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Our mission is to empower the Invisible Populations in Orange County.  
We say YES, when everyone else says no.
 
Our vision: When our good work's done, we envision a thriving, supportive community full of caring and productive individuals where everyone has a safe place to call home.


A Special
Thank You to: 
 
Wells Fargo for their casual dress campaign! 
Employees donated $5 per week or $20 for the whole month to dress casually this June. Over 280 individuals participated and gave a total of $5,860 in donations to
Grandma's House of Hope
! What a success!

Just see our Volunteer Manager's excitement with all 280 checks!
  
Each check represents a child served through Nana's Kidz or a woman through our Housing Program! Thank you to all who participated!
 
We would also like to  thank the following organizations for their amazing financial support that allows us to continue serving the invisible populations in Orange County: 
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation - $25,000 grant
  • Kaiser Permanente Foundation - $15,000 grant 
  • Wells Fargo Foundation - $15,000 grant in support of our Nana's Kidz program
Blessings, 

We felt so blessed by the outpouring of love and support at June's Journey through Hope & Healing Appreciation Luncheon as we honored our supporters. Without your trust and belief in our mission and values, none of what we do would be possible!

(Left to Right: E.D. Je'net Kreitner, Sara Garske and Denise Voss)

In this Summer Newsletter edition, we are excited to share with you our current endeavors, upcoming events and how our volunteers and donors are enabling GHH to say YES, when everyone else says No.
 
I invite you to read on and consider how you might be able to say YES and bless someone else this summer.

Blessings,
Je'net Kreitner Executive Director and Founder at Grandma's House of Hope

Story of Hope
Amy's Story 

Coerced into prostitution at the age of 19, Amy spent two years living in fear and abuse before being taken into custody by the police. After seven months in jail and with the guidance of her mentor, she rekindled her relationship with God. "I was in jail, but I wasn't in jail. I was on a retreat with God." 

 

Amy wrote to Grandma's House of Hope and was accepted. "God gave me the opportunity to get out and build life," Amy says. Since her release, Amy has been working part-time, taking part in counseling and case management, and preparing to take her GED in hopes of enrolling in community college. 

 

She is also taking part in a New Believers class at her local church, proclaiming that "God is the only way to find peace." Reflecting on all that God has done in her life, Amy says, "It's a beautiful life. I'm so happy now. I feel refreshed. I feel whole." 

 

 

Your gift of $50.00 can help Amy and others like her to cover the costs of college enrollment. 

 

Make an impact with us and DONATE NOW!

 

Headline Article
Fieldstone & Clare Rose Foundation Sabbatical Leaders Grant! 
 
We are so honored and feel so blessed to have our very own Executive Director and Founder, Je'net Kreitner, be a recipient and part of the inaugural class of the Fieldstone Foundation and Clare Rose Foundations' Sabbatical Leaders grant! Je'net will be taking a 3-month vacation from GHH in 2015 to reconnect with family and travel. In preparation for this GHH will receive succession and leadership training.
 
(Photo Left to Right: Ted Vincent, Anne Vincent, Janine Mason and Je'net Kreitner)
 
"As the Founder of Grandma's House of Hope, my organization is like a child that I gave birth to, raised up and is now ready to go off to college. We have reached a point where it is time for me as a parent of the organization to step back, rejuvenate and prepare for the next phase while encouraging the organization's growth in independence. The unique opportunity the Fieldstone Foundation/Clare Rose Sabbatical has afforded me, to empower the extended family of GHH,  will be incredibly valuable to the development of our team. Bless you, Fieldstone!" - Je'net Kreitner 
 
Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity! 
   
Goings-On at GHH
PIMCO & Kaiser Donations make an impact thanks to G4G
A special thank you to PIMCO and Kaiser Permanente for their donations of much needed furniture! G4G volunteers reorganized our space by creating a new meeting room and computer lab at Dorothy House while organizing and inventorying our event supply storage. We couldn't be more thrilled with the results!!     
 

   


Mother's Day Celebrations!!
Our ladies spent Mother's Day in style, thanks to the Knights of Columbus with St. Antonio Church! Volunteer couples joined the ladies in celebrating and provided a home-made brunch!   
 
Volunteer to help us celebrate Birthdays and other holidays throughout the year! Learn more by contacting our Volunteer Manager at Volunteer@grandmashouseofhope.org. 
 
Reaching New Milestones
Wells Fargo & Angels OneDesk packed 4,480 meals this June!
Community service has never been so fun!! This summer, the OneDesk Foundation and
Wells Fargo teamed up with GHH for our Nana's Kidz Food Packing Days! We've packed a total of 4,480 meals for hungry and homeless kids this summer and counting!



This is our most popular volunteer activity and although we are booked for 2014 with plenty of hands... We are still in need of plenty of food to support this program! To help, you can organize a food drive with our simple How-To-Guide at your school, company or organization. Our most needed items include juice boxes, canned fruit and "heat & eat" canned foods (like ravioli, chili or other proteins etc.). To receive our Food Drive How-to-Guide and get started today, just contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@grandmashouseofhope.org.


Kids Rock at HopeWorks! Summer Club!! 
Our HopeWorks! Education and Enrichment Center at Cherry Orchard kicked off its first Kids  
Summer Club program. Special thanks to National Charity League, the ladies at Dorothy HouseSummer Event Catering and SSS volunteers for their amazing and nutritional lunch support!
 
At Kids Summer Club, volunteers and our summer associates are providing fun and educational
activities. So far, our kids have enjoyed fruit & vegetable bingo, animal hand painting,
snakes and lizard exercise, guess the career game, movie day with minion crafts, guitar lessons and much more! Volunteers are welcome to join in on the fun and/or submit their game and craft ideas by contacting our Volunteer Manager at
volunteer@grandmashouseofhope.org.


Upcoming Events & More Ways to Help
Every child deserves a backpack and school supplies.
To date, our Nana's Kidz program has served over 1.3 million meals to homeless children living in local motels. We are committed to making sure no child goes to school hungry!
But kids need a little more help next month, when it's time to go back to school. 
You can help these children experience the excitement of Back-to-School and gain the educational opportunities they deserve by:

Calling All Volunteers! Save the Date Safe Harvest - October 31
Our Annual Safe Harvest Event provides a safe way for children living in motels to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween Night! Volunteers and donations are needed to put on this fun event for over 800 children living in temporary housing. Volunteer positions include games, toy redemption, crafts, face painting, food serving, setup and cleanup. We are also in need of costumes - gently used are okay! To learn more about how you can help or reserve your spot today, please click here

How might you bless someone "outside the box" today?
Inspired by the blessings she received, Ericka reflected on how she might design a project to bless others. This led her to think outside the box and found her own Blessing Box ministry! Today, Ericka and her ministry have chosen to bless the ladies of Grandma's House of Hope this Christmas with their handcrafted blessing boxes. Each gift is complete with a devotional journal, floral scarf, inspirational door sign, and handmade holiday tokens.

As an aspiring service enterprise, we encourage volunteers to think outside the box! What can you do to bless someone today or this holiday season?

  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
Robert Ahlke 
Board Chair
Ahlke Construction
 
Denise Voss
Board Secretary
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Pat Kreitner
Co-Founder 
MTFC Foster Parent
Margaux Jordan 
Footprints International 
Virginia DePaola 
AVP Senior Analyst
Wells Fargo Bank 
Deacon Doug Cook
San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church
Paula Delong 
Community Leader  

Dr. Ja-Hong Kim
 
Assistant Professor of Urology, UCLA
School of Medicine 


Mariann Vlacilek
Volunteer, Anaheim Police Department

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
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