The Bethany House program was originally founded by Sister Louise Micek, CSJ in 1997 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Beginning in July 1, 2013, Mercy House partnered with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to continue the program and expand our system of care to provide transitional housing and services to single women experiencing homelessness. The transitional shelter program houses 14 single women annually and provides case management and supportive services to help the women become self-sufficient and graduate successfully into permanent housing.
Helping More Women in Transition Start Their Journey to a Better Life
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 experiencing homelessness. Addressing homelessness from these various angles enables people to move from the streets to self-sufficiency.
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, thousands of families experience homelessness in Orange County and their first question is, “Where will my children and I go?” To help answer that questio...
Homelessness: A Veteran's Strategy
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 and it negatively impacted my childhood. I would spend as much time as possible with my grandfather to ease the impacts from my parents’ drug use. My ...
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