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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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November 2020 Supporter Spotlight: Kim Pennington

November 18 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County The coronavirus pandemic has altered the American way of life, from social distancing to mask requirements and the mandatory stay at home orders. But what about the individuals who don't have a home to begin with? StandUp for Kids has been hard at work to help these homeless youth this year and since our inception. Our Supporter of the Month Kim Pennington has been a key contributor to our success this year. Kim was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. She is married with two kids and works with her husband running a business. In her spare time she enjoys California's beautiful weather by riding horses, hiking, and kayaking. Kim and her family Kim saw ...

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A Force For Good: Why Walmart and Their Employees Give Back

November 6 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County StandUp for Kids - Orange County would like to highlight one of our most recent corporate partners, Walmart, and the dedication their employees have in giving back to their community. The fuel for the partnership came from Neil Sarreshteh, an employee with Walmart for the last 21 years and currently the E-Commerce Manager for 18 stores in southern California. Neil has also been volunteering for StandUp for Kids for the past year, working directly with homeless youth in the 18-24 age range. Neil came across StandUp for Kids while looking for an organization to get involved with that directly impacted how people in her community were living. She felt it was a ...

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Expanding Our Housing Impact – New Hires Arlene & Stephanny

November 4 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County In uncertain times like these, StandUp for Kids - Orange County finds it especially important and necessary to double our efforts in helping at-risk youths forge a path for a better future. One of the most significant ways to impact them is to provide safety and shelter. That is why we're excited to share more about strides made in our affordable housing program.  Our housing program seeks to help place our youths in stable long-term living situations and give them the resources to succeed. StandUp for Kids recognizes that it isn't enough to find housing for our youth. We ensure that when we house our youth they are supported and given the tools to ...

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Debunking Myths About Homeless Youth

November 3 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County Homelessness among youth populations has been growing in recent years -- but not for the reasons people may think. Youth encounter many issues that lead to homelessness and the perils that come with it. Listed below are some of the harmful myths that revolve around our youth and are backed with research conducted by governments, institutes, and universities (citations below). We also hear directly from the youth of StandUp for Kids - Orange County, who give their own personal story, that rebuke these myths. Myth #1: Homeless youth are responsible for their own poverty. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, youth fall into ...

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October 2020 Supporter Spotlight: Marta - Reflections of Our Success

October 21 2020

StandUp for Kids - Orange County When people look into a mirror, some tend to feel a sense of doubt or focus on their flaws and imperfections. What if, however, there was a unique mirror of introspection which showed you as the person you dream of becoming, with all the glory within you which you could not see for yourself. Better yet, what if there was a person who grew not by looking at themselves in such a mirror, but rather by using it to show others their potential and helping them reach that beautiful reflection of themselves. One such wielder of the “mirror of introspection” is StandUp for Kids’ October Supporter of the ...

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