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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/6/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Remember the joy of digging your tiny fingers into soft dirt and imagining you were a jungle explorer? Or the freedom of climbing a tree in your yard to survey your little corner of the world from a lofty perch? Whether or not we realized it, these outdoor activities—the staple of many of our childhoods—were powerfully fueling our sense of wonderment with the world, inspiring our creativity and developing our critical-thinking skills. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/23/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

By age 3, Adelynn’s world had begun to grow silent. Not only did the fun-loving tot suffer from progressive sensory-neural hearing loss, she belonged to a population of children who did not show their disability outwardly. Addie’s seemingly “normal” development enveloped the toddler and her family in another kind of silence — the vacuum created when critical needs remain undiscovered and unmet.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/9/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

We live in a community of contrasts. While the wealth and success of so many Orange County residents is visible everywhere, the deep needs of others are not. And nowhere is this need more compelling than in Orange County’s urban core, with west Anaheim at its center.

Posted by: Human Options on 2/24/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

An estimated 1.5 million high school students in the United States will be physically abused by a dating partner this year and one in three adolescents will experience some form of dating abuse in their lifetime.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 2/23/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

They’ve served bravely on the frontlines of the longest war in U.S. history. But for veterans coming home to start civilian lives, their toughest battle has often just begun. We envision them receiving a hero’s welcome, but their reality is often a labyrinth of challenges with everything from securing adequate employment and stable housing to healing from the physical and emotional wounds of war.

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