What’s New

These posts update our girlfriends on current projects and meetings.

2022 Holiday Needs – Br. Bennos

Posted 11/18/22

Kid’s Christmas Party

Brother Bennos is hosting a holiday party for 450 kids this year on December 18th at Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop. 

WHAT TO HELP?

  • Come help prepare for the party the week before the event.
  • Volunteer to do simple face painting & make balloon animals, previous experience needed.
  • Donate the following items:
    • New Pajamas- to include larger sizes for teens
    • New Stuffed Animals
    • $25 Walmart Gift Cards  
    • Monetary donations can be made here on their website or mailed to Br. Bennos at P.O. Box 308, Oceanside, CA 92049

All donations are needed by December 10th.

For details or questions email Helen at: helenparsons75@outlook.com. Donations can be dropped off at the Thrift Store clearly marked ”Kids Party”. If you need a closer drop off location, please contact us at passion2serve@girlfriendscare.org.

2022 Holiday Needs – Solutions for Change

Posted 11/18/22

Breaking and Entering

For the 5th year in a row, a team of girlfriends will be making Christmas a memorable season for the newest families at Solutions for Change by secretly decorating their living quarters while they are away as part of Solutions for Change’s yearly Breaking and Entering event. As in previous years, we hope to provide families with new items such as: blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, ginger bread houses, decorations to “DECK THE HALLS” inside and out and of course gifts from Santa for parents & children.

WHAT TO HELP?

  • Our greatest need is monetary donations as soon as possible so our team can shop for all the specific items that are needed. Click here to donate to this event.
  • We also need new or used Christmas lights, decorations and lawn ornaments. 
  • There will be limited 2 hour shifts available if you want to help with the event on December 6th.
For details on this event, please reach out to Terri Williams at 760-473-7067 or Ttscupofjoe@yahoo.com.

2022-11-12 Milestone House

Posted 10/30/22
Girlfriends Support Milestone House
and local Youth in Need

 
Come enjoy a free brunch with your Girlfriends and learn about how Milestone House helps at-risk foster teen girls through their trauma towards leading a safe and productive life. Learn about their programs, including their Milestone House Program of Services for emancipated foster youth called Fostering Adulthood Jobs Network, a social enterprise which creates companies under the non-profit that offer foster youth opportunities for employment by developing products or providing services.  

WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, Grandmas Care and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Seacliff Community Pavilion  – Poinsettia and Lowder Lane –  Carlsbad 92011

Gate just South of Poinsettia on Lowder Lane. Drive through gate, and park by pool or any open space.   Pavilion is opposite North pool down steps.

Please park in designated parking spots – not on street. Carpooling recommended.

Gate code will be included as response RSVP (or email Carol@girlfriendscare.org. if not received)

 
WHY: Meet Milestone House and learn more about our smorgasbord of outreach from which to choose as you enjoy the company of friends!
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!
  
WANT TO HELP?  
 
The girls could use new Towels, washcloths, twin sheets & bedding.  Our local youth could use new pj’s also.
 
Not in your budget – no problem!  Come join us and share a rewarding time with your girlfriends.
 

2022-10 Operation Hope

Posted 10/2/2022

October Outreach

Operation Hope North County provides a safe, caring, and supportive environment where families with children and single women experiencing homelessness can rebuild their lives and reclaim independence. Participating in their resident program helps individuals regain emotional stability, learn the skills they need for financial well-being, create healthy relationships, and establish housing stability. Help children in transition celebrate the fall with this fun outreach project! We have two opportunities to serve:
 

Costume Drive for Operation Hope and Others –  Now through October 17

We’re collecting new children’s costumes to celebrate the season! Costumes will be provided to the children residing at Operation Hope and others. Specific needs for:
 

Girls
Girl Age 4-6yr
Girl Age 6-9yr
Girl 10-14yr
Count
1
1
6
Boys
Boy 10 months
Boy Age 6-9yr
Boy Age 10-14yr
Boy Age 14-17yr
Count
1
2
2
2

 
Participate in Operation Hope’s Trunk or Treat! – October 29th 6:30 – 7:30pm

We have six spots reserved for our girlfriends to enjoy the children in costumes and participate in a Trunk or Treat event at the Center. Provide treats for the kiddo’s and be done early enough to enjoy the evening! Costumes and car decorations optional.
 

