Six girls from David & Margaret Home for Girls, a residential treatment facility recently visited the set of awarding winning and #1 rated television show for Style Network “Clean House”. The popular one-hour program was taping its yard sale episode in Hesperia to raise money to assist the Hesperia householder, featured in the show scheduled to air in a few weeks. Hundreds of people arrived for the yard sale, which was held in a vacant Block Buster storefront on Main Street.
The “Clean House” host Niecy Nash took a break from her taping schedule to empower the girls with words of wisdom and advice about dreaming big and the power of having a dream. Ms. Nash is a celebrity supporter of “The Brightest Star, Inc., which seeks to build dreams and self esteem in children living in foster care.
“When I received the call, that Niecy was coming to the High Desert,” said Lea Cash, executive director of The Brightest Star, Inc. “And she could talk to some kids. I quickly called the staff at David & Margaret, because this would be a wonderful experience for the girls—one they are not likely to ever forget.”
Although, people from all walks of life were trying to get a glimpse or perhaps an autograph from Niecy, the girls who attended ranging in age from 14-16 years-old were her invited guests.
They experienced feeling special having the opportunity to meet and greet Ms. Nash all to themselves up close, intimate and personal. “That the Brightest Star way,” said Cash. “It makes an impact on the self-worth message the celebrity is trying to instill and deliver.”
The girls, though shy at first, asked Ms. Nash questions about her youth, children, and career. They asked questions about Ms. Nash on Comedy Central hit “Reno 911”. Ms. Nash shared information about herself—her dreams, and how she desired to become a movie star, when she was a young girl. She told them of the many obstacles, and challenges in her life that she overcame.
Nash says, “I never gave up. Never give up on your dreams.” One youth started to cry, Nash moves her closer to her, and they held hands.
The youth explains to Nash, how she felt about being there with her, seeing her on television, and wishing someday that she wanted to meet her.
“You are really so down to earth and I love you,” said the youth. She continued, “Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. It really means a lot.”
In Riverside and San Bernardino Counties there are over 10,000 children living in foster care. Children in need of hope and empowerment to never give up on their dreams, to set attainable goals that they can reach without feeling defeated towards the mountain like obstacles and challenges they face as youth in the foster care system.