At the Gabriel’s House Christmas Party on December 21, volunteers, staff, current residents, and a few past residents celebrated this holy season Santa made a special appearance with sacks full of gift for all the children—courtesy of many local organizations and individuals. The smiles on the children warmed the hearts of everyone in the room. Then it was the ladies turn to receive gifts donated by a very special volunteer. There were slippers and robes, wallets, and jewelry to choose from! The ladies’ smiles were just as heartwarming! Pastor Mike Collazo led Christmas carols, and everyone joined in to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Thanks to everyone who made this Christmas so full of joy for the women and children of Gabriel’s House.
Gene Haas Foundation Awards Grant to Gabriel’s House
Grants Administrator Katrina Veronica of the Gene Haas Foundation recently announced a $25,000 grant award to Gabriel’s House. This is a valued partnership that means so much to the residents of Gabriel’s House. The Gene Haas Foundation is investing in the most vulnerable among us—homeless women and children. Established in 1999 by Haas Automation Founder Gene Haas, the Gene Haas Foundation supports the needs of the local community and is one of the best examples of Oxnard businesses giving back. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.
Garden Party April 23, 2022
The Gabriel’s House Garden Party on April 23 raised hope for all our residents and those who will come through our doors in the months to come! Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we were able to raise needed funds to meet the escalating costs of caring for up to 30 women and children at our residential shelter. A special thanks to local artist Iris Carignan for donating three original paintings that we auctioned off to generous art collectors! We also want to thank all our board members, staff, and faithful volunteers who give so much of their time and resources to make these events a success.
Prayer Breakfast March 10, 2022
Pastors and church leaders gathered to pray for our world, our nation, our community and the women and children of Gabriel’s House. This is a quarterly occurrence when we invite our church partners to enjoy a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and a time of intentional prayer. At Gabriel’s House, prayer is foundational to all we do!
If you would like to attend our next Prayer Breakfast, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the invitation list.
National Women’s Day March 8, 2022
Leaders from Enterprise Holdings visited Gabriel’s House to encourage our residents on National Women’s Day. They came bearing roses and a delicious dinner for all the women and children. They also donated several sets of twin sheets. We are so grateful for these new friends and hope to build a long-lasting relationship with the caring and compassionate team at Enterprise Holdings!
If you would like to bring help and encouragement to the women and children of Gabriel’s House, please reach out us at email@example.com.
Residents Explore Their Artistic Side
Iris Carignan is a celebrated artist and art instructor from Thousand Oaks. Her landscape paintings have won awards and accolades. She’s also been a volunteer at Gabriel’s House, so when residents expressed an interest in learning to paint, Iris stepped up.
Bringing with her easels, canvases, oil paints and brushes, Iris began teaching a four-week painting class at Gabriel’s House in January. It’s been wonderful to see one of our youngest residents explore artistic expression, while another reconnects with a long-standing love for painting. Iris shares her artistic skill and passion with the women, while also sharing the stories of faith that have guided her life.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to give to the women and children of Gabriel’s House. Many of our women—young and old—are enjoying new hobbies and learning new skills in just months of coming to Gabriel’s House. We are grateful for all our volunteers who make a lasting impact on our residents. If you have a talent or skill to share, give us a call!
We can’t wait to see what God will do as we partner together to equip and enrich the lives of the women and children of Gabriel’s House. Inspiration is the catalyst for change!