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Mt. Diablo Unified’s Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless and foster youth
Posted 12/11/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2018

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: 760.705.6919

 

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) for the Holidays campaign. 

 

WHEN:  Now through December 17, 2018

 

WHY:  MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) program is committed to addressing barriers to educational success for homeless students and foster youth and ensuring the educational success of all students in the district. HOPE School Social Workers and other staff work with homeless families and foster youth caregivers 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 over 300 students (TK-12th grade) identified as homeless within MDUSD, and over 130 foster youth.

 

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

  • Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to “Mt. Diablo HOPE,” 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by utilizing Venmo under “MDUSD HOPE”
  • Buy gift cards that enable parents and guardians to select their own items for their children and buy groceries. Department store and grocery store gift cards can be dropped off at the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA, or mailed and dropped off at Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.  This is our greatest need.  
  • Donate new hoodies or sweatshirts for students. Please drop off or send to:
    • Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
    • For online shopping, please send orders to Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord

 

Each donation directly benefits homeless students and foster youth.   Donations of any amount are considered generous and are welcome year-round. For additional information, please contact MDUSD’s Student Services Department and School & Community Services program at 925.682.8000 extension X3054 or email hope@mdusd.org.

 

In accordance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act (2002) related to homeless students, and AB 490 (2003) related to foster youth, MDUSD School Linked Services staff assist schools, homeless shelters, foster care group home providers, foster parents, and students to enroll students in school immediately; to remain in the school of origin for the duration of time that the student is legally homeless or in foster care, 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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About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County, and one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program, now in its third year for 2018-2019.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.