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Save the Date!

Sarah Goodman

You are invited to join Mika for our
annual Open House on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Come hang out with our community leaders, youth, volunteers, partners, and staff at Mika's office!

We'll have light refreshments, Mika swag, and lots of opportunities to get involved!
Email with any questions or call our office at 949-645-0075

We hope to see you there!

1718 Monrovia Ave - Costa Mesa, 92627

Hope with a heavy heart

Sarah Goodman

I don’t know about you, but it’s already been a heavy week for me.

Finding out my best friend and her family lost everything in hurricane Harvey only two weeks after moving to Houston shakes life into perspective. Thankfully, she, her husband and their three boys are all safe but the devastation of losing everything is beyond comprehension for many of us. Maybe you also know people personally affected by the disaster of the storm and are grieving with those affected.

My heart is also heavy with the news that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) may be shut down. Not only would this be devastating to the almost 800,000 people who are currently enrolled in the program, but it would affect Mika’s work. Mary runs Mika’s after school program at Maple and is a recipient of DACA. She grew up in our Center St. community and is an incredible asset to our work. Her love for her community is clear every day when she comes to work, and the influence she has on our young students is inspiring.  DACA being taken away would mean that Mary could no longer legally work for Mika.

These are just two of the many things that make my heart heavy this week. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless reading the news or browsing our newsfeed but there are also many things that show us hope.

I’m finding my greatest source of strength and hope among my immigrant friends and neighbors and those facing what seem like very hopeless situations. Their lifelong resilience and trust that God is taking care of them reminds me that even in the darkest situations there can be light and hope.

It can also feel like there is nothing we can do. But there are a lot of tangible ways you can come alongside those in need today.

Consider volunteering somewhere this fall. Proximity to those different than us gives us a new perspective on life and can be one of the most powerful ways to see change in our own life. Send a text or an email to a friend facing a difficult situation to let them know you are thinking about them. Call your Senators and Representatives to tell them you support DACA (call (202) 224-3121 to connect).

There are also countless ways to give financially. Many of you have given to Mika over the last several weeks toward our urgent need, and for that I am extremely grateful. Today, my ask is that you simply consider giving something to someone, somewhere. It can feel like a small gesture when there is so much need, but it creates a solidarity and connection that blesses both the giver and the receiver.

I’m reminded that our hope is not in our government, it’s not in immigration reform, and it’s not in the compassionate acts of those who care. Our hope is in Jesus, and through him we can have confidence that he is making all things new. As you consider what action to take today, my prayer is that each of you find hope and see the newness Jesus can create through you.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tut

With Hope, Keturah

An Urgent Need For Children Here in Costa Mesa

Sarah Goodman

If you are a parent or grandparent, you know just how quickly your children grow up. Perhaps they are already off to college, or maybe you are just amazed that you are buying school supplies for a middle-schooler. You also likely know that the opportunities and challenges a child faces at 8, 9 or 10 years old can imprint a life for many years to come.

Here at Mika, I know many such children who are entering this critical phase. As such, I am writing to share with you an urgent funding request.

We need to raise $30,000 before our fall program begins on September 18th in order to fully staff and equip our youth programs. These funds will allow us to maintain our two program locations for our after-school program and keep all of our youth programs fully functioning for the fall.

The biggest need is to hire a Site Coordinator for our Center St. after-school program. These students attend Whittier Elementary where 82% of the students are English Language Learners and only 28% are performing to standard by the 6th grade in English Language Arts. If we cannot find the funding for this site location, the consequences are significant. A lifetime of learning and success potentially hangs in the balance for some of these children.

By giving generously you can help ensure we can equip these students with all they need to not only complete their homework, but to improve their literacy, comprehension, and develop into the leaders that they were created to be. The impact of this program is difficult to overstate: despite the odds being stacked against them, all of our high school graduates who have gone on to attend four year universities started in our after-school program. 

We are inviting you, our community of supporters, to stand alongside us. Would you consider partnering with us in this urgent need and help shapes lives for years to come?  In order to move forward with confidence, I really need your response by August 31st.

Click here to support this urgent need.

It's a privilege for me to advocate on behalf of our community and I'm so grateful that Mika has a community of supporters to reach out to in times of need. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly.