Back to Work Program
Through partnerships with training schools, this program will fund each recipient’s “early childhood education” classes required to work at a private child care center. The units received by taking these classes opens opportunities in the child care industry in which there is extremely high demand. Not only will these recipients gain job experience and income from these child care organizations, but their employers may also avail of additional education- truly a new beginning.
This is currently a pilot program.
Grocery Bags Program
Towards the end of the month, when food stamps begin to run out, we provide grocery bags to at least 100 needy families in Covina, Los Angeles, Ontario and Montclair, CA. These grocery bags include non perishable items that will help them feed their families through the rest of the month until more food stamps become available for the coming month. We also restock the pantry at Our Lady of Lourdes in Montclair, which combats hunger in the local community as well.
We hope to provide monthly support to an additional 60 families.
Homeless Feeding Program
Pre-packaged meals, bottled water, toiletries, socks and other essentials are being provided to homeless people on the streets, in homeless shelters, and transitional houses on a daily and monthly basis. This includes restocking the pantries of the Ontario Mercy House Walk In Center, providing hot meals to over 150 people at the Valley Rescue Mission in Sun Valley, CA, delivering prepackaged meals to the homeless in San Diego and Santa Ana California.
On any given night there are approximately 633,782 people experiencing homelessness in the United States. Reports in 2011 estimated that the homeless population in California was approximately 135,928, among the highest in the nation.
We hope to increase the number of homeless feedings and to provide services in Northern California.
School Backpack Program
Through our Backpack Program we give each child a backpack on Friday afternoons filled with enough pre-packaged food to last the weekend. Currently we are providing supporting 40 children bellow the poverty line at Mariposa Elementary School in Ontario, CA.
More than 2 million children in California live in poverty. This is approximately 1 in 5 children who struggle daily to have enough food to eat. While these children may eat during school hours, many do not have enough food in the evenings or during the weekend. This lack of nutrition not only affects a child’s health, but it also affects their intellectual and emotional development as well as their academic progress.
We are working toward providing weekend meals on a weekly basis for at least an additional 200 children by September 2016.