Emergent Community Needs
Our organization is responsive to emergent needs. A last-minute call went out from Safe Passage Youth Foundation for help for its Mother’s Day Saturday food distribution in Thousand Oaks. Assistance League® of Conejo Valley member Gail Warekois, and her son Peter, answered the call and were put in charge of the dairy distribution. Gail was also responsible for handing out Mother’s Day gift packets put together by our Assisteens® auxiliary. Many smiles and thanks yous were exchanged on this special Saturday!
Sharing the Warmth UPDATE! This endeavor is now a program.
Our Sharing the Warmth project is designed to help the homeless in our community. We are dedicated to providing new warm coats, new sleeping bags, and laundry supplies to our community homeless or neighbors who find themselves in need. In partnership with our Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and Harbor House, a social service agency dedicated to helping those who are most vulnerable, we delivered needed items for the homeless. Our Assisteens® Auxiliary contributed gently used coats to this project.
We are partnering with Harbor House, a community-based nonprofit organization in Thousand Oaks that addresses abuse and neglect issues in vulnerable youth of the area. It has recently set up a four-bedroom home to house six young men aged 18 to 21 who have aged out of the foster care system. To assist these male residents in continuing their education at Moorpark College, Assistance League of Conejo Vally has purchased six laptop computers and an all-in-one printer. With an on-site counselor to guide them, they will be provided with stable housing, a nurturing environment, continuing education, and life skills to help them transition to independence.