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Justin’s House first summer camp – a great success!

In mid-July, Justin’s House held its first summer camp for youth, focusing on building life skills and family unity. Each day highlighted a different core value such as courage and acceptance and was paired with a culinary theme. Participants prepared a family meal each day lead by culinary professionals of Bay Area, who are graduates [...]

August 28th, 2016|Announcement, In the News|0 Comments

Young Chefs Give Back to their Community For Justin’s House Summer Camp

The opportunity to run our first camp allowing us to serve kids presented itself last fall after a conversation Jennifer, a fellow board member, and I had with the CEO of Bill Wilson Center, Ms. Sparky Harlan. The result of that conversation was a partnership and the idea of a 10 day Culinary and [...]

August 27th, 2016|Announcement, Journey, Stories|0 Comments

First Annual “Awareness-Raiser” a Huge Success!!

On March 25, 2015 our first fundraiser was held at Fiorillo’s Italian Restaurant in Santa Clara. Over 180 community members were in attendance at this very special event that included a delicious meal, guest speakers, a raffle, and a live auction. Our goal was three-fold: 1) to raise awareness about our nonprofit and its mission, [...]

June 24th, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

Development of a Risk Management Program

We will be working on establishing policies and outlining procedures based on identified risks applicable to our program of work for the purpose of protecting the kids we serve, our staff members (board members, volunteers and paid employees), our program activities, and our site. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer or [...]

June 2nd, 2015|Announcement|0 Comments

The Story of Penelope the Flying Pig

Shortly after Justin passed away and I began to develop my vision for a Justin’s House, I also began to talk about it out loud to anyone who would listen. I was told about a conversation a co-worker of Justin’s had with a very grumpy family member of Justin’s when the co-worker asked this family [...]

March 23rd, 2015|Foundation|0 Comments

Featured in Santa Clara Weekly, February 25, 2015

We were featured in a beautifully written story in the Santa Clara Weekly this week. Read journalist Melissa McKenzie's article below. New Non–Profit Inspires Youth to Live Beyond Addiction By Melissa McKenzie In January 2013, Kelly Villarreal and her husband, Justin Bell, were acclimating to their new life in Oregon. Villarreal had retired early from [...]

February 26th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments