5th Annual HomeAid Inland Empire Full Bellies



HomeAid Inland Empire Full Bellies, Warm Hearts Events will benefit over 150 children at two Homeless Shelters


RIVERSIDE, CA  --   The 5th annual HomeAid Inland Empire Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach events, scheduled for July 26 and August 2, will benefit more than 150 children who reside at homeless shelters in San Bernardino and Riverside.

The children who reside at Mary’s Mercy Center’s Veronica’s Home of Mercy in San Bernardino and Path of Life Ministries King Hall family shelter in Riverside will be treated a day of fun and enjoyment, complete with food, arcade games, prizes, haircuts and family photos, as well  backpacks, school supplies, new coats and new shoes.

HomeAid Inland Empire will also be collecting canned food items to help fill the pantries at the two homeless shelters where the Full Bellies, Warm Hearts events are being held this year.

Generous HomeAid Inland Empire corporate partners, including Bank of America, U.S. Bank, Union Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, KB Home, Standard Pacific Homes, Prospect Mortgage, iMortgage, Arrowhead Credit Union, Stater Bros. Markets, Burlington Coat Factory, Target Stores, Skechers, and two Marinello Schools of Beauty locations are all involved with this worthwhile community outreach event to benefit homeless children and their families in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

In addition, the Children’s Fund, and the Southern California Building Industry Association’s Riverside County and Baldy View Chapters, as well as DR Horton, Richmond American Homes, Driver SPG, Crestwood Communities, Fidelity National Title, 123 Home Keys, All Southern California Escrow, Glazing Concepts, G.C. Acoustic, Hy-Tech Tile, Developers Edge,  Fusion Sign & Design, and Reay Design Studio are also donating funds, and collecting backpacks, school supplies and canned food items,  as well as providing volunteers to help with the activities at both event locations.

HomeAid Inland Empire Board members Donna Wetzel of First American Natural Hazards Disclosures and Evelyn Hawkins of 123 Home Keys are the co-chairs for this year’s Full Bellies, Warm Hearts events, with Kaytee Lett of Prospect Mortgage as the site leader at Veronica’s Home of Mercy, and Cyndi Baltazar of iMortgage as the site leader at the King Hall location.     

“Our annual Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach program gives us a chance to show the women, children and families at the shelters where the events are staged that the community cares about them and wants to help in any way we can as they face the challenge of finding a permanent place to live and work to rebuild their lives” commented Ray Osborne, Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire. “The corporate partners and volunteers who have supported us in putting these events together over the past five years have all told us again and again that the happiness and the smiles on the faces of the children at the shelters for a few hours during the time when these events are going on is a very satisfying and rewarding experience for them to witness,” he added.   

HomeAid Inland Empire is a non-profit organization that works with various service provider partners to renovate and build shelters to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has completed 29 homeless shelter facilities in the two-county area, housing 781 beds ,valued at more than $16.9 million with the Inland Empire homebuilding industry providing over $6.3 million in in-kind donations of labor and materials.

More than 2,500 homeless individuals and families are served each year at the shelter facilities that have been created through HomeAid Inland Empire and their service provider partners.

Veronica’s Home of Mercy is part of Mary’s Mercy Center, a non-profit home for women and children who find themselves temporarily homeless.  The shelter provides housing as well as education and counseling to transition families into self sufficiency. Programs such as GED preparation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and child development education emphasize growth and wellness for both the mothers and their young children.  The original Veronica’s Home of Mercy shelter facility opened in 1995.

Path of Life Ministries is a dynamic faith-based group of community-minded individuals serving the City of Riverside since 1998. They have become a premier non-profit service agency committed to serving the homeless, challenged youth and family population with the goal of rescuing, restoring and rebuilding lives in their community.

To volunteer or make a donation for the Full Bellies, Warm Hearts event, please contact Ray Osborne or Stephanie Lingenfelter at HomeAid Inland Empire, ray@homeaidie.org or stephanie@homeaidie.org, or call (951) 686-0628.  For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire go to organization’s website at www.homeaidie.org.


HomeAid Inland Empire and its corporate partners will provide more than 150 homeless children with a day of fun and enjoyment as well as backpacks, school supplies, new coats and new shoes as part of its 5th annual Full Bellies, Warm Hearts community outreach events on July 26 and August 2.