Date:
Time:
Location:
RSVP:
Saturday, October 29
Setup at 5:30; Trick or Treat 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Program Parking Lot (859 E. Vista Way, Vista)
Because this is a children’s event, registration in advance and ID at the event will be required. Registration is first come. Contact ellen@girlfriendscare.org to RSVP.

Plan for 25 children
 
Operation Hope Staff will be coordinating the event. 
 
Want to do more?
Opportunities to bring and serve meals are available. Meals must be commercially prepared. This is a great project for a family, neighbors, or small group of girlfriends! For more information https://operationhopeshelter.org/get-involved/more-than-a-meal/  

2022 September Partner Fair

ITS  HAPPENING!!! 

GIRLFRIENDS CARE

OUTDOOR PARTNER FAIR!!

Come meet key nonprofit partners and hear about their organizations 
 
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR SPACE NOW

 


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Grandmas Care, Guys Care, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Nonprofit Partner Fair. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 10th  10:00 am – Noon
 
WHERE: Outside at the Aqua Hediona Lagoon in Carlsbad
 
WHY: This is a great opportunity to meet many of our non-profit partners and discover what pulls at your heart strings. Bring a friend and introduce them to the many ways they can make their something count. We will provide refreshments.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org. Be sure to bring a friend or two!

2022 Back-to-School Drive

Posted June 28th, 2022

 

July 1 through July 31

In July, Girlfriends Care, KidzCare & Teens Care are focusing on our Back-to-School Supplies Drive to collect needed items for children living in local transitional housing who cannot afford to buy them. Let’s help these kids start off on an equal footing with their peers!
 
Below is a suggestion of needed supplies. Maybe you’ll want to get your friends and neighbors, church or work group or class involved too!
   
Email passion2serve@girlfriendscare.org to find a drop off location near you or donate online and we will do the shopping for you.
 

Supplies Needed
1 ½ or 2 inch binders
White, lined paper (wide or college ruled)
Backpacks (children or teens/adult sizes)
Calculator
Protractor
Number 2 pencils
A pencil case, pouch or small supply box
Pens, black, blue or red
Large pink erasers
Scissors, safety or student pointed
Colored pencils (16)
Colored Markers
Crayons (16)
Highlighter pens
Glue stick
Pocket folders in multiple colors
Composition Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
Dividers with tabs
White Glue
A ruler w/centimeters and inches
Index cards (for flashcards)
Pack of post-it notes
USB Flash Drives
Headphones
 
Girlfriends Care is a 501c3 Non-profit; tax receipts available upon request.

2022 Jeans Drive

Posted May 27, 2022
In July Girlfriends Care will be helping local families by collecting and distributing new or gently used jeans.  You know; the outgrown ones in our closets which are still in great condition.  Some may look like they’ve never been worn!
When: Drop off locations available between June 1st and June 30th. Email passion2serve@girlfriendscare.org for drop off locations.
 
Sizes: All sizes needed to fit tots to adults
 
Condition: Jeans should be in very good/new condition
 

Jeans will be distributed to families in local transition programs such as Solutions for Change, Operation Hope, and, inventory allowing, additional families in need in North County through local agencies.   How you can get involved:

  • Gather outgrown jeans from your families closets.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to participate.  Either casually or at a simple event such as an ice cream social.  Everyone brings jeans.
  • Support local businesses and consider donating a new pair or two.
  • Get your church, club, school or team involved!  And set up a convenient drop off location for the members.
  • Make a drop box and ask a local business to take donations.  Make sure you check the location regularly and empty the box as needed!
  • Donate online or by check and let us do the shopping for you.
  • Purchase new jeans online and have them delivered to a drop off location.
You can increase Girlfriends Care’s outreach by involving your friends and family in this drive. Almost everyone has at least one pair on jeans collecting dust in their closet!

2022-05 Family Recovery Center

JOIN US AT FAMILY RECOVERY CENTER – SPRING EVENT

Girlfriends Care returns to in person meetings!


