Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for back-to-school items for children living at Orange County Rescue Mission’s transitional facilities for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, beginning Thursday, August 12th.
As summertime activities come to an end, the Rescue Mission’s young residents are getting ready to return to their pre-pandemic school routines, with most children having the ability to attend in-person classes.
“The kids are so excited to return to in-person classes where they will be able to interact with classmates and teachers once again after more than a year of remote learning at Village of Hope,” says Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “We were able to create a comprehensive on-site learning experience for the children in the interim, but we are happy to see them return back to school in a more traditional environment. With this return, comes a deep need for school supplies and ensuring these kids have the tools they need for success.”
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rescue Mission successfully converted office spaces into new classrooms to accommodate the new distance-learning lesson plans and the growing number of children staying at the transitional living facilities when the shelter in place orders were enacted.
“As the number of vaccinated adults and children continues to grow, kids can now more safely return to classrooms to resume learning along with the integrated learning techniques that resulted from the changes of last year,” explains Palmer. “We were able to provide many of our school-aged children with iPads during our on-site learning programs during the pandemic. These iPads can now be used to facilitate learning and homework activities both in the classroom and at home.”
Palmer adds, “we are so grateful we can continue to provide homeless and at-risk children with educational resources and change their lives for the better. All of these efforts are in huge part thanks to the support of our community and the ongoing donations for our kids.”
This year, the Rescue Mission is asking for donations of the following school materials:
- Underwear for boys and girls, sizes 3T and 16
- Socks for boys and girls, all sizes
- Reusable water bottles, plastic, or aluminum material in 16-24 oz
- iPad chargers
Those who wish to donate may drop off donations at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope located at 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, California, 92782. Donations can also be purchased online and delivered to this address. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
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 Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4300 or visit www.rescuemission.org.