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TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE ON DECK FOUNDATION,

THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR US HERE AT THE ON DECK FOUNDATION AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS AMAZING JOURNEY.

THERE IS A HUGE HOMELESS CRISIS HAPPENING STATE-WIDE WITHIN THE TAY (TRANSITIONAL AGE YOUTH, AGES 16-25) POPULATION. WITHIN THAT POPULATION ARE TWO (2) SUB GROUPS WHICH REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ACTION. THE FIRST GROUP IS WHAT IS CALLED THE TAFY (TRANSITIONAL AGE FOSTER YOUTH) POPULATION. THESE ARE YOUTH THAT AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER WERE RAISED BY THE STATE AND THEN LEFT WITHOUT THE MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT IN ADULTHOOD. THE SECOND GROUP ARE OUR HOMELESS PREGNANT TEENS. SADLY, MANY OF THESE GIRLS BELONG TO BOTH POPULATIONS.

HERE IS THE EXCITING NEWS…. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PROVIDING HOMES AND BEDS IN THE INLAND EMPIRE AND SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AREAS. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

WE HAVE THE HOUSING WE NEED TO START AND THEN TO CONTINUE COUNTY TO COUNTY. WHAT WE DON’T HAVE YET ARE THE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS TO FURNISH, SUPPLY AND UPKEEP EACH HOUSE AND FACILITY.

WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE 3C4A (COMMUNITY COLLEGE COUNSELORS/ ADVISORS ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION FOR ATHLETES) AND THE FAIRPLEX EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S CTEC (CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER) PROGRAM TO ENSURE A POSITIVE AND SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, VOCATIONAL AND CERTIFICATED EXPERIENCE AND INVOLVEMENT. THE FAIRPLEX CTEC PROGRAM PROVIDES ART CLASSES, CONSTRUCTION/ CARPENTRY, FABRIC, FASHION AND MERCHANDISING, FLEET MAINTENANCE, HOSPITALITY BUSINESS, JOURNALISM AND MARKETING, LANDSCAPE DESIGN/ HORTICULTURE AND WATER TACHNOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING WILL ALSO BE OFFERED AT EACH HOME TO BETTER FIT THE RESIDENTS NEEDS.

WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE ANY HELP THAT CAN COME FROM YOU, THE COMPANY YOUR WORK FOR, OR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR RELATIONSHIPS TO BE HAD FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE AND CAN BE DONE AT THE WEBSITE BY CLICKING THE DONATE BUTTON, OR YOU CAN SEND IT TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. A PHONE CALL TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW THAT CAN HELP IS JUST AS IMPORTANT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME READING THIS AND PLEASE VISIT ONDECKFOUNDATION.ORG TO SEE MORE ABOUT US.

BRETT P. PIERCE

FOUNDER

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