Officers from LBPD visit Waymakers to serve Thanksgiving Dinner

Several officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department visited Waymakers Youth Shelter on Thursday and served Thanksgiving dinner to the kids in residence.

Founded in 1972, Waymakers came into existence when a University of California, Irvine professor, a few of his students, and a Costa Mesa Police Department captain recognized the need to provide diversion counseling for delinquent youth and their families. 

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Officers Radel and Meyer

As pioneers working within local law enforcement agencies, their efforts led to the creation of a new nonprofit serving at-risk youth in Orange County.

Sgt Jim Cota of LBPD said, “Officers visit Waymakers Youth Shelter every Thanksgiving. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with those who are away from their families during the holidays.” 

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(L-R) Officers Harari, Meyer, Radel, and Kraus

Waymakers is a nonprofit resource building safer communities by helping people find their way. Whether redirecting youth offenders, helping sheltered children get back on track, unifying troubled families, resolving community conflicts, or empowering victims of violence, Waymakers clears the path so clients can advance beyond crisis

“There was a wonderful Thanksgiving spread which was donated to the house,” says Sgt Cota. “The officers really enjoyed their visit to Waymakers – the memorable conversations with the kids over dinner, and hours spent playing the guitars and a board game with them. It was refreshing to have today’s youth see law enforcement in a different light.” 

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