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Jeremiah's Promise equips transitional foster youth for better future

Photo Courtesy of Jeremiah’s Promise
Jeremiah’s Promise founder Kim Golter, above, with blond hair, leads the nonprofit organization that supports foster children poised to graduate from the system as they navigate a path to college and seek career mentoring. 

• Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to love, challenge and equip former foster youth for a better future. The program lays the groundwork for emotional and spiritual healing, academic resilience, leadership development, and relational and career skills competency.

• 2016 update: The nonprofit organization supports foster children poised to graduate from the system as they navigate a path to college and seek career mentorship and community support.

Music for Minors kicks off fundraising campaign

Music for Minors is launching a peer-to-peer campaign, “What Music Means,” to celebrate its 40th anniversary by raising $40,000 in 40 days.

Supporters are participating as donors and fundraisers to use social media to spread the word about the importance of music education and help generate the funds needed to sustain and expand such programs.

House of Grace provides women with a path out of addiction

Taken from a Youtube promotional video about House of Grace
Personnel claim an 85 percent success rate at rehabilitating single women and women with children who have been plagued by drug addiction. 

• Mission: House of Grace empowers women, especially single women and/or women with children, dealing with chemical addiction. The program gives women life skills, social skills and work experience to help them adjust to sober life in Santa Clara County. It also helps connect the women to employment and housing opportunities.

• 2016 update: According to Honili Sema of Cityteam, which operates House of Grace, six to seven women at a time graduate from the program.

Local seniors needed to participate in documentary

The Los Altos Senior Program seeks volunteers to appear in a short documentary introducing the program to people in the community.

Volunteers must be willing to spend two to three hours at the Senior Program this month or next to showcase activities such as line dancing, bridge and pickleball. Those with experience are preferred.

Sky's the Limit Fund helps youth in crisis through wilderness therapy

Photo Courtesy of Sky’s The Limit Fund
Sky’s the Limit Fund, founded by two Los Altos residents, provides scholarships to help at-risk youth attend effective – and expensive – wilderness camps across the country. The scholarships support less- affluent families who could otherwise not afford the experience.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund supports youth in crisis by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs and beyond for families with financial need.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Community Briefs

Volunteer awards luncheon set for Friday

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is scheduled to host its 34th annual Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The cities have given the awards since 1983 to honor individuals who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. The committee has recognized more than 300 individuals and groups to date.

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