July Program Update
Happy summer to all! As we wrap up the month of July, easing pandemic restrictions have allowed us to work more closely with our community members and supporters again. We continue to safely help families on their journeys to overcoming homelessness.
2021 Service Numbers
So far this year, we have served 67 families! That means we have been able to help 227 people in our community, including 121 kids! We are extremely proud of how far we have come, and are grateful for the opportunity to help more individuals and families secure housing in the months ahead.
If you would like to lend a hand to families in your community, we now offer in-person volunteer opportunities! You can check out the most current opportunities by visiting our Volunteer page.
Save the Date!
The date of our Annual Gala has been moved to Saturday, October 23rd. Mark your calendars!
Emergency Shelter Program Update
Exciting news! We are able to say "hello again” to our partner congregations very soon, as we aim to reopen our Emergency Shelter hosting rotation on Sunday, September 12th. We look forward to being able to provide safe shelter, warm meals, and hospitality for more Orange County families!
Transitional Housing Program Update
In the months ahead we look forward to having IKEA renovate our second transitional home, Jacob House. We are still thrilled with the results from June’s renovation of Kramer House, and can’t wait for this new transformation! In preparation for the house facelift, we decided that the Jacob House garage also needed some help. Along with the help of OneOC volunteers, we cleaned out the entire garage at Jacob House (which had accumulated lots of “stuff” over the years!). Check out the photo of the items we removed, and of the new empty space!
In addition, Family Promise accepted an Eagle Scout project for the fall where the entire garage will be renovated with better storage solutions and to make a "hang out" area for our older kids. This will provide the older kids with a space for themselves where they can relax away from their bedrooms and the shared communal space. We look forward to our Scout’s creativity and efforts in making over the garage at Jacob House!
Supportive Services Program Update
We continue to provide much-needed diapers and wipes to low-income families throughout Orange County. The families we serve do not need to qualify for our program directly - all they need to do is make an appointment with our case management team! We also continue to support our graduate families with much needed gas gift cards, grocery gift cards, laundry money, rental assistance, and case management.
Next week is also a big week because we get to help our kids get ready for back-to-school time! Can you believe school is already starting up again soon? A local beauty school will be coming to our office to provide free back-to-school haircuts for the kids, and our congregational and organizational partners will be supplying them with backpacks and plenty of school supplies! We are thankful for all of the donations from our partners, and can’t wait to help our kids welcome the 2021-22 school year.
On behalf of our families, volunteers, and staff, thank you for your continued support of our program. Stay cool this summer!