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Our mission is to provide compassionate and uplifting transitional care for women, children and families in crisis in Orange County.
Our vision is to be the Orange County safety net for uniquely challenged women and children through love, hope and spiritual healing.

Our Values
Love & Compassion
A faith-based approach to healing and forgiveness in a multi-generational community
Respect & Acceptance
A non-judgmental  celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of humankind
Honesty & Integrity
An ethical approach to supporting personal growth and family values

 
Blessings, 

Thank you very much for your support of Grandma's House of Hope. It is through your kindness and generosity that we can continue to fight hunger and homelessness in Orange County. Your contributions help to enhance the lives of women, children, and families who are struggling to survive in our community.
  
In this issue of our newsletter you can read about upcoming events and how we have been kicking off the new year. We are working toward our goals this year by recognizing how important volunteers are to our organization. Read on below to see how our volunteers are making a difference!
 

God Bless,
Je'net & Patrick Kreitner
Founders of Grandma's House of Hope


Reaching New Milestones
HopeWorks! Happenings
We've had a fun-filled calendar for the families at the new HopeWorks! Education and Enrichment Center (HWEEC), located in Crossings at Cherry Orchard, a Section 8 low-income housing complex. Thirty-six children received new shoes, thanks to a grant from Payless ShoeSource. Children's Bureau began offering parenting classes for families with children ages zero to five. Operation Keeping Kids Safe hosted a kids' safety workshop and potluck. Finally, our "Fun Club Fridays" included Lunar New Year's and Valentine's Day parties - both filled with arts, crafts and learning about different cultures. Thanks to our families and partners for a great month!
          
   

Gardening with Cops 4 Kids and the Anaheim Police Department
We had the privilege of working with Cops 4 Kids and the Anaheim Police Department to plant a community garden at one of our transitional living houses. Everyone worked really hard and without the amount of volunteers we had, it would have taken weeks to finish! In the center picture below, Je'net is featured with Daniel in front of the Anaheim Police Department tent.  Daniel used to live at the Valencia Motel and he attended our Motel Christmas party last year.  It's great to see how well he is doing and that he is now giving back to his community and helping us.  The garden looks great and thanks again to Cops 4 Kids, Junior Cadets, The Explorers, the Anaheim Police Department and, of course, Daniel!

                 

$80 Raised Through Coin Drive from
Rossier Park Elementary School

The students at Rossier Park Elementary School had a coin drive from October to January and raised $80. The student council voted to donate that money to Grandma's House of Hope!  It was a pleasure to meet some of the staff and students who stopped by our office to give us the donation. Rossier Park Elementary school offers grades 1st through 7th for co-ed special needs students in Orange County. We are very grateful for all the wonderful students there and we wish to thank them again for thinking of us!

Shoe Shopping with Tustin's Mayor Al Murray and Councilwoman Beckie Gomez
Thank you to Mayor Al Murray, City Councilwoman Beckie Gomez, Tustin Family & Youth Center, and Payless ShoeSource in Tustin for an awesome, successful children's event on Saturday, March 22. All the kids were so ecstatic to find their perfect pair and receive brand-new shoes! We are equally grateful to have been awarded $20 giftcards from Payless for the kids in our Nana's Kidz program.  

San Antonio Church Donates 446 Peanut Butter Jars for Hungry Kids and Families
We are grateful to the San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church for their support to our Nana's Kidz program. The Peace and Justice Ministry and the Family Assistance Ministry were able to collect 446 jars of peanut butter. Wow! We can't even guess how many sandwiches that will make!  
Goings-On at GHH
GHH Partners with OneOC to Implement Volunteer Service Enterprise Initiative 
Grandma's House of Hope had the pleasure of participating in California Volunteer Service Enterprise Initiative in order to learn ways in which volunteers can be more involved in all facets of our organization. After completing the training we were chosen to receive 13 consulting hours in order implement the CVSEI model within Grandma's House of Hope. We are excited to get started and integrate volunteers across all leadership levels to better serve Orange County's invisible populations.

Devon Williamson Honored with OneOC's Spirit of Volunteerism Award
We are proud to announce that our very own Devon Williamson will be recognized at the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, sponsored by OneOC and scheduled for April 9th, 2014. Devon has been a dedicated and valued volunteer with us since 2012. She helps mentor our clients in workforce development as well as train other interns. Her passion for helping others along with her work ethic and organizational skills are simply a few of the reasons she is such a valued volunteer. Congratulations Devon!

Marissa Cabral Honored with OneOC's Spirit of Volunteerism Award
We are blessed with such great volunteers and Marissa Cabral is no exception!  We are excited to have her honored along side Devon at OneOC's Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.  Marissa has been with Grandma's House of Hope for a year and has been an essential part of our team at one of our housing locations.  Her positive attitude is infectious to everyone around her and we are so grateful for everything she has done. Congratulations Marissa!
Upcoming Events
Volunteers Wanted for Yard Sale
We are having a yard sale on April 12th to celebrate spring cleaning and we are looking for some volunteers to help out! This is a great way contribute your time and also to help us save on storage fees. Feel free to stop by and find some unique treasures you cannot buy at the mall! Please email us or call us at (714) 558-8600 if you or your group are interested in helping out (must be able to lift 20 to 35 pounds).
Want to Help?
Sponsor a child
Sponsor a Child

Children that rely on the free and reduced lunch programs at their schools go hungry on the weekends! For just $19 a month you can sponsor a motel child to have weekend meals when the school cafeterias are closed. All food is nutritious and able to be prepared in a motel room microwave or hot plate. A portion of your donations will also help us provide back to school supplies and backpacks to homeless children in Orange County.

donate

Want to send food instead? Check out our Nana's Kidz wishlist on Amazon!

HopeWorks! Wish List

We are looking for some items to continue to provide active and healthy living habits for our families in our HopeWorks! program.
Must be new or gently used. Purchase these items through Amazon's AmazonSmile
program and .5% of purchase price will be donated to GHH! Get started with our HopeWorks! Amazon wishlist.
  • DVD player
  • LCD projector
  • Jump ropes  
  • Hula hoops
  • New crafts supplies
  • Medium and large soup bowls and serving bowls (microwave friendly)
  • Baking sheets and cooling racks
  • Cutting board
  • Yoga mats
  • White boards, white board easels and cork boards (all large)
Do a Food Drive

We are always in need of food donations and dedicated volunteers to host a food drive. All foods should be nonperishable and in non-breakable containers (no glass, please!). We are specifically in need of the following items:
  • Canned meats/protein
  • Ready-to-eat canned meals (e.g. ravioli, beef stew)
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Instant oatmeal packets and cups  
  • Healthy cereal 
  • 100% juice boxes

 

Can't coordinate a food drive but still want to help? Donate food instead! Check out our Nana's Kidz wishlist on Amazon.

 

  For more information about our programs or how you can help,
visit our website, email us at
info@grandmashouseofhope.org 
or call us at (714) 558-8600
Board of Directors
Je'net Kreitner 
Board President
Executive Director
Co-Founder 
 Christina Haupert
Board Treasurer
Wells Fargo Bank
 Lori Torres 
Board Chair

 
Denise Voss
Board Secretary
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Pat Kreitner
Co-Founder 
Margaux Jordan 
Footprints International 
Virginia DePaola 
Wells Fargo Bank 
Deacon Doug Cook
San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church
Robert Ahlke 
Ahlke Construction  
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
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