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OC Rescue Mission calls for community support to help send homeless children to summer camp

Orange County Rescue Mission is asking for the community’s help to provide funding for its 7th annual “Summer to Remember” program, a comprehensive ten-week summer camp that focuses on academics, social engagement, recreation and fine arts for children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families.

Starting at just $7.10 per day per child, community members can choose to sponsor one day, one week, or even the entire summer for a homeless child.

The program, which begins on June 3 and is designed for children ages 5 to 12, provides children with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering, math and reading.

“Children who have experienced homelessness often face mental and social challenges,” says Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “Homeless children are twice as likely to develop a learning disability or to repeat a grade. However, with financial support from the local community for educational programs such as our “Summer to Remember” program, those circumstances can, and often do, change dramatically.”

With fun activities and field trips to immersive locations including Bolsa Chica State Beach, the Discovery Cube, Pretend City, Concordia University’s Learning Lab and local libraries, the “Summer to Remember” program provides children living at the Village of Hope with the opportunity to engage in unique learning experiences alongside their peers.

“This is one of the most anticipated programs of the year for our students,” says Palmer. “The program’s locations and activities allow students to truly enjoy their summer break while learning new things.”

With support from the community, a total of 86 children will have the opportunity to take part in the OC Rescue Mission’s “Summer to Remember” camp. Community members are encouraged to sponsor one or more students by donating at www.rescuemission.org/summer. For questions, please contact Katie at [email protected] or 714-247-4389.

About Orange County Rescue Mission

Orange County Rescue Mission’s goal is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the least, the last, and the lost of our community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.

The Mission was formed as a faith-based organization in 1963. Since that time the Mission has shared hope through Jesus Christ to those without hope in Orange County. Our programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women and children to self-sufficiency. Its programs and dedication to going above and beyond have earned the organization numerous recognitions including Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 stars.

To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4320 or visit www.rescuemission.org.

This article was released by the Orange County Rescue Mission.