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens, Grammas Care & guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, May 14th 10:00am – noon
 
WHERE: Family Recovery Center, 1100 Sportfisher Dr, Oceanside 92054
 
WHY: We will learn the latest updates on Family Recovery Center and volunteer opportunities, including a special event in June.We’ll meet at 10:00 am for a light brunch, complete cards of encouragement for the program members and mix and mingle before our meeting. We will hear about Girlfriends Care opportunities, as well as examples of success stories of giving back to our communities – and how we can help.
We will also provide a small gift to each of the program participants.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!
  

WANT TO HELP?  

For the women arriving with nothing:

  • Women’s new tights – all sizes (especially large and plus sizes).
  • New Sports bras – all sizes
Tax-deductible receipts available upon request!

2022 Just in Time – “My First Home” Drive

Published 4/16/22

Just In Time provided assistance to 1,588 transition age foster youth in 2021 with help from the community! 
 
Just In Time for Foster Youth’s mission is to engage a caring community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. Envision a future in which every youth leaving the foster care system has a community of caring adults waiting for them after 18. Just In Time offers programs that assist youth (ages 18-26) with basic needs, life skills, furnishing their first home, attending college, job search & interview skills, financial fitness and more! Just In Time believes that consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for the success of our youth so they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives. 
 
Watch the 4 minute video below to hear youth share the lasting impact Just In Time has had in their lives:
https://youtu.be/_o16w_pnm08


 
HELP US SUPPORT JUST IN TIME’S “MY FIRST HOME” PROGRAM AND PROVIDE YOUTH SOME BASIC ITEMS NEEDED TO MAINTAIN A CLEAN HOME. THIS MONTH WE ARE COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING NEW ITEMS:
 
  • Broom & dust pan sets
  • Swiffer starter kits
  • Spray mop that can be used with water
  • Sponges & microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Toilet bowl scrubber with holder
  • Vacuum (basic upright or stick vacuum)
  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent pods & dryer sheets
  • Dish detergent
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner

 
SHIP YOUR ITEMS DIRECTLY TO 
Just In Time
4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G
San Diego, CA 92120
Attn: My First Home
 
ORDER ITEMS VIA AMAZON FROM THIS WISHLIST. Ship items directly to Just in Time.
 
Learn more about Just In Time’s services and volunteer opportunities at:  https://jitfosteryouth.org/

2022 Solutions for Change

March 2, 2022

Join us at Solutions for Change

We are so excited to finally return to in person meetings! We hope you will be able to join us.


WHO: Girlfriends Care, Guys Care Too, Teens Care, and Guests
 
WHAT: Girlfriends Care Casual Brunch Meeting. Dress is Saturday Casual!
 
WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
 
WHERE: Solutions for Change 722 W California Ave, Vista, CA 92083
The meeting will be held on a new outdoor patio space, so please dress accordingly.
 
WHY: We will learn about Solutions including program updates and volunteer opportunities that have happened since we last visited. You’ll learn about current, future, and past Girlfriends Care projects and outreach opportunities as well as celebrate our “Angels in the Middle”, special girlfriends who have gone above and beyond. We’ll meet at 10am for a light brunch and mix and mingle before our meeting which ends at noon. An optional tour of Solutions Farm will be available for anyone interested following our meeting.  The farm is about 15 minutes away, 948 Rueda Dr., Vista. This is our first visit to the aquaponics farm! Please wear flat, comfortable shoes.
 
HOW: RSVP NOW to RSVPNC@girlfriendscare.org AND let us know if you’d like to bring a brunch dish to share.   Be sure to bring a friend or two!
  
WANT TO HELP?   
 
For “Solutions University” programs
                Daily Planners – with enough space to fill in assignments
                Journals – for personal healing
 
For the resident’s homes:
                Sheets- twin or queen size
                Comforters- twin or queen size
                Laundry Baskets
 
For the children:
                Spring Crafts
                Coloring booksTax-deductible receipts available upon request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details, email us directly at info@girlfriendscare.org

Girlfriends Care, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID# 26-2417011.