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Santa Cruz Homeless Get Some Extra Care From Sacramento Teens | Sacramento , California | Mercury News

Ron Quinn, 15, could have spent his spring break snowboarding in Lake Tahoe.
Instead, the Sacramento sophomore shunned the snow and was hard at work on Thursday painting the wood bunk beds in the Paul Lee loft at the Homeless Services Center on Coral Street.
Quinn was part of a group of 57 teens from two churches in the Sacramento area – Redeemer Covenant in Orangevale and Bayside West Covenant in Roseville – who used the break from school to help others rather than play with friends.
“I like to make a difference, and please people and make people smile,” he said. “I’m just happy to be helping out.”
Besides painting the loft, the teens, who stayed at the Mission Springs campground near Scotts Valley, also picked up trash around Coral Street, helped refurbish the family shelter’s computer lab, offered a day camp for homeless children and painted an elaborate mural of the Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper on the wall of one of the family shelter’s lounge areas.
They spent time with the homeless kids by escorting them on excursions to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in Santa Cruz.
The teens also visited the Senior Center in Watsonville, where they painted doors, scraped gum off the walkway and painted lines in the parking lot.
Mike Kittredge, volunteer coordinator for the Homeless Services Center, said the work by the youth group was important for the homeless folks as well as a vital lesson for the teens to take home.
“We wouldn’t be updating the computer lab and offering a full-day camp,” Kittredge said. “But more importantly, I see this work as an opportunity for these volunteers to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the issues that affect the homeless.
“I hope they take this experience back to their communities and see how they might address homelessness in their communities.”
Mikayla Allison, 15, described the week helping homeless in Santa Cruz as “life changing.