Blog - Orange County

Al’s Story: A Path to New Beginnings

March 20 2019

StandUp For Kids - Orange County Born in Uganda and abandoned by his parents at age 6, Al moved to the US with his aunt, uncle and sister when he was 10, but only to discover more obstacles and mental abuse. He does not have fond memories of his childhood; his father was addicted to drugs and alcohol and his mother could no longer afford to take care of him and his sister. After years of neglect and an abusive upbringing, Al began to use marijuana as a way to ease his pain, depression and insomnia – he was introduced to marijuana by his father at age 5. As a result of legal issues involving domestic abuse, Al moved out of his uncle’s house and began sleeping in a shed ...

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10 Ways To Help

February 19 2019

StandUp For Kids - Orange County If helping your community wasn’t part of your New Year’s resolution, or it was and you just haven’t found the time or the inspiration to make it happen yet – we’ve got some ideas for you. All of our volunteers have unique skills that make a huge difference for our organization and the young people we support. Financial donations are always appreciated, and fully utilized to help get people off the street and on their way to self-sufficiency, but there are lots of other ways you can get involved too. Here are some ideas we have for how you can get involved in our many programs, but we’re always open for your creative ...

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Join Us For Our 2nd Annual Gala!

February 6 2019

StandUp For Kids - Orange County Join us for our 2nd Annual Gala! It is a great opportunity to learn and support all while enjoying live entertainment, fine food and wine! This event will support our mission of ending the cycle of youth homelessness, one youth at a time in Orange County. Event DetailsWhen: Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6-10pmWhere: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3331 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626Cost: $150 individuals, $1,350 table of 10 Purchase tickets here: https://standupforkids.ticketleap.com/sufk2019gala/

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Update: House of Hope - Phase 1

February 6 2019

StandUp for Kids - Orange County We are excited to announce that we have found a location to start phase 1 of our House of Hope project.  While searching for a home, we have found how difficult it is to find a place that has everything that we are searching for and is willing to rent to a group like ours. But we are excited to announce that we have found a wonderful executive office suite, centrally located in Santa Ana!  This space will have all the amenities we knew were vital for this project, including showers, a kitchen and a meeting room. We will continue to search for a home based location, but are so excited for all that this location will offer for phase ...

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SUFK - OC's 2018 Holiday Party Recap

December 21 2018

The room was packed. Hundreds of kids, young adults, mentors and volunteers involved with StandUp For Kids smiled and laughed together as they filled the room and got in line to get lunch. Everyone piled their plates with ham, turkey, stuffing, green beans, bread, potatoes and all the other delicious foods. Once stomachs were full, the festivities began. The day started with the thrift store – a big room filled with donated clothes, shoes, home goods and hygiene products. The kids poured in the room and started filling their bags with the items they needed. They squealed with joy as they showed each other their great finds. Next, we heard from kids of all different age groups from ...

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Anna's Story - Orange County

November 27 2018

Anna was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by her parents when she was six-years-old. She has no other home, but is now seeing progress in her efforts toward recovery, helping others, and formalizing her U.S. citizenship. “After my parents brought me, my brother and my sister here, we lived on the low-income side of town. I always did poorly in school, struggling with every subject. I started smoking weed at 12, and shortly after that I started drinking. Both of my parents worked constantly and never noticed. At 16, my drug use progressed, and after trying meth things went downhill fast. My parents kicked me out of the house. “At that point I realized I needed to ...

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