• The Little Jar of Hope

    “Because when you’re hit at your wits’ end Can’t bare the screaming anymore You’ll take one look at their impressionable eyes And see you’re bound to this eight-year-old human as a friend” —-From “Non-Biological Children” by Hannah Pennock Imagine a sixteen-year-old girl wearing a powder blue dress with lace appliques and a poufy tulle skirt […]

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  • “SOLFul helped me realize that I wanted to be a leader”

    Summer is so fun!  If you’re a kid… it’s even more fun. Popsicles, long days, mangos with limón and chile, vacation Bible school, and fireworks! It’s also a time for Summer reading challenges at Fullerton Library, day camps and new excursions.  For OC United, having fun in the Valencia Park community looks like bringing kids, […]

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  • Persistence, Perspective, and Patience

    “Get the [expletive deleted] away from us! You’re so [expletive deleted] weird! We don’t want you here!” We could hear the heckles of preteens from outside of our window. Children cussing in the neighborhood isn’t something new, but hearing aggressive language aimed directly at one person is unexpected. We look down from our patio and […]

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  • Contagious Hope

    In Romans 15:13, the Apostle Paul explains how God sources hope into our hearts, which fills us with peace and joy as we trust in Him while waiting for Him to make our dreams happen. God then gives us power to overflow this same hope to others. Franklin Garcia is the pastor of Calvary Chapel […]

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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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  • The Road to Restoration

    When a child from hard places begins blessing others, restoration has begun for the whole community. In our neighborhoods initiative, we all thrive when there is a two-way stream of giving and receiving. Here’s one story of restoration. Andrew was nominated for Valencia Park Elementary’s (VP) mentoring program where he met Gaby, our director. As […]

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  • The Power of One

    “What impact can an 86 year old retired teacher or a 17 year old Buena Park High student make on a Title I School? Over 75% of the kids enrolled in Valencia Park Elementary are learning English as a second language and 72% are receiving free lunches because of financial difficulty. Furthermore, did you know […]

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  • Welcome to SOLful at Valencia Park Elementary

    SOLful is a one-month summer program for kids at Valencia Park Elementary! Eight years ago, the Fullerton School District had budget cuts that took away summer school programming for children. A local nonprofit collaborated with parents and the school district to create a summer alternative for their students. Thus, SOLful began. Kids have lots of […]

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  • Community Serves Local Elementary School During Easter Week

    This past Easter week, over a hundred volunteers put together thousands of eggs, hosted 7 Easter egg hunts, and an Easter party for students and their families at Valencia Park Elementary school. Do you love seeing our community united for change? Click Here to Watch the Video  

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  • “Under Construction”

    After the recent rain storms I’ve had to keep my eyes peeled for potholes around town. An expert on potholes stated that the only way to prevent potholes from forming after storms is to maintain the strength of our roads during the rest of the year. This is also true for our character. It’s after […]

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