From the Directors’ Den:
It seems spring flew by so quickly and already summer is here! Finally a much needed break for
kids from the daily grind of school but also the potential for boredom to set in once the excitement of free time wears off. Some families will be taking vacations, others opting to stay close to home while kids attend a variety of summer camp possibilities in our community. We are proud to be joining the ranks of summer camp providers for the first time this July with our “Life Through Food” 2 week day camp. We are excited about the opportunity to work with 16 kids for the first time as we bear witness to Justin’s House becoming a reality. We are thankful for all of the inspiring professionals who have volunteered to participate in our program, sharing their talents and wisdom, and we believe these 10 days will impact lives in a positive way. Stay tuned everyone- great things are happening!
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1st Annual Chili Cook Off – A Huge Success!
Over 200 enthusiastic chili eaters and makers supported Justin’s House on Sunday, April 24th at our first annual Chili Cook-Off. We are so grateful to the 13 teams who provided great tasting chili and fantastic spirit with their rockin’ decorations and costumes and to the many volunteers who handled everything from check in to the snack bar, music, and games areas. We couldn’t have done it without you! Bragging rights for our three categories of judging go to:
Best of Show (Decorations): Rocky’s Island Hut
People’s Choice: The Green Team
1st – Stand Up For Kids
2nd – The Adams Family
3rd – Hot Mammas
Most importantly, we are so thankful to you – our friends, family and community members who came out to spend the afternoon learning about the mission of Justin’s House while having a great time listening to music, talking with friends, and eating some delicious chili! The event had many goals – spread the word about Justin’s House, recruit volunteers and participants for our summer camp, and raise necessary funds for the camp and other programming. You helped us reach all three! The event raised just over $5,000.00 which will provide camp for over 15 kids and support throughout the school year. Thank you! We also raised awareness in the broader Santa Clara community with this great article from the Santa Clara Weekly.
Keep your eyes open for news of our next Chili Cook-Off scheduled for 2017.
To ensure the ability of Justin’s House to accomplish its mission, this quarter our work will focus on: