Less than 24 hours after returning from San Diego where the Oakland Raiders faced the Chargers in a hard-fought American Football Conference Western Division contest, members of the Oakland Raiders including wide receiver Rod Streater, tight end David Ausberry and offensive linemen Andre Gurode and Matt McCants ventured into the community to spread holiday cheer.
The players visited Covenant House California located in Oakland’s Jack London Square where they met with the facility’s residents and staff and delivered blankets, caps, and socks to the residents of the facility. The residential program offers comprehensive services that assist youth in developing self-sufficiency needed to successfully transition to independent living including life skills, educational and employment services
“It was good to go there and see the people and bring a smile to their face, just to give back to the people there who [are] trying to change their life and get back on track,” said Streater, the team’s leading receiver this year and also one of the most active players in community endeavors.
“Any time you can give back it’s a blessing and I am where I am, I think, because of what I’ve done. Giving back and helping others has always been a big thing for me. Anytime you can give back, I think it’s a good thing to do” he added.
The players also spend quality time with the facility’s residents in addition to delivering the Raider-themed items.
“Youth residents at Covenant House California’s facility in Jack London Square, Oakland were delighted to receive a visit today from several Oakland Raiders,” said Jill Battaalen, Bay Area Associate Development Officer for Covenant House California.
“The youth were excited and inspired to meet the players and have a chance to sit down and talk to them. Their energy and spirits were lifted and they were especially touched that they stopped by during the holidays,” she added.
Covenant House (CHC) California is a non-profit agency whose mission is to reach out to at-risk homeless youth living on the streets and offer them hope and opportunities to turn their lives around. CHC helps abused or neglected youth who have nowhere else to go. A large number have been thrown out of their homes while others have aged out or left the foster care system with no family, no support, and no one to turn to.