Many foster kids have high needs from the past traumas they’ve experienced. Foster kids in our region are feeling the impact of COVID-19 in ways most of us don’t. As our city closes its doors, foster kids with high needs and teens working service-sector jobs are most susceptible to the impact.
Olive Crest’s unchanged mission, for almost 50 years, is keeping abused and neglected children safe and supporting healthy families. The COVID-19 crisis will not stop Olive Crest from continuing its mission with increased services and programs necessary to keep children and families safe. In addition to increasing the number of children and families served, assisting and counseling families, and providing homes for children, here are a few of the additional things Olive Crest is doing across Washington, California, and Nevada:
- Providing necessary school supplies, Chromebooks, and tablets for homeschooling to their children;
- A drive-thru food pantry distributing food to over 2,000 families;
- Providing additional financial assistance to transition age youth (ages 16-22) learning to live independently;
- And increasing technological capacity to remotely execute therapy, counseling, and training to over 3,500 children and families, and connecting kids to their loved ones virtually.
Olive Crest recently had to cancel five of its vital fundraising events. Now more than ever, organizations like Olive Crest need help. Those partnering with Olive Crest help provide a safe, loving foster home for a child and wrap-around services. They also provide urgent supplies for kids and families affected by COVID-19. In times like these, foster kids need our support now more than ever.
Even while we keep our distance from one another, together, we can give every foster child the bright future they deserve. You can donate online here.
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