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Kaiser Permanente Orange County invests in violence prevention, awards $15K to Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation

Kaiser Permanente Orange County awarded a $15,000 grant to the Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC) Foundation, an Anaheim-based nonprofit. The grant was publicly recognized during OCFJC Foundation’s Kids Creating Change Graduation. Kaiser Photo_Check Presentation

The Kaiser Permanente grant will be earmarked to support the hiring of a part-time program manager to oversee OCFJC Foundations’ programs, including Kids Creating Change, Reel Teens/Real Talk, Back to School, Adopt-A-Family and YMCA Camp Partnership.

Kids Creating Change and Reel Teens/Real Talk – Youth Violence Prevention Programs

Kids Creating Change and Reel Teens/Real Talk is a 20-hour program that empowers young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to break the cycle of abuse. Children who witness violence at home and in the community need to develop healthy nonviolent strategies to respond to every-day stresses and that is why Kids Creating Change and Reel Teens/Real Talk was created. As of September 2013, they’ve graduated 379 youth from these programs.

“Kaiser Permanente’s investment in preventing violence among those at-risk – youth who are exposed to violence at home and in their neighborhoods – is inspiring. This grant allows the hiring of a part-time program manager for six months, who will manage all our programs”, says Kerith Dilley, OCFJC Foundation executive director. “This is adding much-needed infrastructure to better coordinate our violence prevention and direct victim services in order to break the cycle of violence.”

According to county data, since 2005, more than 3,000 felony and 13,000 misdemeanor domestic violence cases have been filed with the Orange County District Attorney’s office, and each year more than 3,000 women and children enter domestic violence shelters.

“Breaking the cycle of violence is a group effort,” said Program Manager Idalia Lazo-Bautista.  “I feel very fortunate to work with the children and youth in the City of Anaheim and surrounding cities, as we work together to break this vicious cycle through our Kids Creating Change and Reel Teens/Real Talk programs.”

Kids Creating Change is made possible, thanks to the generosity of: Kaiser Permanente, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, Target, Anaheim Community Foundation, In-N-Out Burger Foundation, Sempra Energy, Anaheim Rotary and Anaheim Hills Rotary and Southern California Edison.

About Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation.

Established in 2006, the OCFJC Foundation is a nonprofit created to financially maintain the many social services needed to empower survivors of family crimes to lead sustainable and violent-free lives. The OCFJC Foundation achieves this goal through fundraising events and campaigns. OCFJC Foundation offers youth violence prevention programs and direct victim assistance. To learn more about OCFCJ Foundation please visit their website at http://www.ocfjcfoundation.org, or call Kerith Dilley, OCFJC Foundation executive director at 714-765-1618.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.5 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. Kaiser Permanente Orange County currently serves more than 460,000 members through a network of approximately 6,300 employees and 960 physicians.  For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/newscenter.

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