With a 50 percent increase in rent in five years, San Luis Obispo County has had the highest rate of rental increases of any county in California. That translates into a substantial increase in the amount of upfront deposit for renters, creating an additional barrier to sustainable housing.
Oak Grove Center is a nonprofit that operates a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program and nonpublic schools. A number of its students live on-grounds. When schools throughout California were closed, the nonprofit was tasked with keeping the resident students occupied and engaged in all their therapies, as well as distance learning.
Bats are an often misunderstood animal, evoking unnecessary fear from humans, which has led to the undue persecution of the bat community for centuries. However, these misjudged creatures of the night aren’t as frightening or ominous as we portray them to be. In fact, bats play a crucial role in our ecosystem, saving the world billions of dollars in pesticides, pollination, and seed spreading, and benefiting numerous industries. It was this that inspired the Organization for Bat Conservation founder Rob Mies to dedicate his career to bat protection and conservation efforts, and to start this now successful nonprofit 20 years ago.