By Theresa Harrington
I received this e-mail this morning from James Wogan, who coordinates the Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE). I’ll be writing more about this program later, but wanted to get the word out today about a meeting scheduled Wednesday for those who would like to help:
In the spirit of the holiday season, I am writing to ask for your consideration to give a contribution or donation for a homeless child or family in need. The Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE) served 411 homeless students last year, K-12. Because of the current state of the economy, we are serving even more homeless students and families this school year. Many of our homeless students are in elementary school. We welcome tax-deductible donations and gift cards ($10 – $25) to Target, Safeway, or other gift cards because they are easy to distribute and allow students and families to choose their own gifts or food.
I know a mother from Pleasant Hill who lost her job, and then her home. She said, ‘I really want to thank you for the gift cards and letting me pick out of few things for my daughter. She liked getting something that was from me.’ A father said, ‘There is nothing better than knowing that people care about my son and that he is getting good grades. He can hold his head up high.’
This evening (11/24/10), my staff and I helped a caring father with two children who has been sleeping in his car. We promote self sufficiency and self determination among the homeless parents with whom we work. Children do better in school when they have enough to eat and they know where they will sleep each night. Small gifts during the holidays can make a big difference.
Donations can be sent to: James C. Wogan, District Homeless Liaison, Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE), 2730 Salvio St., Concord, CA 94519 or; dropped off to Lori Amenta at the Mt. Diablo Unified District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA.
Donations made by check can be made out payable to “Mt. Diablo HOPE.” Please indicate if you would like a receipt for tax purposes.
I want to take a moment to let you know about another opportunity to assist students to be successful in school. Parents, volunteers, staff and community members are invited to participate in a “Friends of HOPE meeting: Dcember 1, 2010 at 3 p.m. at Olympic High School. We are reaching out to parents and others to ask for help to extend the support and services offered to homeless students and families in our community.
If you would like more information, please contact Sissy White at Mt. Diablo HOPE, (925) 682-8000, ext. 3054.
The Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE) was recently featured by Rita Williams on the 10 O’Clock News, KTVU, Channel 2. Here is the link to the story: http://www.ktvu.com/news/25886923/detail.html.
I apologize if you received this email more than once. Thank you for your consideration. Please forward this e-mail to people in your address book.
James C. Wogan, LCSW, PPSC
Administrator, School Linked Services
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Foster Youth Services & Homeless Outreach Program for Education (MDUSD HOPE)
Olympic High School Campus
2730 Salvio Street, Concord, CA 94519
Tel: (925) 682-8000, ext. 3054
Fax: (925) 566-6692