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Homelessness and Poverty: The Numbers are In

The Problem: Homelessness and Poverty Homelessness and poverty are widespread issues that, combined, affect millions of people nationwide, and hundreds of thousands of people in Orange County alone. On a single night in 2018, more than 552,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States—meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or [...]

By |2020-01-15T18:50:52-08:00January 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Homelessness and Poverty: The Numbers are In

Friends of VNOC

As reported last month, we are proud to report that Volunteer Network OC is realizing its mission, which is to connect volunteers to volunteer organizations. Through our website, user-friendly app, and social media platform, we aim to both inspire volunteers and provide support to those organizations who help feed, clothe, shelter and support disadvantaged and [...]

By |2019-08-16T20:31:47-07:00August 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friends of VNOC

All Systems Go

We are proud to report that Volunteer Network OC is beginning to realize its mission, which is to connect volunteers to volunteer organizations. Through our website, user-friendly app, and social media platform, we aim to both inspire volunteers and provide support to those organizations who help feed, clothe, shelter and support disadvantaged and vulnerable people [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:03:07-07:00July 31st, 2019|News|Comments Off on All Systems Go

Lunch with a Few Friends

     I would like to highlight the journey of a remarkable woman who shares her life, meals, and love with a few friends. This description could be for anyone of us, except Toija Fitzgerald’s friends are not just people she met at school events, swim team practice, or Bible study; they include people she [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:04:00-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Angels Among Us|Comments Off on Lunch with a Few Friends

Two People with Different Stories-Same Result

If you read the Orange County Register, you know about the plight of the homeless in Orange County, the tents along the Santa Ana River trail and the Santa Ana Civic Center, and the federal lawsuits to force our county and cities to do something. Seven years ago, Orange County adopted a 10-year plan [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:04:16-07:00March 20th, 2019|Inspiring Stories|Comments Off on Two People with Different Stories-Same Result

New Urgency to Homeless Crisis-Survival

Survival To provide and maintain a lifestyle that includes basic human needs - such as food, clothing and shelter seems like an easy task for most; however, to people who are homeless it maybe unattainable. When a homeless person does not have food and shelter, their world can come crashing down on them. Without [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:04:35-07:00February 28th, 2019|Current Events, News|Comments Off on New Urgency to Homeless Crisis-Survival

HomeAid OC-new-family-care-center-2017

Open Summer 2017, Orange County’s local homeless families have found welcome relief to their situations with HomeAid’s newly built Family Care Center, in the City of Orange, California. HomeAid Orange County is a Non Profit, founded in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of So. California. HomeAid Orange County’s Family Care Center will give [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:05:39-07:00September 11th, 2017|Current Events, News|Comments Off on HomeAid OC-new-family-care-center-2017

Everyone Counts!

Once every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) commissions a Point in Time (PIT) count of persons who are living on the streets and in shelters in each county of our country.  The last Orange County PIT count was taken on January 24, 2015.  On that night, the volunteers counted [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:06:04-07:00January 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Everyone Counts!

In The Spotlight – Isaiah House

It is a pleasure to put a spotlight on Isaiah House, an organization that relies on the generosity of our community to help people who need assistance.  The work of Isaiah House is provided under the guidance of Dwight and Leia Smith.  They began volunteering at Isaiah House in 1993, and moved into the house [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:36-07:00November 20th, 2016|In The Spotlight|0 Comments

Motel to Become Apartments for 71 Families Experiencing Homelessness

The City of Santa Ana is working with Community Development Partners to transform an old Santa Ana motel into apartments for 71 families. This is Santa Ana's first permanent supportive housing project for individuals who are chronically homeless. Santa Ana will provide rent vouchers to those families totaling close to $1 million annually to make [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:36-07:00November 5th, 2016|News|0 Comments