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Help Them Home

Help Them Home

April 25, 2017

Wednesday, April 26th is Giving Day. HomeAid OC is asking that you Help Them Home with a gift of any size. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. Know that YOU are making a big impact in the lives of families like the Riveras who everyday are seeking shelter so that they can start again. ...

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Vinyl Windows for a New Emergency Shelter in Orange County

Vinyl Windows for a New Emergency Shelter in Orange County

December 22, 2016

Milgard® Windows & Doors is a strong supporter of HomeAid, committing to 5 projects in 2016 alone. We provided an in-kind donation of Style Line® Series vinyl windows and Tuscany® Series vinyl patio doors for a 6,885 square foot ground-up construction to house families experiencing homelessness in North Orange County. HomeAid Orange County develope ...

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​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

November 30, 2016

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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​Breaking Barriers to End Homelessness

​Breaking Barriers to End Homelessness

November 29, 2016

If we truly seek to instill social transformation in our communities and neighborhoods, we must move beyond mere spasms of seasonal charity and give our time and resources to dedicated, strategic efforts. Awareness is a valuable first step, but there are people and movements and organizations that are demanding thoughtful action and constructive so ...

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Can Homelessness Be Solved?

Can Homelessness Be Solved?

November 28, 2016

The Commission to End Homelessness provides oversight and accountability for the implementation of the goals and strategies as defined in the Orange County Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness (The Plan). In 2008, the county assembled a working group made up of homeless service providers and other community stakeholders selected on the basis of their ...

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​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

November 27, 2016

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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​How I Connected with My Community

​How I Connected with My Community

November 26, 2016

I first visited Isaiah House in 2004, when HomeAid was evaluating a major upgrade project to give the 100 year-old home a major face lift. The home needed a ton of love, additional bathrooms and was in desperate need of a remodeled kitchen that provided hundreds of meals a day to those who are homeless. Additionally, the backyard needed a shade s ...

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The Year Santa Came to Your House

The Year Santa Came to Your House

November 25, 2016

You remember, we all do, like it was yesterday. That year that Santa came to your house. Well he came every year, right? The year you hopped from bed with the sunrise and tore back the wrapping paper to find the number 1 gift on your list. The ONE item that you wished and dreamed about for months. On Christmas morning you woke up and there it was ...

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​Give Thanks to Street Angels

​Give Thanks to Street Angels

November 24, 2016

Street Outreach Ministry, what does that phrase mean? What does that phrase mean to you? What does it mean to Our Father’s Table - OFT? It means “giving a hand up, not a hand out.” What’s the old adage?? Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is what the OFT Street O ...

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​Slavery Exists in Orange County

​Slavery Exists in Orange County

November 23, 2016

“She stood before me, her right jaw bone out of place, the left eye swollen closed 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 rememb ...

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