IT’S TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL; OC RESCUE MISSION SEEKS COMMUNITY’S HELP TO PROVIDE URGENTLY NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

IT’S TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL; OC RESCUE MISSION SEEKS COMMUNITY’S HELP TO PROVIDE URGENTLY NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

IT’S TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL; OC RESCUE MISSION SEEKS COMMUNITY’S HELP TO PROVIDE URGENTLY NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

 

Orange County, Calif. (August 17, 2016) – The Orange County Rescue Mission is gearing up for another school year and is seeking help from the local community to gather school supplies for the children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility in Orange County. 

These children attend various schools within the Tustin Unified School District, and it is because of the community’s incredible generosity that we are able to equip these children with the basic necessities to begin the new school year, according to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission.

“Currently there are 79 children living at the Village of Hope, and approximately 42 of those children are school-age,” says Palmer. “Preparing these young children for school and providing basic school supplies helps to lay the foundation for future development and growth.”

Palmer explains that as a result of having experienced homelessness, many of these children often face obstacles both socially and mentally, and are more likely to repeat a grade or possess a learning disability.

“We help to provide a sense of stability for these young children and ensure they have everything they need to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally,” says Palmer. “Since the Village of Hope opened in 2008, more than 300 children have attended school in the Tustin Unified School District. These basic school supplies are a crucial element of ensuring these students reach their true potential.”

The Orange County Rescue Mission is asking the local community to donate items that will provide children with basic “back-to-school” essentials, including:

  • College ruled paper
  • Wide ruled paper
  • Writing tablets for Kindergarteners
  • Boxed markers (both wide and slim tips)
  • Colored pencils (both wide and slim tips)
  • Highlighters (yellow preferred)
  • Black and Red permanent markers
  • Index cards
  • Pocket packs of Kleenex
  • Sturdy pencil boxes
  • Subject dividers
  • 2” 3-ring binders
  • Composition books
  • Disinfectant wipes

 

“The ultimate goal is to provide these children with the skills to avoid homelessness as adults and this all begins with education.” says Palmer. “By supporting these students during their developmental years, we can all contribute to further enhancing the lives of children living at the Village of Hope and breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community.”

Those wishing to donate can drop off these donations at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope located at 1 Hope Drive in the city of Tustin, California. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

About the Orange County Rescue Mission

The Orange County and Inland Empire Rescue Missions are part of a privately funded non-profit organization that uses Biblical principles in its programs such as relationships, finance, and parenting. The Rescue Mission’s innovative facilities and programs provide food assistance and shelter in addition to counseling, education, job training, mental wellness, life skills training, and medical services to provide a solid foundation for the transition to a self-sufficient life. Its programs and dedication to going above and beyond have earned the organization numerous recognitions including Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4-Stars. To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4320 or visit www.rescuemission.org.

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