Orange County Teenager's Effort to Help the Homeless Won't Be Stopped by COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

This Orange County teenager won't let the COVID-19 lockdown stop her from completing her service project to help a local homeless transitional shelter.

Online PR News – 11-August-2020 – PLACENTIA, Ca. – Life under lockdown hasn't stopped Orange County teenager Sarah Nadel from helping the homeless in her community. Nadel has collected over 200 new home essential items to give to residents of H.I.S. House, the Placentia-based homeless intervention and transitional living center, as well as procuring direct donations from several bedding and bath companies.

Nadel began her service project last October with the goal of earning the Girl Scout Silver Award. "The Silver Award encourages Girl Scouts to identify a need in their community and address it with a sustainable solution," she explained.

After taking a break to focus on school and theater productions, Nadel had expected to resume her service work this March. Then the COVID-19 shut everything down.

"At first I was dealing with school being upended by the lockdown," recounted Nadel. "But what I've experienced is nothing compared with the challenges that homeless families and individuals faced before coronavirus and even more so now."

Last fall Nadel held collections drives in her neighborhood, homeschool center, and theater company. A garage sale brought in $80 to purchase more of the needed items, including:

• Twin sheets
• Twin blankets
• Bath towels
• Washcloths
• Kitchen towels
• Bed pillows

Nadel's effort caught the attention of Placentia's then-mayor, Rhonda Shader, who selected her to receive the Do the Right Thing Award. According to the proclamation honoring Nadel, "These everyday heroes make great decisions and add value to our community and the City of Placentia values these special people for their contributions."

Upon reconnecting with H.I.S. House this summer, the rising ninth grader learned that the organization had expanded its services to homeless college students. The goal is to help them do well in school, obtain employment, and save money so they are able to transition into permanent housing.

"I have sent requests to over 100 bedding and bath manufacturers, importers, and retailers," said Nadel, "and several generous companies responded, including Amity Home, Riviera Towel Company, and Nandina Organics. The pandemic has made it very challenging to get a job, so H.I.S. House clients need our help more than ever. Please donate if you can."

About H.I.S. House
H.I.S. House, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving over 150 men, women, and children each year, operates as a 54-bed transitional housing program in Placentia, California. Residents can stay four to six months in a home-like environment while they establish themselves in a career and build up savings in order to transition into permanent housing. Companies and individuals wishing to donate may visit, email, or call (714) 993-5774.

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