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Help Save the Summer Program for Homeless Children in Orange County

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The Orange County Rescue Mission is calling on the local community to provide donations in order to make its annual “Summer to Remember” program a reality for 30 homeless children this year. According to Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, no donations have been made to provide the $25,000 needed to run the 2014 program, which provides homeless children with opportunities to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally with hands-on learning throughout summer break.

“Homeless children are twice as likely to have a learning disability, repeat a grade, or to be suspended from school,” explained Palmer. “Many of the children who are now residents at the Village of Hope were recently living on the streets with their families. As a result, most of them have fallen behind both intellectually and socially, and are in deep need of this summer program.”

According to Palmer, there are currently 89 children residing at the Village of Hope with their parents, representing 43 percent of the Village’s total population.

“Any donation amount, big or small, will make a powerful impact on these children’s lives, and we encourage the local community to donate what they can to help us make this program a reality,” Palmer said.

Those interested in making a monetary donation to support this year’s Summer to Remember program should call (714) 247-4300 or visit www.RescueMission.org for more information.
The Summer to Remember program, which was launched in 2010, is a ten-week educational curriculum comprised of “learning camps” in math and reading, a music camp, and an arts and theatre camp.

If the program is funded this year, the camps will be held from June 23 to August 29, 2014, and will provide hands-on learning opportunities for children ages 5 to 13 who reside at the Village of Hope. In addition to the learning camps, children will enjoy various field trips to local destinations such as the Discovery Center, local zoo, beach, parks and other recreational sites, as well as swimming lessons.

The program also includes a one-week, off-campus learning camp at Concordia University, through which older Village of Hope children participate in a variety of learning experiences with faculty and students.

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  1. Hello,

    I am interested in volunteering to help the homeless.

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