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Movement Mortgage launched a company-wide fundraiser supporting Just in Time as part of their Being Human project. Together, the employees of Movement Mortgage brought in $10,000 to support JIT’s My First Home service, which will help us transform empty apartments into warm homes for 10 deserving young people!

December 3, 2021
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Dec. 4: My First Home for the Holidays

Dec. 9: Coach Approach to Mentoring

Dec. 16: New Volunteer Info Session

Dec. 24: JIT Offices Closed

 

Making Seasons Bright with
MG Properties Group

by Caitlin Radigan

 

MG Properties Group’s philanthropy committee, MG Gives Back, has been enthusiastic about deepening their relationship with Just in Time by coordinating in-person events where MG employees can invest their time to serve youth participants. On November 15 and 17, the MG Gives Back team participated in two unique volunteer events to assemble holiday gift baskets and festively decorate a youth’s home. 

 

Divided into two teams, the first collaborated with JIT Director of Operations, Reshae, to complete a scavenger hunt of items from Target to assemble holiday gift baskets that included items such as gloves, scarves, ornaments, candles, coffee mugs, hot cocoa, and games. The group put together a total of 10 holiday gift baskets that were raffled off to lucky JIT participants for Thanksgiving!

The second team met with JIT Youth Services Coordinator, Emilio, at Home Depot to surprise a deserving young person with a Christmas tree and decorations. We invited JIT participant Marie to be a consultant for holiday shopping for “Ana” but little did she know that she was picking out items for herself! Marie’s home underwent a holiday makeover that turned out fabulously festive thanks to the MG Gives Back team!  

Marie shared, “November and December have become somewhat challenging months for me, for them to surprise me like that meant a lot! Having this experience, especially with [JIT staff] Emilio and Ozzy, meant a lot. It’s nice to feel seen for who you are while being around good energy. The volunteers from MG were kind and engaging though the whole experience.”

Thank you to the MG Properties Group team for being such amazing partners and helping provide unforgettable experiences to transition age foster youth in San Diego County.

 

Rise to Resilience Update

by Simone Hidds-Monroe

 

Our health, wellness, and healing service, Rise to Resilience, is nearing the completion of the “Body Movement & Nourishment” series. The focus of this multi-workshop series was inviting participants to practice body movement through yoga and reflect on their relationship with food. The series was held virtually via Zoom and co-facilitated by our partners from Leah’s Pantry, a nonprofit dedicated to trauma-informed nutrition and inspiring healthy habits.

 

During the yoga component of the series, participants practiced hygienic body movements through yoga principles of breath and pose. Facilitators provided various yoga poses including alternatives to those with injuries, those who are currently pregnant, and those that are new to yoga. Participants were invited to do poses that were comfortable for each of their unique bodies.

Participants also contributed to the healing community by engaging in the community pause and reflect discussions and having their cameras on during each workshop. 

In addition to yoga, participants explored their individual relationships with food. Our partners at Leah’s Pantry led interactive workshops that allowed participants to practice awareness and mindfulness of their eating habits and gut health.

As JIT participant Athina shared, “It’s been a great learning experience to reconnect with my mind and body,” adding, “Even though it’s been tough learning through a virtual space it’s still been awesome that JIT is putting in the effort to get us moving.”

Rise to Resilience is now preparing to launch its final workshop series of the year, “Reflect. Create. Express,” a virtual series dedicated to participants reflecting on their experiences in the past year and creatively expressing their journey through art. The series will be co-facilitated by our friends at Outside the Lens, an organization dedicated to elevating people’s creative expression, with activities that integrate self-reflection through music, photography, and writing. Community members are welcome to join! Email risetoresilience@jitfosteryouth.org if you’d like to learn more.