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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/25/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

If your child had a broken bone, would you allow her to suffer with excruciating pain and let the bone heal badly, causing her lifelong challenges as a result? What if she had a puncture wound on her hand that, left untreated, could cause a severe and potentially life-threatening infection? Wouldn’t you seek medical help immediately? And what if all of these circumstances were almost entirely preventable?
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/18/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Imagine if there was a problem that affected one in three high school students (approximately 4 million students a year) resulting in issues that cost U.S. taxpayers more than $8 billion annually? And what if that problem was almost guaranteed to be cyclical, gathering momentum with each new generation? Would it warrant our attention as a critical issue? Of course it would.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/12/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Outside appearances paint Orange County as a vibrant community filled with happy, active families and a robust economy. But what you don't see on the surface tells the tale for thousands of our neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed, homeless or in unstable housing, and hungry or hard-pressed to provide food for their children.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/11/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Taller San Jose, Families Forward and Second Harvest Food Bank are the first three organizations-- among many yet to come-- that I am thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight in a weekly column I’ve been asked to write for the new Faith and Values section of the Orange County Register. I consider it an enormous privilege and responsibility to help fuel community dialogue about the harsh realities facing far too many of our neighbors.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/6/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

We launched ConnectOC with the goal of bringing awareness to our most critical needs here in Orange County – the place we all call home. Decades ago, life in small towns was simple. People knew when a neighbor was hurting and rushed in to help–, whether through a kind word, a meal, or a place to sleep. Today life in Orange County is more complex. We don’t always see our neighbors who are struggling or hurting.