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An Opportunity to End Homelessness

An Opportunity to End Homelessness

November 26, 2018

As Chief Development Officer of HomeAid Orange County and having been part of this organization for almost 22 years, I absolutely love what we do. I am passionate about HomeAid’s mission because of the holistic approach we take to ending homelessness, from developing housing to creating community awareness to providing resources for those who are e ...

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Rebuilding Families

Rebuilding Families

November 18, 2018

As a parent, you are constantly worrying about how to protect and provide for your children, often putting their life and needs above your own. All you want is the best for them. But what if you were struggling to meet even the most basic needs for your family? This is the disposition of families who are experiencing homelessness. Every year, thou ...

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Homelessness: A Veteran's Strategy

Homelessness: A Veteran's Strategy

November 11, 2018

I am an Orange County resident who is very fortunate to have a supportive family and a great career. I served eight years and four deployments in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was able to escape homelessness in my youth and had challenges as a military veteran, but I was able to persevere. Early on in my life, my parents suffered from drug addiction ...

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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

November 04, 2018

Imagine a child who has endured unimaginable abuse, neglect, and abandonment - horrors that many of us will never have to experience. This child has been passed through the foster care system and has lost any stable relationship. Then, at 18, when most young people are figuring out where they will go to college, he is questioning where he will slee ...

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A Beginning to Ending Homelessness

A Beginning to Ending Homelessness

November 01, 2018

November 1 marks the start of Homelessness Awareness Month. Having a new day and a new month, we can reflect on new opportunities; new beginnings. I have had the privilege of being the Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County for 20 years and it has been quite an unexpected and fulfilling journey for me. I was initially drawn to HomeAid’s work ...

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​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

November 30, 2017

As the rain came down and the temperatures dropped over this last weekend, my thoughts went to the people that I met on Thanksgiving Day at a wonderful community meal at Doheny State Beach. How did they fair last night? Did they get wet? Were they cold? What were they going to wake up to this morning? You see these individuals were homeless ...

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​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

November 29, 2017

In less than 500 words, I have been challenged to talk about one of my favorite things: Housing! I have three things to say about housing. First off, when it comes to ending homelessness, and yes I really do believe that we can and will end homelessness in Orange County, there is nothing more important than housing. Nothing. Obviously, someone ...

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The Simple Orange Bag

The Simple Orange Bag

November 28, 2017

Homelessness is a complex issue and the stigma surrounding it is even more multifaceted. How do I know the person standing on the corner is really homeless? What if they are just scamming me? Or worse, what if I give them money and it supports a bad habit? These are questions we get asked almost daily and the answer for me is quite simple. I tr ...

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Everyone Counts…Homelessness Within the LGBTQ Community

Everyone Counts…Homelessness Within the LGBTQ Community

November 27, 2017

Stay in an abusive home or leave with no safe place to go. For many victims of domestic violence, these are their only choices. Domestic violence is one of the primary causes of homelessness for women and their children, who are forced to flee a dangerous situation suddenly and quickly, sometimes without any financial or housing options, in order t ...

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​Slavery Exists in Orange County

​Slavery Exists in Orange County

November 26, 2017

“She stood before me, her right jawbone out of place, her left eye swollen shut with that color of bruising that shows after a few days, her arm in a sling and physical pain from the broken ribs she sustained when her pimp pushed her into oncoming traffic because she didn’t make her cash that night.” I awoke. Yet, as I came to consciousness I reme ...

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