Vanguard’s Global Center for Women & Trafficking Director to speak at Saddleback Church’s two-day National Human Trafficking Awareness event

Modern day slavery is an estimated $9 billion global business. Over 27 million women, men, and children are victimized. Learn how the church, working through ordinary people, can respond to this man-made tragedy.

Saddleback Rancho Capistrano will host a free, 2-day National Human Trafficking Awareness Event on January 11-12, 2013:

Friday, January 11, 7-8:30pm
PRAYER VIGIL in Rancho Chapel

Saturday, January 12, 8:30am-12:30pm
SYMPOSIUM

Saturday’s featured speakers are:
Kay Warren, Co-Founder Saddleback Church
Sheila Houston, Founder, “Rare Coins Ministries”
Harmony Dust, Founder & Executive Director, “Treasures”
Sandra Morgan, Director, Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University
Nita Belles, Author, “In Our Backyard,” a Christian Perspective on trafficking in the US

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Vanguard University named in The Orange County Register’s 10 biggest stories in Costa Mesa for 2012

By MIKE REICHER and DEEPA BHARATH / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

This was the year that Costa Mesa officials rolled out their Homeless Task Force initiatives. They combine strict enforcement against smoking in parks and other common homeless behavior, with hiring a social worker and other measures meant to help people off the streets.

Aside from the nonprofits, the city’s resources are now directed to about 120 homeless people that officials consider Costa Mesa homeless. In October, volunteers with Vanguard University canvassed the city and interviewed hundreds of poor and homeless.

Read the full article, A look back at the 10 biggest stories in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, online here.

Read more on the homelessness research in the city of Costa Mesa here.

Vanguard’s Chrismas Fantasia showcases Premier Fine Arts program with Christ-Centered Music

Vanguard University’s 200-member concert choir and orchestra rang in the season with Christmas Fantasia, its annual holiday concert.  Led by the Department of Music Chair Dr. James Melton, the program featured performances by the Vanguard University Concert Choir and Orchestra, University Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Barbershop and Beautyshop Quartets, and the Vanguard Singers and Band.  These world-class performance groups have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.  Proceeds directly support students with scholarships and other educational resources through the Vanguard University Fund.

For more information about Fantasia, please visit vanguard.edu/fantasia.

For more information about Vanguard’s Music Program please visit vanguard.edu/music

Employees Community Fund of Boeing California Awards Women Veterans Grant to Vanguard University Centers

Women veterans in Orange County to benefit from community safety net designed to improve transition to civilian life

COSTA MESA, CA, December 12, 2012 – Vanguard University (VU), a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, announced today that its Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), in tandem with its Veterans Resource Center (VRC), is a recipient of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California’s 2012 Crystal Vision Awards. The grant was presented at a luncheon ceremony hosted by the Board of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California (ECF) at the Long Beach Marriott on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

According to the ECF, the purpose of the 2012 grant fund was to engender creativity and innovation in bolstering a nonprofit organization’s ability to provide services to veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life and employment. Being able to effectively remove the barriers to this transition is a key focus of the grant requirement.

Female veterans at risk twice as much as male counterparts

As more women join the military than any other time in history, they are sharing a greater portion of combat deployments. In Orange County alone, there are more than 9,600 women veterans. This number continues to increase as more Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans transition out of the military. In transitioning out of military life, women return to a support system that is primarily focused on males and has been slow to adapt to the unique challenges that face women veterans.

“Accepting the Employees Community Fund award for the launch of the OC Women Veterans Network was especially moving,” says Sandra Morgan, director of GCWJ. “The Boeing employees who attended, many of whom are veterans, are already making a difference through community. That’s the kind of community that will be at the foundation of our vision to grow a sustainable network that connects resources from private and public sectors to improve opportunity, access, and achievement for our women veterans living in Orange County.”

Education as a path to seamless transition

Many OIF/OEF Veterans are using higher education as a transition platform due to the excellent benefits provided under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. As a full Yellow Ribbon university, Vanguard student veterans benefit financially from additional programs designed to prepare them for transitioning successfully into the civilian workforce without the added burden and stress of mounting debt.

“This is a golden opportunity for GCWJ to expand our existing services to women, particularly because of Vanguard’s deep commitment to providing financial, emotional, and spiritual assistance to veterans,” says Brent Theobald, director of government affairs at Vanguard University. “As the first full Yellow Ribbon university in Orange County that also houses a Veterans Resource Center, we are perfectly poised to understand and provide the services that female veterans require given their unique experiences in the military. Equipping them with the tools to overcome academic and social challenges during transition and build pathways to wholeness and independence is our goal.”

“This is a time of great stress for our military, as many service members face repeated combat deployments,” says Carrie Bollwinkle, executive director of the Employees Community Fund. “Because of their commitment to women and veterans, Vanguard was one of ten organizations that applied for the 2012 Crystal Vision Grant. We are confident that Vanguard will be successful in addressing these critical needs by leveraging all of their resources and expertise.”

For more information about the Global Center for Women at Vanguard University, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj; for information about Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University, visit vanguard.edu/veterans

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University
714.966.5455
shana.martin@vanguard.edu