RIVERSIDE, CA (April 13, 2016) --- HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) recently partnered with the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the California Family Life Center (CFLC) in Hemet to develop and implement a unique, new mentoring program to work with disadvantaged and at-risk young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are enrolled a nine-month YouthBuild life skills, education and job training program.
“HomeAid Inland Empire has been involved with the RCOE/CFLC YouthBuild program on a few different occasions in the past, when the students assisted us with the renovation of homeless shelter facilities, so we were honored when we were asked us to be involved with creating a mentoring program where we could interface more with the students to help provide support and encouragement as they consider the future direction for their lives,” said Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director, in announcing the YouthBuild mentoring program partnership.
“The Riverside County Office of Education and the California Family Living Center are pleased with the partnership we have established with HomeAid Inland Empire in the past, and are enthused to now be able to work with them again to create a new mentoring element for our YouthBuild program,” commented Joanna Quejada, the YouthBuild Program Consultant.
“We think this will offer a unique opportunity for our YouthBuild students to meet and converse with home building industry professionals as well as other individuals involved with the wonderful non-profit charitable work that HomeAid Inland Empire does to provide housing and community outreach opportunities to help the homeless population in our area,” she added.
Riverside County YouthBuild provides at-risk, adjudicated or economically disadvantaged young adults with a way to get involved in a two-year educational and job skills program, where they can complete their high school diploma and receive transitional employment in logistics and construction trade training while they consider and work towards future education and career opportunities.
In addition to working with HomeAid Inland Empire to renovate homeless shelter facilities, like the Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet, the YouthBuild mentoring program will also offer a variety of group and team building activities during the year. The Youth Build students recently assembled 150 HAIE Care Kits with various hygiene items as well shelter and transportation information to be distributed to homeless individuals and families. The students also assisted with the inventory and distribution of more than 250,000 baby care items collected during the HAIE Essentials for Young Lives community outreach event to provide disposable diapers, baby wipes and other items for infants and toddlers who are residing in homeless shelters with their parents throughout the Inland Empire.
The YouthBuild mentoring program will also include presentations from home building and other professionals talking about the journeys they have taken in their personal lives and careers.
“Hopefully, the Youth Build mentoring program we are helping to develop and implement will continue to evolve organically over time, and the young men and women in the program will benefit from it as they work to find a positive direction in their lives,” Osborne remarked.
In 2015, HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters of the Southern California Building Association (BIA), celebrated the 25th anniversary of the completion of it first Inland Empire shelter project by undertaking the renovation of 20 apartments for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, where the 1,000th homeless shelter bed created by HAIE is now housed.
Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 37 homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with a total of 1,027 beds providing Quality, safe temporary housing for individuals and families while they work to rebuild their lives. The value of those facilities is over $17.6 million with nearly $6.8 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials coming from the Inland Empire home building industry through HomeAid.
For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire or to volunteer to get involved in the Youth Build mentoring program, contact HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or HAIE Marketing & Events Manager Ashley Coleman at email@example.com. You can also visit the organization’s website at homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.