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MDUSD's Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

                 

Mt. Diablo Unified’s Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless families

Annual donation drive directly benefits MDUSD homeless students and families

 

WHAT:  MDUSD Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) Holiday campaign

 

WHEN:  Now through December 9, 2016 for gifts and wish list items to allow for wrapping, packaging and delivery; and through December 16, 2016 for financial and gift card donations.

 

WHERE: 

  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
  • Willow Creek Education Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord
  • Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord

 

BACKGROUND:  MDUSD is committed to addressing barriers to educational success for homeless students and ensuring the educational success of all students in the district. MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) staff work with homeless families to reduce stressors and connect families with needed resources, including housing resources, employment assistance, health care and health insurance, mental health care services, and other supports.  Currently, there are close to 400 students identified as homeless within MDUSD.

 

The HOPE for the Holidays campaign connects sponsors with homeless families to help grant ‘wish list’ requests. Gift cards and tax-deductible donations are also welcome in supporting families during the upcoming holiday season.  Donors can help in the following ways:

  • Sponsor children in a family. Personal wish lists of students are posted at https://goo.gl/Hj33Ex or by contacting Elsa Dalpiaz at hope@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000, extension 3054.
  • Buy gift cards that enable caregivers and youth to select their own items. Department store and grocery store gift cards can be mailed to or dropped off at Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.
  • Donate new hoodies or sweatshirts for students. Please drop off or send to:
    • Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
    • Willow Creek Education Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord
    • For online shopping, please send orders to Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord

 

Each donation directly benefits homeless students and their families; donations of any amount are welcome and considered generous.  For additional information, please contact James Wogan, Administrator, School Linked Services, Mt. Diablo Unified, at (925) 682-8000, ext. 3054, or woganj@mdusd.org.

 

In accordance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act (2002), HOPE staff assist schools, homeless shelters, and families and students to enroll students in school immediately; to remain in the school of origin for the duration of a school year; to obtain transportation to/from school, to obtain needed nutrition & free meals at school, and to have access to the same programs and opportunities available to all students, and to ensure that education is provided in the least restrictive environment.

 

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The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in the state of California, with over 56 school sites and programs serving 150 square miles, including the cities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton; portions of Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg; and unincorporated areas including Lafayette, Pacheco and Bay Point. The district is among one of the more ethnically-diverse in California, with students and their families representing more than 50 languages and dialects.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

Posted by: Joshua Wittman Published:11/16/16
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