The first playhouse donated to Aspiranet was auctioned for $250 at the first annual Cherish Fundraiser for Foster Kids that went to Monterey County’s Cherish Receiving Center, a safe haven for youth to go when they are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Contra Costa County’s First 5 Family Resource Centers: Delta First 5 Center and Monument First 5 Center, both programs contracted through Aspiranet, have received playhouses for their centers. These family resource centers, funded by California First 5 Prop 10, provide no-fee classes, workshops, activities and events to families with children under the age of 5, fulfilling the nonprofit’s lasting mission to create innovative programs and services to help young children grow up healthy and excel in their academic studies. Habitat for Humanity has also agreed to continue to work with Aspiranet programs in the future, donating playhouses to foster families and other partnering centers.
Since 2010, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley has collaborated with numerous local corporations, community groups and Habitat volunteers to build and donate children’s playhouses to local families and services organizations working with children.
“We are thrilled to receive the support from a fellow nonprofit like Habitat for Humanity who shares a common value to provide nurturing communities for youth,” said Odessa Caton, district director for Aspiranet. “There is nothing more special than seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they received their new playhouse, especially around the holiday season. We look forward to continuing our work with Habitat for Humanity in the future.”
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services throughout 45 locations within California. Some of Aspiranet’s programs include: treatment foster care, transitional housing, residential care, mental health counseling, family services, inclusion services for children with developmental challenges and therapeutic behavioral services and school based behavioral and educational supports.
Founded 37 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, Calif., Aspiranet is one of the most diverse nonprofit social service agencies in the state. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has served more than 15,000 families and children since its founding. For more information, please visit www.aspiranet.org.
About Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat EB/SV revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Since 1986, Habitat EB/SV has partnered with volunteers, the community, and qualified families with limited incomes to strengthen communities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties. For more information, please visit
www.HabitatEBSV.org or call 866-450-4432.