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WENDY’S WINDOW: Hope for the Holidays
By Wendy Gladney
Published October 10, 2019

Wendy Gladney (File photo)

Issues such as homelessness, poverty and lack of resources for low income and less fortunate individuals is increasing daily.  For America to be one of the richest countries on the earth it is a shame the alarming rate that hunger, homelessness and poverty are growing.  Although the Bible tells us the poor will be with us always, there are still ways we can help the situation.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reports there are over half a million homeless people in the United States and the official poverty rate is around 12 percent.  An estimated 40 million Americans live in poverty.  They all deserve hope for the coming holidays and every day.

Community Action Partnership is a national organization. Their mission is to ensure the causes and conditions of poverty are effectively addressed and to strengthen, promote, represent, and serve the Community Action Network. Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC), under the leadership of Gregory C. Scott, has been on the forefront of helping to eradicate hunger, homelessness and poverty in Southern California. CAP OC will be kicking off the holiday season by holding their 2ndAnnual Hope for the Holidays Dinner and everyone is invited.

The vision of both Mr. Scott and CAPOC is to expose the serious problem of poverty across Southern California and how we can all work together to eradicate this problem during our lifetime. On October 13ththey will hold their Annual Hope for the Holidays Dinner.  It will be held in Santa Ana at the DTSA. The event will be an evening filled with a Mexican folkloric dance performance, a silent auction and delicious 10-12 course Omakase-style meal by renowned chef Jason Quinn from the hit show on the Food Network called, “The Great Food Truck Race.” This is just one way we can all give back and make a difference.


CAP OC is mindful that while guests of their event will be dining on scrumptious food, there will be many that will go hungry that very evening.  Their goal is to raise much needed funds to help end that problem.  Not only will the funds continue to help boost their Food Bank Program, they also have their Adopt-a-Family Program, Turkey Drive and a Virtual Food Drive.  The holidays always represent a special time of the year, CAP OC is determined to help those fighting poverty and low-income families that have basic needs such as food provided for their tables. Statistics in their area show that 1 out of 5 children go to bed hungry every night.  Over 7,000 are homeless and over 300,000 individuals and families deal with some level of food insecurity.

CAP OC hopes to be a vehicle that can bridge the poverty problem that exists across Southern California.  We all know that homelessness, poverty and hunger plague many Americans throughout Southern California.  For close to a half century CAP OC has evolved into one of Orange County’s most comprehensive anti-hunger and poverty relief organizations.  CAP OC’s aim is to make a positive impact in people’s lives by helping them meet basic needs and strengthen their support system.  Their position is to identify neighborhood concerns and find unique solutions.  They are committed to mobilizing direct resources to programs that assist, educate and promote self-sufficiency. We can all make a difference and bring hope to others not only during the holidays but every day.

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Visit,  and www.forgivingforliving.orgto learn more. Wendy is an international coach, consultant, author and speaker.

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