• Jane O'Connor, Communications Intern

Not only do we get to kick off summer today, but we also get to celebrate all of the great fathers and father figures in our lives! Happy Father’s Day to the special dads out there!

Today we recognize the importance that fathers and father figures have in a family dynamic. It is vital for people to appreciate and express gratitude for the influence fathers have had on their children and significant others. Family Promise of Orange County recognizes the special roles fathers play in their children’s lives and is thankful for all they do to make a difference. We’ve had three families this year enter our program that are single-father households!

Fathers and father figures can have significant impacts on the lives of their children and those around them. Studies have shown that when a father provides words of affirmation, emotional support, and affection towards their children, those kids not only gain self-confidence, but also improve their cognitive development and social skills. All people, especially children, are influenced by those whom they spend time with in their daily lives, and father-child relationships play a valuable role in the lives of growing children. (Source:

Family Promise of Orange County commends fathers who have shown immense strength, bravery, and patience when dealing with the stress and challenges of experiencing homelessness. Today and every day, we are inspired by fathers and father figures helping their families be the best they can and continue to support those in need of a safe and healthy home.

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  • Jane O'Connor, Communications Intern

Over the past year, families have faced many challenges when dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic caused extreme amounts of stress with regard to people’s health and well-being, but it has taken a toll on businesses, family dynamics, housing, and more.

Family Promise of Orange County recognizes how difficult the past year has been for families who have been affected by the pandemic and have not been able to maintain a safe home environment for their families. It takes immense courage and strength to seek out help and take the steps necessary to improve one’s living situation.

The housing crisis in America affects families all across the country, and many more families are currently facing homelessness due to the pandemic. During the spring of 2020, it was concluded that the national unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, which was the highest rate in the history of the data since 1948. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics) As a result, in January 2021, out of the 15.1 million adults living in rental housing, 1 in 5 adult renters were behind on their rent. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) With the eviction moratorium expiring on June 30th, many more families are facing eviction in a few short weeks.

The pressure to maintain a job and secure safe housing in order to provide for one’s family in the midst of a deadly pandemic takes a toll on one’s physical and mental health. Family Promise of Orange County continues to be committed to addressing the root causes of family homelessness in order to ensure that every child has a safe, stable home.

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  • Jane O'Connor, Communications Intern

This week’s Congregational Spotlight features one of our host congregations, Irvine United Congregational Church, located in Irvine, California. Reverend Dr. Sarah Halverson-Cano, Senior Pastor, and Reverend Steve Swope, Administrative Pastor, provide leadership for the church and are accompanied by a great group of several church officers and ministry and committee chairs. Irvine United Congregational Church focuses on worshipping God, studying the Bible and related religious texts, and working towards peace as members of a Christian community. After forming in 1979, Irvine United Congregational Church encouraged and welcomed all people in the community, and continues to be influential to this day.

Irvine United Congregational Church initially was involved with Family Promise as a support congregation for host congregation Church of the Foothills, providing meals and volunteers to assist during their hosting weeks. Irvine UCC then decided to branch out and host families at their own campus, becoming a host congregation in 2019. Sharon Lynn serves as Coordinator of the ministry at Irvine UCC, and is supported by an amazing group of volunteers who provide countless meals and serve as overnight hosts for our families.

We at Family Promise are very thankful to be partners with Irvine United Congregational Church and are so grateful to have them as one of our host congregations for our families!

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