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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program.

This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10

The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to Remember provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Summer programs for homeless children are extremely important,” notes Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission President. “As a result of their chaotic life experiences, they are the innocent victims of homelessness. These children often face many disadvantages including social and mental obstacles, and are twice as likely to have a learning disability or repeat a grade. However, with financial support from the local community for educational programs, those circumstances can change dramatically.”

The Rescue Mission wants to continue offering the Summer to Remember program each year for the children at the Village of Hope. Local community members and companies can sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child.

For more information or to make a donation, visit: https://www.rescuemission.org/a-summer-to-remember/

Summer to Remember was designed by educator Dr. Barbara Morton of Concordia University, Irvine, and continues to thrive as a joint project between Orange County Rescue Mission and Concordia University, Irvine.

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