In 2012, Kershaw’s Challenge partnered with an amazing ministry called Peacock Foundation. Our hearts immediately connected with their mission to use rescued animals to build relationships with at-risk and vulnerable kids. We funded a couple of their 8-week “Creature Comfort” program that works across the “5/5/5/5 model”—$5,000 allows them to run the program, with 5 interns from a local Exotic Animal Training Management Program, and provide Marriage & Family Therapy programs through 5 different organizations that they partner with, 5 days a week. It was a privilege to be a part of their work and passion to connect with kids through the love and companionship of animals.
In 2013, we partnered with Sharefest, an organization that runs afterschool programs that have dramatically increased high school graduation rates. They have transformed Avalon Continuation High School, resulting in 600% increase in graduation rates! Our donation to Sharefest in 2013 expanded Sharefest’s after school programming to another Continuation High School. They are now able to offer full time after school programming 5 days a week for an entire school year at Patton Continuation high school. They will provide early intervention in order to increase odds of success, and maximize student academic & personal potential, regardless of income level. We believe Sharefest is doing an incredible job developing productive citizens!
In 2014, we partnered with the Dream Center, an organization that seeks to meet the critical needs of thousands in the Los Angeles area. We helped support an important effort called the Transitional family housing program. Our donation in 2014 assisted 20 families in getting off the streets of L.A. and into a stable living environment. This program is tackling the issue of homelessness by giving families a temporary home and resources to get back on their feet again.
In 2015, we were thrilled to partner with the Dream Center again. One of their redemptive programs is the Foster Care Intervention program. This effort focuses on providing for families who are risk of losing their children due to their inability to provide for them. This is where the Dream Center steps in. Thanks to the funding of Kershaw’s Challenge, 850 families were served in 2015. They were given furniture, food and clothing—equipping them with essential resources to provide a stable home for their children.
In 2016, we worked with the Dream Center once again in support of the Transitional Housing Program and the Back to School Bash—supplying students with back packs and other items needed for a fresh start of school.
We are grateful to God for the work of the Dream Center in Los Angeles!