play areas for kids
Truly, you are critical to the future of children suffering abuse and neglect, families in crisis, and the transformational work that will shine light on the darkness of child abuse in our community.
Your special House of Hope donation will be put to work right away to prepare for the kids, families, and teens desperately needing help.
And, for your generous gift of $500 or more, we’ll honor you with a personally inscribed leaf on our House of Hope Family Tree, which will be showcased in the lobby to honor your compassion.
We need to meet out goal of $200,000 by June 31. Please make your donation by going to www.olivecrest/hopehouse today!
Executive Director, Olive Crest
P.S. In the coming weeks, we’ll send you more information and updates on our goal. Please join us in serving over 300 additional at-risk children and families, and make your donation today.
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 summer 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