Nothing Is Holding You Back

I was given the opportunity to attend Dream Street the summer of 2001 while going through treatment for Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. At 11 years old, bald and scared, I entered a world that would change my life forever. This past summer was my 17th year with the organization. It was a bit of a …

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The Future Can Change in an Instant

It is amazing how your vision for the future can change in an instant. That’s what happened when my triplets were born early at just 25 weeks, weighing just a few pounds each. I was devastated when, shortly after the girls were born, Corinne passed away from a rare heart defect, and Addison and Jocelyn …

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After 30 Years, a Real-Life Miracle

At one point in his life, Robert Ford was living the American dream. He was an Army veteran, had a job he loved, owned his own home and his wife was pregnant with their first child, Magan.  Then, things went downhill. Robert got into trouble and was sent to the penitentiary. Magan was just 10 …

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I Got to Say How I Felt in My Painting

Art & Creativity for Healing Inc. (ACFH) supports emotional healing for children, families, individuals, and military personnel using our Art4Healing® method. We assist adults and children suffering from the emotional impacts of abuse, illness, grief, fear or stress. Our individual workshops and community programs offer expression, encouragement, clarity, and insight. ACFH also partners with schools, …

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Brenes Children Get Their Wish

This piece was published originally in May 2017 on trinityys.org Brother and sister, Cesar (13) and Betzaida (12), were placed into foster care eight years ago. They were detained from their birth mother, placed into the care of their older sister, then were also removed from her care. With their father deceased and no other …

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The Cycle of Giving Grows and Grows

Assistance League of Santa Ana has been helping children and families in Santa Ana for over 80 years. One of our significant philanthropies is Operation School Bell. This program provides for complete outfits for children, including school uniforms for school. But we often see a need and decide to go beyond just providing uniforms. We …

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My Name Is Ryan

As told by Ryan (last name withheld for privacy). My name is Ryan. On January 18th, 2012, I was a freshman just starting my second semester at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. I played JV lacrosse, kept good grades, and went to school with all my friends. On January 19th of 2012, my life changed …

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I Bet I Could Beat the Odds

As a pregnant teen, I was told a lot of things. ‘You won’t be able to finish school. You’ll never be able to support yourself. You’ve ruined your life. How could you let this happen? You’re not with the dad? No one wants a girl with baggage. You’re damaged goods.’… Encouraging stuff, no? I also …

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Our Kids Felt Safe Again

My name is Marianne and I want to share my South County Outreach story with you. My husband and I have four amazing children, two sons aged 11 and 17 and two beautiful daughters, aged 3 and 12. In 2015, we were just like any other Orange County family; Tom worked for a property management …

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Worth the One-hour Bus Ride Each Way

“My relationship with MOMS Orange County began in 2009 when my husband, Ricardo, and I were pregnant with our daughter, Allison,” says Cristina Flores. Our Home Visitor worked with us to prepare for Allison’s arrival; helping me find resources for basic needs to be sure I was healthy during my pregnancy. Once Allison was born, …

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