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December 14, 2016


There is something to it when the flight attendant aboard an airplane gives you the safety instruction: “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.” The idea of ensuring your own self-care to make you even more helpful for others, and healthier in your own life, is at the heart of the practice… read more

December 7, 2016

FRC Spotlight: South Orange County Family Resource Center

The South Orange County (SOC) Family Resource Center (FRC) in Lake Forest places a strong emphasis on supporting and strengthening families by educating them and making resources available to them. Their focus areas are Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and the smaller surrounding areas. The FRC is very excited to provide these… read more

December 7, 2016

Preparing for Change: Orange County’s Child Welfare

Mike Ryan, Director, Orange County Social Services Agency As you may know, 2016 has been a year of significant change and transition for child welfare across California. In discussing change, it is always important to keep perspective, recognize where we are today, and how far we’ve come. Last year in Orange County, our Child Abuse… read more

December 7, 2016

When Giving Is Practical

Eldon Baber, Executive Director – The Raise Foundation It is clearly the holiday season, I knew just by walking through the office. There were bags and bags of gifts for families and children stacked everywhere. Evidence of the caring, supportive volunteers and staff that are a part of The Raise Foundation – all trying to… read more

September 27, 2016

Parenting Changes You…

Eldon Baber, Executive Director – The Raise Foundation I once heard children described as a personal development opportunity for parents. As the parent of four adult “children” I wholeheartedly agree. The truth be told, I think that parenting changes you. I really think that once you take on the role of parent you’re never quite the… read more

September 27, 2016

Through the Eyes (and Heart) of a Foster Parent…

Ever since Jeannie Tiner was a child, people referred to her as the “caregiving” type. Being the oldest amid her siblings, Jeannie jokes that she used to run around with a Kleenex to wipe her toddler sister’s runny nose. This caring demeanor is at the very core of Jeannie’s role as both mom and foster mom.… read more

September 27, 2016

FRC Spotlight: Community Health Enrichment Collaborative Family Resource Center (CHEC FRC)

The Community Health Enrichment Collaborative (CHEC) Family Resource Center (FRC) in San Juan Capistrano is all about the community, especially about the health and enrichment of families. The FRC is a collaborative among Mission Hospital, Children’s Bureau, Human Options, and The Raise Foundation.  While some may think San Juan Capistrano and neighboring areas have very… read more

September 27, 2016

Young Professionals Needed…

The Raise Foundation is actively recruiting young professionals (mid 20’s to late 30’s) to serve on its Young Professionals Board (YPB). The group’s biggest project is the planning of the nonprofit’s annual Spring Soiree Gala. The Board also plans basic needs drives (like Sweaters, Socks, Shoes), helps at food distributions as available, co-hosts the annual… read more

September 27, 2016

Ambassador Spotlight: Annie Duong

HERE’S WHY…I am a Raise Awareness Ambassador – by Annie Duong It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I realized how much my parents struggled to provide my siblings and me some of the basic needs during our childhood. Though both my parents worked full time, they were on a fixed income. I went… read more

September 27, 2016

Bullying Happens

Deborah S. Reisdorph, BARE Founder and Executive Director Bullying is a term used when someone is being treated unfairly or with hateful intent.  Yet we rarely understand the emotional impact on the target, those observing, and the bully.  We can offer a real solution, but it takes everyone – students, parents, educators, and community leaders working together. Helping a… read more