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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) for the Holidays campaign and gift card drive. 
Posted 10/30/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 30, 2019

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / / mobile: 760.705.6919


HOPE for the Holidays: Mt. Diablo Unified’s Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless and foster youth with gift card drive

Number of homeless students in the District increasing - up to 488 from 300 a year ago


WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) for the Holidays campaign and gift card drive. 


WHEN:  Now through December 1, 2019


WHY:  MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) program is committed to addressing barriers to educational success for homeless students and foster youth and ensuring the educational success of all students in the district. HOPE School Social Workers and other staff work with homeless families and foster youth caregivers to reduce stressors and connect families with needed resources, including housing resources, employment assistance, health care and health insurance, mental health care services, and other supports.  Currently, there are 488 students (TK-12th grade) identified as homeless within MDUSD, up from about 300 a year ago, and 107 foster youth.


Donors can help in the following ways:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to “Mt. Diablo HOPE,” 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by utilizing Venmo under “MDUSD HOPE”
  • Buy gift cards in any amount that enable parents and guardians to select their own items for their children and buy groceries. Department store and grocery store gift cards can be dropped off at the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA, or mailed and dropped off at Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.  This is our greatest need.  
  • Buy gift cards in the amounts of $25 or $50 from the following businesses and mail/drop off at the HOPE office;  these will be given directly to students so they can purchase something just for themselves:



Old Navy


Movie theaters

Chuck E. Cheese


Generic pre-paid credit cards




Each donation directly benefits homeless students and foster youth.   Donations of any amount are considered generous and are welcome year-round. For additional information, please contact MDUSD’s Student Services Department and School & Community Services program at 925.682.8000 extension X3054 or email


In accordance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act (2002) related to homeless students, and AB 490 (2003) related to foster youth, MDUSD School Linked Services staff assist schools, homeless shelters, foster care group home providers, foster parents, and students to enroll students in school immediately; to remain in the school of origin for the duration of time that the student is legally homeless or in foster care, to obtain transportation to/from school, to obtain needed nutrition & free meals at school, and to have access to the same programs and opportunities available to all students, and to ensure that education is provided in the least restrictive environment.