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A Life Full of Hope

February 18 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County One persistent stigma surrounding homelessness is the idea that living on the streets results from laziness or a lack of motivation. But in reality, each situation is different - and blaming those in need simply leads to a lack of the resources that can help get people into housing. Hope is a 20-year-old who experienced this lack of aid when she needed it the most. As a teen, she worked a part-time job and took online classes, aiming to graduate from high school early and move out of the house at 18. But her parents’ divorce left her bouncing between them and eventually sharing a single rented room with her mother. Reaching out to ask for help - from ...

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February 2021 Supporter Spotlight: Ted Quinn

February 12 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Now more than ever, the work of our volunteers, donors, and mentors at Stand Up for Kids - Orange County deserves to be highlighted and acknowledged. Their commitment and kindness have helped ease the burden for our youth who face adversity each and every day StandUp for Kids recognizes Edward “Ted” Quinn with the distinction of Supporter of the Month for February 2021. Ted is a StandUp for Kids - Orange County advisory council member. He has served with excellence since his appointment in December 2020. In addition to serving as an council member for StandUp for Kids, Ted is also the president of Technology Resources, a consulting and ...

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January 2021 Supporter Spotlight: Trellis & “The Secret Sauce”

January 20 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County In every thriving community is a stabilizing force or “secret sauce.” That “secret sauce” for Costa Mesa is Trellis. Trellis is a Costa Mesa nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate a collaborative approach to resolving the city’s greatest challenges: homelessness, literacy, and neighboring. They work to connect organizations such as businesses and churches with each other in order to create change. Trellis was formed by a group of pastors who were meeting weekly to pray for the city, and were led to move beyond prayer into action to help their community. Leading the charge is Executive Director Ian Stevenson. ...

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Stepping Into The Light - Jeffrey

January 8 2021

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Born in Santa Ana and raised in Anaheim, Jeffrey’s life has been one of struggle – but also persistence. Growing up, he and his four siblings went from the care of their abusive mother to their abusive stepfather, and were eventually taken in by Jeffrey’s biological father. But far from being a loving home, it was clear that their presence was only valued for the government aid and food stamps they brought the household. Around this time, Jeffrey began hanging out with local gang members and getting into trouble: his friends introduced him to weed and alcohol at age twelve. Lacking affection and affirmation from his parents, Jeffrey was ...

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Morgan - A Raging Fire Inside

December 18 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Some people have so much character that "lively" doesn't encapsulate their energetic personality. This is true of Morgan, a youth who's been with StandUp for Kids for the past year. At just 23 years old, Morgan has been through several lifetimes' worth of struggles, yet remains strong. Morgan's fiery personality has gotten her into trouble at times. It's also brought her through the darkest of days and warmed all of our hearts at StandUp for Kids. Morgan was raised by a single mother, who had her at a young age. They lived in the projects of Mason City, Iowa, relying on welfare and food stamps to make ends meet. With her mother working constantly, Morgan ...

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Bonds of Steel – The Story of Isaac

November 18 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Isaac is 23 years old and just started his career as a welder a few weeks ago. The job suits him quite well, not only because Isaac has a knack and a passion for welding, but because he is an expert at creating bonds. All his life, it seems that Isaac has managed to draw people together and form a team that supports one another. The bonds he forges may go through some periods of wear. However, Isaac does the necessary maintenance to keep them healthy and intact, much like the metal structures and machinery he welds at his job. Isaac grew up in a good family with his older brother, mother, and father. Religious differences would eventually cause his older ...

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