Inland Empire Homeless Children Will Benefit From HomeAid Essentials Collection



RIVERSIDE, CA (March 19, 2014) ---

Hundreds of homeless infants and toddlers who reside with their mothers and families at emergency and temporary living shelter facilities throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties will be receiving a variety of items being donated during the HomeAid Inland Empire Essentials For Young Living collection campaign currently underway through March 28.

            The annual HomeAid community outreach event will be collecting essential baby care items, including disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby food, and various baby hygiene products, as well as paper products like paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.      

The goal for this year’s Essentials campaign is to collect more than 12,000 baby care items.           

  The Essentials items will be picked up at the various collection box locations throughout the Inland Empire and inventoried at Sunrise Custom Storage in Riverside on March 24-26, then on March 27 and 28, the collected items will be distributed to eight homeless shelter facilities, managed by HomeAid Inland Empire service provider partners, that serve families and single women with children.

            The general public can bring baby care items to various Essential collection locations between the hours of 9am and 4pm through March 25, including the Riverside County BIA office at 3891 11th Street in Riverside; the Baldy View BIA office at 8711 Monroe Court, Suite B in Rancho Cucamonga; Frank Augustus Middle School at 17925 Krameria Avenue in Riverside; and the Moreno Valley Flower Box Shop at 17925 Frederick Avenue, Suite F-2 in Moreno Valley.

            “There are several hundred infants, toddlers, and young school age children currently residing with their mothers and families at homeless shelter facilities managed by our service provider partners in San Bernardino and Riverside counties,” commented HomeAid Inland Empire Executive Director Ray Osborne. “The items we are collecting during our Essentials campaign are very much needed and appreciated by the parents and service providers at the various shelters we serve,” he added.    

            Among the HomeAid Inland Empire homeless shelter service provider partners receiving the Essentials baby care item donations from this year’s collection campaign are: Mary’s Mercy Center’s Veronica’s Home and Mary’s Table charity operations in San Bernardino; Path of Life Ministries’ Family and King Hall shelter facilities in Riverside; Project T.O.U.C.H. in Temecula; Foothill Family Shelter in Upland; Inland Empire Rescue Mission in Corona, Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Genesis House and Amelia’s Light Community Care Centers in Riverside; and Operation Grace in San Bernardino.

             Bank of America employee volunteer coordinators, second to left to second to right, Sandy Casteneda, Cathy Paredes and Isaias Guzman, join HomeAid Inland Empire Board member Danielle Gonzalez, right, and HAIE Executive Director Ray OsborneBank of America is the primary sponsor of this year’s HomeAid Essentials For Young Lives collection campaign. In addition to providing funding, Bank of America employee volunteers will be collecting baby care items, and will also help inventory and distribute the items collected.

                Other HomeAid Inland Empire corporate partners participating in the Essentials campaign will be US Bank, Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, KB Home, Stearns Lending, Developers Edge, 123 Home Keys/All Southern California Escrow, Prospect Mortgage, and Stater Bros. Markets, as well as the Baldy View and Riverside County Chapters of the Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA).

               HomeAid Inland Empire Board and Executive Committee member Deborah Kristianto of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will be the 2014 Essentials campaign chairman, with HomeAid Inland Empire Board member Kaytee Lett of Prospect Mortgage assisting her as co-chair.  

             HomeAid Inland Empire is a non-profit organization that is building new lives for homeless men, women and children in San Bernardino and Riverside counties through housing and community outreach.

            “The volunteer and collection location response for this year’s Essentials For Young Lives community outreach event has been outstanding. We have over 200 volunteers and nearly 100 collection box locations involved in the program,” Ray Osborne reported.  “Because of the overwhelming community support, we are able to heighten awareness of the increasing number of young children who are being impacted by the continuing homeless situation that exists in the Riverside and San Bernardino two-county area,” he added.

               For more information about the HomeAid Inland Empire Essentials For Young Lives collection campaign, please contact the HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne at or Stephanie Ligenfelter, HAIE Special Projects and Events Manager, at You can also call 951/686-0628 or visit the organization’s website at to volunteer or make a donation.