August 2020 Newsletter
The Latest News at Oak Grove Center
So-Cal Chef Open
Eat. Vote. Win! August 1st - 28th order the Signature Dish at a participating restaurant and vote for the People's Choice Award, and your chance to win a wine tasting experience for up to 20 guests.

Early Participating Restaurants & Their Signature Dish:
Oak Grove Golf Open
Space is UNLIMITED! The more you play, the more chances you have to win and the more you support Oak Grove's kids!

Reserve a tee time and enter the tournament with a $20 donation August 1st - 28th.

Early Participating Courses:
Oak Grove Culinary Creations and Pastry Chef Robin McCoy Crowned Champion
In July, Visit Temecula Valley recognized Oak Grove Culinary Creations Robin McCoy, Executive Pastry Chef and Director of Culinary Programs (Pictured) as the 2019 Xenia's Champion Culinary Award.

This award recognizes a locally owned restaurant or chef operating in Temecula Valley demonstrating an exceptional dining experience through its service excellence, innovation, culinary offerings, and community philanthropic activities. Robin has created an opportunity for at-risk and special needs youth to explore and excel in the culinary field. Through Robin's leadership, career paths in the culinary arts have been introduced and new pathways have opened for youth. 

Congratulations on the award, Robin! We appreciate you Changing Lives one Dessert at at Time!!

Culinary Creations New Look
Oak Grove's Culinary Creations has a new website!

Culinary Creations is a part of Oak Grove's Culinary and Vocational Programs preparing at-risk and special needs youth for employment. Every time you purchase a cookie or cup of coffee, you're helping to empower success!

Get your Culinary Creations Mug for just $10 and receive fifty cents off all future coffees with your insulated travelers mug!
Join the Club
Culinary Creations is launching a new VIP program. For as little as $50 per month, you can be an exclusive Cookie of the Month Club Member. Members receive an exclusive VIP traveling mug with free house coffee every time you visit AND one dozen of the month's featured cookie. These cookies have been designed and created by our Culinary Students.


Thank you to our MISTT Sponsor!
MISTT recognizes youth who have made significant progress in their treatment and education.

July 2020 winners were recognized youth from Dorm A and C for improvement on their peer relationships and communication. Two youth received the Triple Threat Award, being recognized with a personalized video for maintaining progress from their first MISTT award and working to tell the Tale of their Story on video.

Congratulations to these exceptional young men and women!
STEAM Program
Students participated in a STEAM activity recently learning about the science of bubbles! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. For this project, students used engineering and math skills to design a 3D model in Tinkercad of a bubble wand. Students evaluated and revised their model according to feedback and observation. It was great!

Treat Day for Kids
Thank you to Oak Grove Board Member Soyna Linden and an Anonymous Angel, who continues to show tremendous philanthropy, for sponsoring a special frozen treat surprise on a hot day. The youth loved it! Cotton Candy Italian shaved ice was the flavor of choice. Thank you both for the special treat!

If you would like to sponsor a Treat Day or special activity for the youth, email Kristi Piatkowski or call her at (951) 677-5599 x2238.
Education Update
Oak Grove Center / Jack Weaver School & Oak Grove At The Ranch are finishing the Extended School Year Session this week! Students demonstrated outstanding effort and excellence, and the teachers put forth a lot of creative effort to engage all of the Students in learning opportunities including directive teaching during virtual lessons, virtual social skills groups, and interactive online activities. Mighty Oaks are resilient...we bend but do not break! This team is resilient, creative and hardworking!

We are so proud of all of our Students, Families, Teachers and Staff Members for their collaboration and efforts to help Students benefit educationally.

We are looking forward to the 20/21 School Year starting this September! To learn more or to enroll your child, click here for more information.
Virtual Services have Great Impact!
Oak Grove has provided virtual services and tele-health since March! Thanks to a generosity of So Cal Gas and a grant from Kaiser, additional computers for virtual therapy including Individual and Group were purchased. Our Partial Hospitalization Program added Music and other enrichment activities as well. If you are in need of support, or know someone who could use our services, we are here and ready to help.

Partial Hospitalization and Distance Learning for Day Program Students email Bev Hooks

Free Virtual Parenting Classes
Oak Grove Center therapists offer practical skills navigating difficult behaviors raising children. Parents will engage in an open discussion with others facing similar challenges.

All workshops are free and held via video conferencing.

To register email Vesna Lipovaca or learn more here.
Southern CA Gas
Thank you to the So Cal Gas for their generous support during COVID. Thanks to their grant, Oak Grove was able to purchase computers and equipment needed to continue our high educational standards during Distance Learning and virtual therapy to vulnerable youth.
Temecula Dance Company
Thanks to the generosity of Lani Morel and Oak Grove Board Member, Ed Morel with the Temecula Dance Company, four Oak Grove girls were able to participate in a Hip Hop class this past semester with one young lady from Dorm A recently able to perform as part of a group.

Thank you for creating this amazing opportunity and memory for our youth!
Local Clubs Rally
It's exciting that one of our youth was graduating and transitioning into adulthood, and even more exciting that a few community members stepped in to help her get started.

A huge thank you to the De Luz Women's Club, Temecula Valley Women's Club and Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club for their generous support.

Not only did you help her get what she needed, you reminded her that she has a community that believes in her.

Thank you for Empowering Success and Transforming Lives!
The Dream Team
Oak Grove Center has amazing staff that empower our youth and help transform lives every single day. We appreciate our essential workers.

July Meeting the Moment HEROES include:
Mallary McCauley * Theresa Gonzales
Antonio Flores * Josh Barrentinos
Anthony Ivey * Miesha Booker
Lizzie - Tiffany Ortiz * Bianca Gonzalez
John Larsen * Wendell Hairston

Oak Grove Staff Member Receives State Recognition
Recently, one of Oak Grove's diverse and amazingly talented staff members was recognized at the state level for her expertise and commitment to at-risk youth.

Dawne Shaw, a 14 year employee with Oak Grove Center, was recently one of 15 people appointed to a statewide committee to influence change and advocate for the importance of a parent's voice in the system of care. Congratulations Dawne!
See You in 2021
The Murrieta Rod Run has been cancelled for 2020. Save the Date as we will be revving our way back October 8-9, 2021.

Contact Rod Run Producer, Craig Shelley or Oak Grove Development Director, Kristi Piatkowski, with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Thank you to the Drifters Car Club for their support throughout the year!
You shop there, so make it count! Select Oak Grove Center through your Amazon Smile Program and every qualifying purchase will help get much-needed items for the youth and help our families in financial need.

Click below to register!

Open & Baking
Visit Culinary Creations in Old Town Temecula (or order through Grub Hub) for a cup of coffee, a cookie or both! Every purchase supports the vocational program training youth for employment and introducing them to new careers.

Store Hours:
Mon/Tues: 8 am - 5 pm
Wed/Thurs: 8 am - 7 pm
Fri: 8 am - 10 pm
Sat: 10 am - 10 pm
Sun: Closed

For catering inquiries:
Call us at (951)-319-0627

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