• Bump and Crash

    One of the great joys of my job is to equip teachers and school administrators about the need to create safe and accessible classrooms and school settings for their most vulnerable students. I’ve been able to present workshops about how to build Trauma-Informed Classrooms for many local educators in the last 9 months and it […]

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  • Counting the Costs . . .

    “Counting the Costs . . . The ULTIMATE Return on Investment” Stepping out of adolescence into young adulthood brings about its own set of challenges, fears and frustrations, even for the most stable of youth coming from supportive, healthy and intact families. When youth are displaced from family and the effects of trauma experienced from abuse […]

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  • What’s Ahead for 2018

    Dear Family and Friends, God showed His faithfulness in 2017 as we joined His work in North Orange County. We are excited to expand and step out in faith for what He has ahead in 2018. Escrow has begun on a 4-unit apartment complex for our THRIVE aged-out foster youth women! California Lutheran Homes, a new partner […]

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  • Theres no place like home

    A year ago, we launched our THRIVE Home which has provided housing, mentorship, and support for 8 young men formerly from foster care. Click here to see a video from some of the THRIVE residents as we celebrate our one year anniversary! We are excited to announce that a donor has stepped up to purchase a […]

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  • 4 Reasons Why Foster Parents Quit

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  • With Hot Summer Approaching Service Champions Saves the Day!

    “Demonstrating their heart for the community, Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning recently extended its caring arm to OC United’s THRIVE home! They donated and installed a brand new heating and air conditioning system. After learning about the plight of our emancipated former foster youth to successfully launch into life as self sufficient, independent adults; they were […]

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  • Welcome, Will!

    “The end of March brought OC United’s latest resident to our young men’s Transitional Home Recognizing Independence, Value and Empowerment (THRIVE). Will (pictured left), a recently emancipated foster youth learned of the THRIVE home through a close personal mentor. While transitioning toward emancipation, Will was faced with potential homelessness. Aware of his situation, Will’s mentor shared information about THRIVE […]

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  • THRIVE’s Growing Impact

    With the spring college semester only a few weeks old, our young men’s THRIVE home residents have settled in well and are learning to work and live together in a supportive manner. Equally exciting, our THRIVE home site for young women is providing much needed stability and a platform toward success for our first young […]

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