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FOUNDATION FIRST  - Community Revitalization Project

Foundation First is a project that assists school-aged children and families.  We work with administrators, counselors, and foster/homeless liaisons to make sure students have what they need to be successful in school and at home.  Sometimes its as simple as a coat or shoes and other times we find out they need more than that.   Some families are living in situations that make it impossible for any child to focus on their education.  Our aim is to help keep kids focused in school by making sure they have a comfortable place to sleep, healthy food to eat and decent clothes to wear.   We also assist their families by helping them find housing if they are homeless.  

Our current project recipient is Haycox Elementary School in Hueneme.  We are collecting shoes for every child in the school.  We went to Haycox and sized all the children's feet, and have rosters of each class and all of the sizes the kids wear.  We are asking local organizations to please sponsor a single classroom by collecting shoes for all of the children in that class.  We would also ask you to provide a tote or package for the teacher, to show our support.  We currently have 42 rosters.  

If you would like to support this project, please give a donation to PayPal at [email protected]  OR: email us at the same address to receive a roster and support a teacher!


Oxnard One Church Serve Day

Serving Our Community In Connection With Local Churches - October 12th 2019

One City, One Church, a Thousand Volunteers

One Church City Serve Day is an annual event where hundreds and even thousands of volunteers go out into the city of Oxnard and help in various areas in the community.  They do everything from paying for people's laundry to beach cleanup, serve the homeless, help the foster kids and a lot of other things.   This year, we had over 20 church volunteers help us at the annual Coats and Costumes Foster Family event  that we do with Kids and Families Together.  

The Greatest Gift Of the Season

This is one of the most rewarding events that we get to do every year, and none of it could be done without the work of our volunteers.  They do toy drives, new clothing/new pajama drives, make fleece blankets, help decorate and set up, help the parents shop, serve popcorn and even dress up like Mr. and Mrs. Santa!  Some of the children experience Christmas as a season of love and kindness for the first time ever.  We believe this is God's heart for people - to know how much He loves them, and to know this because someone showed them.  

If you would like to participate in a toy drive, make fleece blankets, donate something or help in some other way, please go to the CONTACTS page and submit a comment under the button that says "DONATE".  Thank you!  

We will be in need of new toys, slippers and pajamas for children of all ages.   Our yearly goal is to serve at least 200 kids at each event.

Halloween Coat and Costume Giveaways 

There were two very exciting things about this year's Halloween event: One was that it coincided with an Oxnard city "One Church" serve day. On October 14th, 2017, hundreds of volunteers went out and served in various areas of the city, and some of them came out to help us.  We were so blessed to have volunteers from Calvary Chapel Oxnard, Gold Coast Christian Church and New Life Community Church come to help from this city-wide event.

 The other was that Walmart manager Christy Wolff and her team of employees blocked off the garden center and built a harvest festival just for us! They built a photo area anddonated pumpkins to give to the kids, so we had a picture area, free pumpkins, costumes, face-painting, games and popcorn.  This added the Walmart staff to our volunteer list, as well as Ventura Optimists, Ventura Girl Scouts, Kids and Families and Shelter Care Resources.

Backpack Giveaways

Every year we assist at a backpack giveaway, usually around the first week of August.  We help serve roughly 200 kids and families.  Our amazing team of volunteers comes early to set up and greets families as they come.  Families are also able to take free new and used items from giveaway tables and rummage areas.

 "Run For Home" Virtual Run/Walk July 1st- 31st, 2017

During the month of July, Shelter Care Resources held the first annual "Run For Home" charity virtual run/walk. 

 Each participant ran or walked 31 miles, or one mile per day in July. (The distance is roughly the mileage between Dodger and Angel Stadium.) Between our runners race fees, our sponsorships and donations, we were able to raise over $2000.00!   It was a huge success which allowed us to provide for a family whose house had burned down, put furniture and bedding in the home of a family who had virtually nothing but walls and a floor, and buy supplies for our regular distribution of diapers and necessities for infants and children.