Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day Eight

By: Sara De Leeuw

Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage altruism and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.


Day Eight – Operation SafeHouse Source:


Helping teens in Riverside County, Operation SafeHouse provides emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services to youth in crisis. Focusing on runaway, homeless and exploited youth, Operation SafeHouse also assists with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking task force.

In business for 25 years and with shelters in Riverside and Thousand Palms, Operation SafeHouse is well equipped to handle runaway, homeless and other youth in crisis. Teens who don’t know where else to go are always welcome at the shelters—all they have to do is show up. Operation SafeHouse has a 21-day Emergency Shelter Program, which provides immediate help to youth ages 11-17 and their families who are experiencing crisis situations. Staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Main Street Transitional Living Program, Cup of Happy and Depression Treatment and a Counseling Center round out just some of the programs run by Operation SafeHouse.

Operation Safe House also operates The SafeHouse Thrift Store. Located in Riverside, the thrift store accepts donations of gently used items and all proceeds benefit The SafeHouse Programs for Youth in Crisis.Donate and visit SafeHouse Thrift Store at 9571 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503. Hours are Tuesday and Saturday from 10a.m. to 6p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Call (951) 299.-8783 for more information.

Volunteers are always needed and much appreciated! For more info please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Dana Darby, at If you can’t donate your time, please donate items that are listed on the Wish List. which you can find posted on their website. Items on Operation SafeHouse's list include: Sports equipment, games, art supplies, gift cards and clothing in assorted sizes.

Remember that sharing is caring, and if you can’t personally give back, share it with someone who can! #ieshineon #12daysofgiving.