• Chloe, Communications Intern

Alexis Young has been the Case Manager for Family Promise of Orange County since 2019. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, with a Domestic Violence certification, from California State University, Fullerton. Alexis is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach, with an expected graduation in May 2022.

Prior to joining Family Promise of Orange County, Alexis utilized her Associate of Science, Child Development Degree as a Preschool teacher, where she worked with children with developmental disabilities. Her experience as a teacher also led her to work for the Child Abuse Council, where she worked with children with behavioral issues due to difficult family situations. During this time, she also helped facilitate parenting groups, positive parent-child interactions, safe exchange between parents, and supervised visitations.

In addition to her extensive education and training, Alexis also brings the knowledge that comes with having experienced homelessness and traumatic experiences first-hand. Growing up in a household where substance and domestic abuse were present, Alexis first experienced homelessness at the age of 16. She truly understands the hardship that our families go through, and that homelessness is often a cycle when families have a limited or no support system.

Alexis loves being the Case Manager for the families of Family Promise of Orange County, where she says it feels more like a family than a job. “FPOC is a support system for me personally as well - it’s like my village. Not only am I surrounded by the constant support of the volunteers and staff, but I also feel so thankful to be able to give back to the community that I come from.”

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  • Monica, Communications Intern

When we think of homelessness, you may be surprised to learn that not everyone who is experiencing homelessness is living on the streets in tents. The harsh reality is that your own neighbor or friend could be at-risk or currently experiencing homelessness without you even knowing.

For years, the state of California has remained in the top three states with the highest numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness. On December 9, 2020, CBS Los Angeles estimated the California homeless population to be 128,777 individuals who are not in families with children and 22,501 individuals of families with children. The rate of homelessness increases every day, especially with an ongoing pandemic that has only worsened an existing housing crisis. There is reason to believe the reported numbers of the homeless population are vastly underreported.

Many individuals and families at-risk or experiencing homelessness are employed and have children attending school, but have lost or will lose their stable housing. This usually occurs due to a cut or loss in employment hours, family conflict, or unanticipated expenses. Although they have lost stable housing, they could be continuing their day-to-day lives, including going to work or school, all while living in their vehicles or couch surfing. Out of shame, families experiencing homelessness may be reluctant to speak to friends or family about their situation. Homelessness has an even greater impact on children by placing them at a greater risk of serious health and emotional problems, low academic performance, and separation from their family due to the difficulty of keeping the family intact.

The solution to ending family homelessness is access to and capability of sustaining stable housing. We here at Family Promise operate specific programs to prevent families from becoming homeless, and supporting families who have already lost their housing. If you or a friend, neighbor, or family member is at risk of or is experiencing homelessness, please refer them to us. We understand the families we help will all have their own unique journeys to overcoming homelessness. No matter the circumstances, our mission is consistent in providing help, giving hope, and bringing families home.

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  • Monica, Communications Intern

Family Promise of Orange County would not be able to help our families without the amazing support of our 24 wonderful congregational partners!

Introducing our “Congregation Spotlight,” a new segment each Sunday where we will highlight one of our partner congregations and share with you how they have helped us in our mission to end family homelessness in Orange County.

Stay tuned for our first congregation spotlight on Sunday, March 28th!

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