6th Annual Back to School Bash Supports over 500 Foster Youth with over $100K in Donations

James Storehouse partners with Homes with Heart VC for largest ever back to school, Covid-19 friendly, drive through event.  

On Saturday, August 1st, James Storehouse hosted their largest 6th annual back-to-school event in collaboration with Homes with Heart VC. Due to Covid-19, the event was transformed into a full service drive through experience complete with socially distanced superheroes, princesses and a Mister Softee treat to round out the day. 

The event drew in over 700 pre-registered families along with over 500 youth in care to select from a variety of brand new backpacks, name brand tennis shoes, and other essential school supplies all passed out by masked community volunteers. Over $100K in donated items was provided for the event by community members and local organizations.  

“We had the most amazing time supporting our youth in care this weekend,” said Jaci Johnson, Program Coordinator III  of Recruitment at County of Ventura, Human Services Agency. “This is the 6th year we have collaborated with James Storehouse to benefit the kids, and we were so excited that Covid-19 didn’t stop us from bringing in so many deserving families by reverting to a drive through experience.”  

Please see the DropBox link below for photos, videos, and interviews from the event for your review to share with your audience, courtesy of Consortium Media. I have also attached a press release below with additional information. 

6th Annual Back to School Bash Supports over 500 Foster Youth with over $100K in Donations 

Stacy DeWitt, Executive Director at  James Storehouse said, “This is the biggest turn out in the six years we’ve been hosting this event, I couldn’t be happier with the turn out and we encourage the community to continue donating items that can benefit our most vulnerable population and make them feel loved.”  

For more information about Homes with Heart VC, visit: www.Homeswithheartvc.com 

For more information about James Storehouse, visit: www.jamesstorehouse.org 

About Homes with Heart VC 

Recognized as a best practice leader statewide in the family recruitment and support component of child welfare, Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Homes with Heart VC, previously known as Foster VC Kids, was developed to increase the amount of loving resource families who are ready to take in children in need in Ventura County.  

This initiative provides resource families with ongoing support services, trauma-informed training, and mentorship to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of Ventura County’s youth and families.   

Learn how Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Homes with Heart VC is making a difference throughout Ventura County, www.homeswithheartvc.org.      

About James Storehouse  

James Storehouse is a 501(c)(3) community based non-profit. We partner with local public and private child welfare agencies. James Storehouse fulfills emergency requests to expedite safe placement of babies and children and to assist aged-out youth as they transition. We have received commendations from Los Angeles County and Ventura County recognizing our service to the foster care community. 



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