Grandma’s House of Hope: How you can help the under-served women, children, and families of Orange County
In today’s blog post, I want to highlight the amazing work that is being done by Grandma’s House of Hope. Grandma’s House of Hope was founded in 2004 by Je’net Kreitner and her husband Patrick Kreitner. Having experienced homelessness firsthand, this was a very personal journey for Je’net.
Grandma’s House of Hope began when Je’net and her husband began to house up to 10 women at a time in their Garden Grove home. In addition, they began packing food bags for hungry children living in local motels and delivered them on weekends. But they didn’t stop there; they also organized a homeless outreach at their local church in Orange.
The purpose of Grandma’s House of Hope was clear to Je’net from the beginning: to empower the invisible populations of Orange County, the under-served women, children, and families that fall between the cracks of other programs.
Today, the Grandma’s House of Hope program provides shelter, basic necessities, and services to women, children, and families living in extreme poverty or that are affected by human-trafficking, domestic violence, or serious illnesses. Since 2004, Grandma’s House of Hope has rescued more than 10,000 women from the streets and provided more than 2 million meals to families living in hotels. Talk about making an impact in our local community!
Ways you can help:
Donate money. Monetary donations are always welcome and help support the critical programs delivered by Grandma’s House of Hope. To donate money, please click here.
Donate much-needed items. Bus passes, toilet paper, diapers, and blankets are just a few of the items in high need for the housing programs. For a full list of much needed items, please click here.
Volunteer. Grandma’s House of Hope has many long termand one-time volunteer opportunities, including food packing, tutoring, administrative work, and “adopting a room”. To find the perfect volunteer opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host a food drive. As a food and/or supply drive host, you will help supply Grandma’s House of Hope with the food or items needed to serve the women and children of Orange County. Summer is an especially difficult time for food donations, so this would be a great time to jump in! Click here for a How-To Guide on hosting a food drive.
Summer is often a time of great need for non-profit organizations, so now is a great time to help out at Grandma’s House of Hope. For a list of many more social impact organizations that I personally work with and recommend on my website, please click here.