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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 7/7/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Older adults today are more visible, active and independent than any previous generation. Many are in better shape and embracing life in ways their parents and grandparents never imagined. But those are only the ones we see. There is another, often hidden, population of older adults who are hungry, homeless, neglected or living precariously without a safety net, right here in Orange County.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/16/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Many low-income families lack basic access to healthy food options. For many Orange County commuters, stopping to buy a bottle of water or a snack from a convenience store is a time-saver. Yet for too many families living in low-income communities, the neighborhood convenience or liquor store is the closest thing to a grocery store they’ll find.

Posted by: Mieka Bledsoe on 6/12/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

It was only supposed to be temporary. Just a few months until they got back on their feet - and in the meantime, an extra pair of hands around the house would be a blessing. At least that was what Mildred initially thought when her son, his wife and their daughter came to live with her. But six months later, Mildred found herself a prisoner in her own home. 
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/2/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

What if we could unlock the potential of each student instead of locking a troubled youth out of learning? Could youth deemed too difficult to deal with due to repeated behavior problems be helped to reconnect with their education if given the opportunity?

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 5/27/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

My column in the Faith and Values section of the Orange County Register last week marks my 50th opportunity to shine the light on our extraordinary local nonprofit sector.  These columns have allowed us to feature more than 80 local nonprofits and their leaders, allowing them to tell their stories, provide perspective on their clients, and inspire readers to take individual and collective action to address our community’s greatest needs.

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