Each year The Humanity of Justice Foundation conducts an annual Pajama Drive, collecting pajamas and stuffed animals during the months of December and January to be donated to local foster homes and shelters. With 17.5% of children in Riverside County living in poverty and temperatures dropping for the winter, the Humanity of Justice Foundation has contributed each year, since 2012, to giving these children the warmth and comfort they deserve. Thank you to the businesses and agencies that have hosted our decorative boxes for the drive over the years!
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to continue the “Humanity Bears” program, launched in 2014. This is an effort to place teddy bears in patrol vehicles so that when a law enforcement officer removes a child from an abusive household, and places him or her in the custody of child welfare workers, the child will have a comforting object to make the experience less traumatic.
Real Men Read
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to provide financial support for the Real Men Read Program through a continuing grant of Barnes and Noble gift certificates to be given to the child participants each time they reach a reading milestone. Real Men Read is a young men’s literacy program that emphasizes how good reading skills and practices will benefit its participants throughout their lives. In addition to being exposed to different types of literature, the participants are given the opportunity to hear from “real men” from the community whom articulate how reading has benefited them in their private and professional lives.
Therapeutic Riding Center
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to support Lend-A-Hand Therapeutic Riding Center. Our first grant benefited children of abuse at both Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes and Oak Grove Center For Education Treatment & The Arts. Our second grant enabled a designated child to continue healing with the Therapeutic Riding program. Our third grant will continue to enable more children to receive the benefits of this wonderful program.
New Beginnings Group Home Outreach
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to partner with New Beginnings Group Home to offer outreach and education on child abuse prevention to young at-risk teenage mothers. Focus issues include abuse, neglect, shaken baby syndrome, and positive discipline. Additionally, we are delighted to provide these juvenile mothers with gift cards to Babies-R-Us to help them get started!
Every child deserves happy Christmas memories. The Humanity of Justice Foundation is thrilled to participate each year in the Division of Victim Services Annual Giving Tree campaign by providing gifts for deserving families and children of abuse. Merry Christmas from The Humanity of Justice Foundation!
Child Abuse Awareness
About 40 million children worldwide suffer abuse every year, with more than 1,500 children dying of abuse in the United States annually. It is imperative for us at The Humanity of Justice Foundation to spread awareness and knowledge about child abuse and neglect. Every April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Humanity of Justice Foundation dedicates the month to outreach efforts by way of social media outreach, community events, and conference attendance. 2016 even marked our first Team 5K run to spread awareness!
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is motivated to attend local conferences in an effort to spread awareness and knowledge regarding child abuse and neglect. Some of these conferences include RCRMC Foundation’s annual “It’s time to Talk About It” and HOPE Collaborative’s annual “Children’s Conference”.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to donate annually to The County of Riverside Family Justice Center’s participation in National Crime Victim’s Rights Week during the month of April. During the week, several candlelight vigils are held across the county in remembrance of victims of crime. The Humanity of Justice Foundation consistently contributes to the costs of these vigils, as well as attends the vigils to honor those lost.
Human Trafficking Awareness
According to the US State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. Half of them are children and California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and The Humanity of Justice Foundation is dedicated to fighting against Human Trafficking. In 2015, we contributed to the BREAK Teen Trafficking event with funding and attendance. In 2016, we contributed TEN canvas tote bags full of hygiene products to The Family Justice Center’s Dignity Bag drive for victims of Human Trafficking.
Kids Court & Counseling Center
In 2016 The Humanity of Justice Foundation was pleased to hold its annual Ladies Tea with 100% proceeds of the event being donated to Kids Court & Counseling Center. Kids Court is a local agency which helps children who are victims of crime, witnesses of crime, or participants in foster care, prepare for both attending and testifying in court. Kids Court teaches children how to reduce their trauma, increase the validity of their testimony and how to leave court feeling empowered instead of re-victimized. Kids Court relies on private donations to fund its free counseling services to children who need it most, when they need it most.
Rancho Damacitas Ice Cream Party
Since July is National Ice Cream month, The Humanity of Justice Foundation was happy to organize and fund an ice cream event for all the kids at Rancho Damacitas in July 2016. Rancho Damacitas is a local Temecula organization consisting of six family-style cottages housing up to 36 children ages 6—18 years old, and a transitional housing program serving former foster youth.
Paws for Healing
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to donate to Paws 4 Healing, an all-volunteer organization in Southern California founded in September 2003 by a group of experienced Animal-Assisted Therapy teams. They provide animal-assisted activity services, which are casual “meet and greet” activities that involve pets visiting with people.
In the past several years, California courtrooms have seen the use of dogs to comfort children who must testify in court against their abusers. Many children are able to relax when animals are present and tests have shown that the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure can be dramatic. Animals can also open a channel of emotionally safe, non-threatening communication and the dog’s presence may open a path through the child’s initial resistance to testify. Animals have a way of accepting without qualification, so the dog’s presence on the witness stand can help a child endure very difficult testimony about all forms of abuse. It is our hope that child victims in Riverside County will also benefit from dogs in the courtroom!
SAFE Alternatives for Everyone
The Humanity of Justice Foundation is proud to support SAFE Alternatives for Everyone, an exceptional local organization working to end family violence. The Humanity of Justice Foundation attends and donates to SAFE’s Annual Denim & Diamonds event.
Domestic Violence Outreach
In 2015 The Humanity of Justice Foundation was asked to assist a young mother and her child who were both the victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, children are often the forgotten victims of domestic violence, and yet they retain lasting scars from witnessing domestic abuse. Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year. The Humanity of Justice Foundation was overjoyed to provide new furniture from IKEA to help the young mother and her child with a fresh start!
In 2015 The Humanity of Justice Foundation was fortunate to meet a little girl name Ellie. Born at C.H.O.C. (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) addicted methamphetamine and PCP, Ellie was abandoned at the hospital by her biological mother. Over the past 10 years Ellie has endured over 40 surgeries and yet remains a strong, optimistic, amazing little girl. In an effort to raise money for the hospital where she has spent the majority of her childhood, The Humanity of Justice Foundation was honored to contribute to Team Ellie for the annual C.H.O.C. Walk!