September 2020 Newsletter
The Latest News at Oak Grove Center
And The Winners Are ...
Oak Grove Center held Space Unlimited in August. Local Chefs competed for the People's Choice and Pinnacle Awards in the So-Cal Chef Open. Chef Armando with Avensole Winery took home the People's Choice Award with his Duck Tamale dish. Chef Justin (pictured) with Highgate Senior Living won the Judges Pinnacle Award with a 3 Egg Brioche Toasts.

The Golf Open offered golfers the opportunity to compete in a re-imagined tournament held at multiple locations for prizes. The Grand Prize winner is Alex Herrera winning the 7-day trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Thank you to all the competitors and congratulations to the 2020 winners! To read more about Space Unlimited, see the recent article in The Valley Business Journal.

Chase Joins Our Chairman's Circle
Oak Grove is thrilled to welcome Chase to the 2020 Chairman's Circle.

Chairman’s Circle members are distinguished, philanthropic business leaders within the community. Their partnership provides educational, vocational, and enrichment programs helping at-risk children transform their lives.

A special thanks to Matt Webb, Franklin Rivera and the local team. We are grateful and honored to once again have their partnership empowering success and transforming lives!
Oak Grove Welcomes New Board Members
Oak Grove Center's Board of Directors welcomed two new members in August. We are excited to welcome Mr. Adam Bouvet (top left) of The Bouvet Group and The Mill Restaurant and Mr. BJ Fazeli (bottom left) of Fazeli Cellars.

Both are known for their keen business sense, success, and their philanthropic hearts. Oak Grove is honored to have their time, talent and leadership as we impact the lives of at-risk and special needs youth together!
Peanut Butter Madness
Oak Grove's Culinary Creations is a vocational program training at-risk and special needs youth for a career in the culinary field. Each month a student is selected to design a recipe for a featured Cookie of the Month sold in the Culinary Creation's bakery all month long. September's Cookie of the Month is Peanut Butter Madness - YUMMY! Watch and learn more about how it came to be and meet the Student creator.
Are you a VIP?
We think you are! Starting this month, Culinary Creations has something special just for you; our new VIP Cookie of the Month Club! Every month, VIP Club Members will receive a Bakers Dozen of our very own Culinary Creations Specialty Cookie. These one-of-a-kind cookies are designed by our very own Culinary Students and will be featured all month long. Students will compete for the chance to be selected. 

As part of the VIP Experience, Club Members receive:
  • -Exclusive members-only VIP Culinary Creations Traveler's Mug (pictured);
  • -1 Bakers Dozen of the Featured Cookie of the Month;
  • -50% off additional Cookie of the Month purchases. Buy as many as you want or as many as you can carry
  • -Complimentary Coffee Refill for Member and a Guest each visit. Bring your VIP Mug and we will safely take care of the rest
  • -10% off total sales of any additional culinary delicacies purchased.
Remember, your generous support provides at-risk and special need Students with Culinary Instruction, Certificates, and valuable work experience. Memberships are $50 per month.

"COVID" - A New Release
Thanks to a generous sponsorship through Chase, Oak Grove's Arts & Music Program was able to produce a new video. Students write, direct, star in, and edit the videos. For the Oak Grove youth, the Arts & Music Program helps express emotions, aids in the healing process, and helps them gain confidence through their creative expression.

Congratulations to the student team that produced the 2020 "COVID"! Great job!
Celebrating the End of Summer
August marked the official end of summer for Oak Grove residential youth. To celebrate the end of the Extended School Year, residents had a summer BBQ. Later in August, residents exhibiting good behaviors and making progress in their treatment enjoyed an outdoor movie night featuring Indian in the Cupboard.

Thank you to all the donors who make these special activities possible throughout the year! Visit our Facebook page to see more photos. Click the "Like" and "Follow" buttons to stay-up-to-date!
Students Return to School
Oak Grove Center / Jack Weaver School & Oak Grove At The Ranch started the 20/21 school year with a Blended Instruction Model allowing for both in-person instruction and Distance Learning. Following strict safety guidelines, this Model allowed Oak Grove to provide direct, in-person instruction and specialized services to small cohorts of students 2-3 days a week. Students will be participating in Distance Learning the other 2-3 days, depending on their assigned cohort.

Oak Grove's teaching staff are excited for the beginning of the new school year! To learn more or to enroll your child, click here for more information. The Blended Model or Distance Learning only options are both available.

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

August 2020 winners were recognized for improvement on their communication, anger management, and leadership. One young man received the Triple Threat Award, being recognized with a personalized video. Congratulations to these exceptional young men!

Also, a special thank you to Myra Allen, Mark Sitar and their Sunrise Rotary Club for Empowering Success and Transforming Lives with their support.
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.

August Meeting the Moment HEROES include:
Wendell Hairston * John Larsen
Laura Vogel * Skye Padilla
Judith O'Barr * Cynthia Orozco * Jasmine Orozco * Thad Snow
Shannon Persson * Beatriz Penland
Help & Hope for the Holidays
Bring joy to an at-risk child this season. Oak Grove is seeking Angels to adopt a youth's wish list, hold a gift drive, or help one of our low-income families this year.

Email Kristi Piatkowski, Development Director, or call her at (951) 677-5599 for more information or to confirm your support.
Oak Grove Ambassadors
We have relaunched the Oak Grove Ambassadors - a group of distinguished, philanthropic community members ready to advocate and make an impact in the lives of at-risk and special needs youth.

A huge thank you to our Founding Ambassadors: Cori Carey, Joe & Nancy Bergfalk, Vita Hernandez, Monique Payan, Nathan Walsh, Lisa Wayman, Vito Zerilli, and Oak Grove Board Member Kelli Neet.

Meetings are currently held via Zoom. To learn more about the opportunity or to apply, email Kristi Piatkowski or call her at (951)677-5599 x2238.
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.

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

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