Nonprofit Kicks Off Hopeful Campaign

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More than 300 people kicked off a local nonprofit’s service campaign over the weekend, with the hope to end homelessness for Orange County kids.

Camp Project Hope was held Sunday at the Chuck Jones Center by 24 carrots at South Coast Collection (SoCo) in Costa Mesa.

The event jump started Project Hope Alliance’s “Hope for 500” campaign, aimed at ending homelessness for 500 children and their families in Orange County by the end of 2014.

The local charity helps homeless and unstably housed children and their families in Orange County, including in the Newport-Mesa area, through education, support services and community advocacy.

The outdoor event included food, art, music, and family-friendly activities.

A 214-square-foot interactive motel display was also on hand to demonstrate how many families live in Orange County.

Guests also learned more about the Project Hope Alliance’s goals for the year and heard a message from the organization’s Executive Director, Jennifer Friend, who shared her story as a motel kid.

For more information, visit projecthopealliance.org.

Project Hope Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Friend  talks with guests inside a 214-square-foot interactive motel exhibit displayed at the event on Sunday. — All photos by Shannon Vermeeren
Project Hope Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Friend talks with guests inside a 214-square-foot interactive motel exhibit displayed at the event on Sunday.
— All photos by Shannon Vermeeren
A child enjoys an activity at Camp Project Hope.
A child enjoys an activity at Camp Project Hope.
Visitors look around the Chuck Jones Center during the event.
Visitors look around the Chuck Jones Center during the event.
Project Hope Alliance Programs and Outreach Coordinator Susi Eckelmann talks with guests at the event.
Project Hope Alliance Programs and Outreach Coordinator Susi Eckelmann talks with guests at the event.
The 214-square-foot exhibit demonstrates a typical motel room a homeless family lives in Orange County.
The 214-square-foot exhibit demonstrates a typical motel room a homeless family lives in Orange County.
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