Neighbors Helping Neighbors
What We Do
The mission of HART of Orangevale-Fair Oaks is to assist our at-risk neighbors and those experiencing homelessness to move toward self-sufficiency and greater independence. This is carried out by a dedicated group of compassionate volunteers in collaboration with community members, faith-based organizations and local businesses.
Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) of Orangevale-Fair Oaks was formed in 2021 by a group of compassionate neighbors as a program of the non-profit Orangevale-Fair Oaks Community Foundation. The mission of the Community Foundation is to meet the practical needs in Orangevale and Fair Oaks by creating opportunities for generosity and selflessness. The Community Foundation of Orangevale and Fair Oaks is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization (EIN 47-3548647)
HART of Orangevale-Fair Oaks is an organization modeled after other successful Sacramento area HART programs. Each HART group creates its own mission dedicated to the needs of their unhoused neighbors in their local community.
A LOOK AT SOME OF HART'S PROGRAMS
Weekly Ongoing Outreach Programs
HART is providing basic needs that you and I often take for granted,
such as a decent meal, clean clothes, new socks, undergarments, and
that fresh feeling you get from a warm shower after a long day. But we
are doing more. HART is developing meaningful relationships with
some of our unhoused neighbors. Many come to get their basic needs
met, but we also have many guests who come weekly just for the
human connection we all deserve. A smiling face, a listening ear, a
conversation with someone who cares about them, can mean a lot.
While most of us get these needs met with friends and family, we
often fail to realize that a lot of the homeless in our community don't
have many people in their lives…if any…who really care about them.
It is a great joy to offer companionship and a sense of belonging to our
guests, along with providing resources and a potential path off the
streets. This is HART’s mission: providing both basic needs and a steppingstone to transitioning off the streets.
Even in the short time these programs have been running, we have
had some amazing success stories. A gentleman who was once living
in his car has now, with assistance from HART, moved into transitional
housing. Another guest has found employment working in small
projects around the community and is always willing to work when work is available.
One act of kindness can change the entire trajectory of someone's
life. If you'd like to make a positive impact in your community, please
reach out to HART to learn more! You can also sign up to volunteer
for our weekly shower program below.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE!
The weekly Wednesday lunch program is located at the Fair Oaks Library parking lot. The lunch program is also supported by the Foodbank and through non-perishable food donations.
We'd also like to thank all of our amazing volunteers that give their time to make these programs a success!
If you would like to make a positive impact in your community please reach out to HART for more information. You can also sign up here for the shower program.
2022 Backpack & School Supply Drive
DID YOU KNOW?
In San Juan Unified School District
there are close to 3500 school age children
who are in some type of housing transition.
These students lack a fixed, regular,
and adequate nighttime residence.
They are likely living in shelters, motels, hotels,
transitional housing, trailer parks, campgrounds,
and often makeshift arrangements in someone’s home
or a place not designed for human accommodations.
These kids need our help today!
How the McKinney-Vento Program helps kids without homes
Tuesday night, at our general meeting, we listened to a presentation by Reham Newar from the San Juan Unified School District who spoke about the District's McKinney-Vento program and how our backpack drive supports these students.
Many Thanks to Reham and her colleagues for partnering with us this past two months and for the work they do every day. Follow the link below for more information about this valuable program.
A LOOK BACK at 2021...
First group of Backpacks Done!
Many thanks to our volunteers who organized or stayed after our meeting to put together our first delivery of 29 backpacks to the SJUSD McKinney-Vento program. We had such fun getting to know each other better and seeing all the donations come together in one place.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!
YOU MAKE HART WORK!
We've made it even easier to contribute
We understand life can get busy and you might not be able to make it to the store or to a drop-off location. Don't worry, we've made it easy!
You can shop from our Amazon Wish List. The items you select get shipped directly to our leadership team to assure they get to hands (or backpacks) to the kids who need them.
Click on the link below!
Orangevale Chamber Interview with Homeless Assistance Resource Team
Brenda talks about the newest HART program and how you can get involved.
Outreach Team (HOT) Will Join Us At Next Meeting
We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for the next general meeting. Sargeant Christie Lynn from the Sacramento Sheriff's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will join us with a short presentation and then answer questions. She will talk about the homeless in our area and how the HOT serves as a resource to our unhoused neighbors and the HART programs.
Plan on joining us, bring your questions and come meet Christie next Tuesday evening.
As a reminder, our meeting will be Tuesday, June 22nd, 6p -7p at
Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5811 Walnut Ave in Orangevale.
It's Official: Fair Oaks & Orangevale HART is the Newest HART
As of May 12, 2021, Fair Oaks & Orangevale HART is the 10th HART group in the greater Sacramento area to join the movement. They have held in-person community meetings and are developing their short and longer term vision on how best to address the needs of their unsheltered neighbors. At their in-person May 25th general meeting, they featured guest speaker, Ed Kelly, former president of both HART of Folsom and Elk Grove HART. They also unveiled their executive summary, foundational principles, and plans for developing their team.
If you would like to get involved with the newest member of our HART family attend their next general meeting on June 22, 6pm, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Orangevale. Also, be sure to follow them at Facebook.com/HART.OVFO/
In-depth Interview with Homeless Assistance Resource Team
of Orangevale-Fair Oaks Founder
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