October 2020 Newsletter
The Latest News at Oak Grove Center
VIP Cookie Club Launched
Welcome to our first VIP Cookie of the Month Club Members! Oak Grove's Culinary Creations launched the program welcoming the first 12 Members in September. Their monthly gifts provide on-going culinary instruction and job training for students in addition to the great benefits members receive. Each month VIP Members enjoy a Baker’s Dozen of the featured Cookie of the Month AND complimentary Specialty or House Coffee each visit for themselves and their guest.

Thank you to our founding VIP Cookie of the Members:
Tammy Wilson * Kristi Piatkowski * Robyn McCoy * Darcy Burke * Judy Zulfiqar * Tim & Debbie Noonan * Jami McNees * Kim Gerrish * Jami Fencel * Karen LaPointe * Adam Bouvet * Lynn Carr

To learn more, visit the Oak Grove Culinary Creations website!
CULINARY & VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Cotton Candy Cookie - A Musical Mystery
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 the featured Cookie of the Month sold in the Culinary Creations' bakery.

October's Cookie of the Month is Cotton Candy - a sugar cookie "mystery" created by a young lady talented and very involved with Oak Grove's Art & Music Program, and now a participant with Culinary Creations. Watch the video to learn more about the creator and stop by soon to try the cookie!
OAK GROVE PROGRAM UPDATE
A Lifetime Lesson - Hard Work Pays Off
Oak Grove's Workability Program provides job training and experience for youth. In addition, thanks to a grant through Bank of America, some youth are able to participate in culinary internships. Following successful completion, interns earn a stipend. Internships are currently on ground. Youth are able to learn valuable skills as they are prepared for “the world of work."
 
We are grateful and honored to have the support of Bank of America as we partner together Empowering Success and Transforming Lives! 
The Impact of "Little Man"
Have you ever wondered what Oak Grove staff think about when those children they have been pouring into find the success we have all been seeking? Recently, a young boy lovingly referred to as "Little Man" graduated from Oak Grove's Residential Program. He was here for two years. For two years staff nurtured him and became his family; preparing him for the day when he would move onto another loving family. That day came last week and it was bittersweet.
 
Oak Grove is so proud of all he accomplished. He was a dancer, performer, Running Club member, jokester, and a little boy needing love. Staff will miss him dearly. Preparing for his transition staff wanted to pass on tips for how best to support him including wanting to pass on “how he likes to be tucked in at night" To help the new family, key Dorm B staff created a book listing things they had learned over the years about what he likes and needs to feel safe. For a child without a family, the Oak Grove Team often creates “family”. Staff work to make a difference in the life of a child and yet many times, the children make just as big of an impact in their lives. 

Congratulations to Little Man and all those youth before him and those yet to come. Oak Grove is honored to serve you and help with your growth and success.

To learn more about Little Man visit our Facebook page here. To become an Oak Grove Essential Employee, learn more here. We are hiring!
5 Youth Receive MISTT Award
MISTT (Most Improved Student Tales of Transformation) recognizes youth who have made significant progress in their treatment and education.

MISTT recognized five youth in September including two Triple Threat winners. The Triple Threat means that the youth has maintained the progress and worked on telling their own tale in a video highlighting their transformation. Congratulations to all the MISTT winners for their hard work and determination!

Oak Grove would also like to acknowledge Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club for their ongoing MISTT Sponsorship!
Blended Model Continues
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 using cohorts. Riverside County recently moved from the State's Purple tier into the Red tier. As the County continues to sustain this progress, Oak Grove prepares for the possibility of fully reopening, bringing students back to campus 5 days per week.

Click here for the latest update from Oak Grove's Director of Education.
OAK GROVE STAFF
The Dream Team
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Oak Grove Center has amazing staff that empower our youth and help transform lives every single day. We appreciate our Essential Workers. They are our Heroes!

September Meeting the Moment HEROES include:
Shannon Persson - Ranch * Beatriz Penland - Dorm C * Chris Fanning - Day * Kayla Sweaney - Dorm A * Sara Mestas - Clinical * Berlin Garcia-Swift - Day * Myrna Romero de Ojeda - ES * Erik De Haro - Dorm B

UPCOMING EVENTS
Car Clubs for Kids
Fall Car Show
Sunday, November 8
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Elks Lodge, Wildomar

A Classic Car show benefiting Oak Grove Center. Classic Cars, food, music, and a salute to our Veterans - be sure to join us!

For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact Kristi Piatkowski at (951)677-5599 x2238.

Presenting Sponsor
SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Wilson Creek Winery

Get ready to rock! Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Wilson Creek Winery, Rock the Oaks 2021 is on!

For more information or Sponsorship opportunities contact Kristi Piatkowski at (951)677-5599 x2238.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Oak Grove Ambassadors
Our Ambassador group keeps growing and we are so excited to welcome Judy Zulfiqar and Darcy Burke with Watermark Associates!

The Oak Grove Ambassadors are a group of distinguished, philanthropic community members ready to advocate and make an impact in the lives of at-risk and special needs youth. To learn more about the opportunity or to apply, email Kristi Piatkowski or call her at (951)677-5599 x2238.
Candy for A Cookie?
Donate a bag of candy at Culinary Creations before October 26th and get a FREE Cookie! Candy will be used for our Trunk-or-Treat night with the residential youth.

41923 2nd St #104
Temecula, CA 92590
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Adopt-A-Wish
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. See our Holiday Wish List here.

Email Kristi Piatkowski, Development Director, or call her at (951) 677-5599 for more information.
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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