For the past few months, we have been having mindful knitting classes with the Orange County Museum of Art.
In our knitting classes, we made this beautiful blanket:
And these beautiful bath kits:
which were knitted with love by class participants.
CLP and OCMA really wanted to donate these beautiful items to a good, local cause. We decided to donate to Families Forward! Families Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families in Orange County. They were founded in 1984 and provide transitional housing, food, career coaching and counseling. If there is anything else that a family needs, they will refer them to the proper resource so that they get what they need! When they first opened they only had five apartment units and one part-time counselor, but because of the need of the community they grew quickly. Now Families Forward has twenty-eight transitional housing units and a comprehensive array of services to prevent homelessness. Last year, Families Forward helped over 7,000 people in need. According to their website they helped:
- 172 families avoided homelessness through the homeless prevention program
- 33,834 bags of food were distributed through the food pantry
- 250 parents received career assistance
-1,032 children received school supplies
It is so great to see a local organization doing so much to make good happen in our community! Thank you to OCMA and all of our participants from our knitting class for making such beautiful items! And thank you to Families Forward for your commitment to people in need!
Peace Grl Out.