Jocelyn’s Journey

When Jocelyn started Pacific Chorale Academy as a fourth grader, she was shy, introverted, and could hardly be heard when she spoke. But she loved to sing, and her smile shone through during rehearsals as she became a stronger and braver singer. Two years later, Jocelyn was a leader in her section and was singing …

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Finding Beauty in Challenging Times

The last several months have presented us all with many upheavals and challenges – social, financial, emotional; the physical time away from our Waldorf family. It also has brought some surprising silver linings: an ancestral call to bread baking (store shelves emptied of yeast and flour…who would have guessed?); a new form of Victory Garden …

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Together, Apart

Together, Apart: How Waldorf School of Orange County Keeps its Roots Intact During Distance Learning In the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has been publicized as a contradiction in terms: it’s a tragedy, it’s an opportunity; it’s a portal to the vision of a new world, it’s a bottomless hole of deep despair. Working …

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Finding Family on Thanksgiving

Sometimes in this field of work, you fret. After all, these are little people we are dealing with – little people who need love, family and a place to call home. For those working in foster care and adoption, finding a home and family for a child can be a heavy burden to carry. When …

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Thank You Note to a Hero

On Veteran’s Day, a young man handed a piece of paper to Chris Ruble, Executive Director of Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village.Ruble recalled, “‘It’s for Mr. Jim.’ he said as he handed it to me, a little crumpled at the edge, ‘Can you give it to him?’” After nearly six years with Childhelp and more …

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Physically distant yet together in all ways that matter

A unique yet very special year for Project Youth OCBF’s Scholarship Ceremony honoring the 2020 Higher Education Mentoring & Project SELF Students “Physically distant yet together in all ways that matter” On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Project Youth OCBF hosted their first ZOOM Scholarship Ceremony to present thirty-five (35) students with college scholarships. Twenty-five (25) …

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Back-to-School may look different

Back-to-School may look different however students still look the same Amazingly Cute! On August 13th Project Youth OCBF in partnership with Gonzalez Northgate Markets provided over 50 families with food and grocery gift cards and additionally provided 100 school backpacks for kids to help with back-to-school learning. We all know back-to-school is not the same …

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Stability When It Is Needed Most

When Elsa came to Friendly Center last Fall, she was overwhelmed: both her and her son were facing mental health challenges and the family’s basic needs were not being met due to only her husband finding work. This led to a variety of problems: from food insecurity to being unable to secure affordable housing. After …

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Virtual Summer Program Feeds Minds and Families

At the end of July, Friendly Center’s after-school program, The Power of Me, completed its annual summer program! The 6-week virtual program gave students the chance to engage in fun activities ranging from at-home science experiments to a virtual field trip to Monterey Bay Aquariums. As it became clear that the summer program, like the …

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El Modena Family Resource Center (EMFRC)

Griselda Medel, her husband, and two children, Linda 19 and Kyle 15 have been involved at our El Modena Family Resource Center (EMFRC) for 8 years now. Griselda initially arrived at EMFRC seeking services for her son who is enrolled in our Karate Program. She then became a Community Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC) member and …

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