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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dramatically affect our program operations, as all 14 host congregations in our Emergency Shelter Program either remain closed completely or are only slowly opening with limited capacity. Therefore, our congregational rotation continues to be suspended at this time. All families in the Emergency Shelter Program at the onset of the pandemic continue to be safely housed at our Short-Term Housing facility. We are still not accepting new families into the program at this time.

On a weekly basis, we continue to support our program families and our graduate families who have been hit hard by the pandemic with food donations, supply donations, case management, and other assistance. Over the last three months of the pandemic, Family Promise of Orange County has supported 23 families for a total of 88 people. Since the crisis began, we have had an average of 17 families and 69 people coming weekly to us for food & supply distribution. This is a drastic increase from the 8-10 families our program usually supports at one time!

We continue to be supported by partner organizations such as the United Way of Orange County and Bracken's Kitchen, who generously donate much needed food and supplies for our families. As a result of the CARES Act, we have also been able to receive USDA food boxes on a weekly basis, which help to provide food staples to help offset the food insecurity many of our families are facing right now.

We have been fortunate to have a few volunteers return to the office to help with our weekly donation sorting and distribution efforts. We also in the last week have begun accepting volunteers to help clean and organize the Family Resource Center, so that we will be ready to go once our program reopens in the future. We even had the Helpful Honda Guys stop by to lend us a hand!

Even though there are many hardships right now, there have been several blessings for our program. Despite COVID-19 and all its challenges, we have had six families graduate so far in 2020! One graduation was bittersweet, however, as we had to say goodbye to Elijah and LaShona, who moved across the country to Tennessee. We will miss them, baby Elijah, and new baby Eliona dearly.

Speaking of new babies, another graduate family, Edgar and Elizabeth, welcomed their newest bundle of joy in May, baby Isaias. We are overjoyed to have another member of the Family Promise family!

Even though our program looks a lot different right now, we remain committed as ever to the mission of eliminating family homelessness in Orange County. It is our goal to help all the families in our program survive and even thrive during this difficult time. We look forward to the future where we can once again reconnect in person with our amazing congregations, volunteers, and supporters!

For ways that you can help the families of Family Promise of Orange County during the pandemic, please see our Current Needs page.

  • Malia

Updated: May 5

In mid-March, all of our host congregations closed due to the pandemic, thus suspending normal operations of our Emergency Shelter program. All families in our Emergency Shelter program at the time were transferred to available space in our Transitional Houses or to rental housing for the duration of the stay-at-home order. We are not accepting new families into the program at this time.

We are currently supporting 18 families (71 people) - this includes the families in the program, as well as graduate families who are at risk of falling back into homelessness due to sudden job loss and lack of income. The job loss, food insecurity, and housing instability we are seeing is devastating. We are helping these families cope by providing essential services and helping to supplement the over $40,000 of lost income per month they are experiencing. Support includes help with rent, car payments, car repairs/smog checks, and providing groceries, freshly prepared meals, grocery gift cards, gas gift cards, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers, and paper goods.

All families receiving support are currently meeting staff on a weekly basis at the office in Anaheim for socially distant distribution of donated food, supplies, and gift cards. These weekly distributions will continue until it is safe for our regular Emergency Shelter rotation to resume.

As we all adjust to this new normal, our thoughts are with everyone in the Family Promise family, and we hope you're all staying safe and healthy. The last several weeks have been emotional and trying for all of us, but we continue to be inspired by the goodness in people and the genuine acts of kindness, large and small, that we are seeing every day. These gestures of warmth and caring give us the confidence that in time, we will emerge stronger than ever before.

For ways that you can help the families of Family Promise of Orange County during the pandemic, please see our Current Needs page.

Updated: May 25

On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, Family Promise of Orange County partnered with 18 other

nonprofit organizations in Orange County to come together for Help Them Home: A Giving Day for OC's Homeless.

Family Promise of Orange County originally set a goal of raising $75,000 in 24 hours. We are overjoyed to report that we were able to raise a total of:


Thank you to all of our 101 amazing donors - because of YOU, our families have hope for the future!

Overall Help Them Home Campaign Totals

The overall campaign raised a WHOPPING $1.7 MILLION+ in 24 hours, FAR exceeding the original goal of $700,000, and had 2,948 individual donors give on just one day. TOGETHER we CAN make a difference!

For the list of all final donation totals for all 19 participating organizations, please click here.

The official press release for the campaign can be found here.

Thank You Message from our Executive Director, Cyndee Albertson

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