FAM was founded in 1999 by Ellen Gilchrist to accommodate the families that a local church was no longer able to serve. The vision of FAM is to help people on the brink of homelessness to become self-sufficient. Ultimately, our focus is prevention. Today FAM provides food, shelter, and client aid to tens of thousands in South Orange County. We provide assistance for utilities, transportation, medical, dental, and prescription drugs, as well as financial counseling, free income tax preparation and collaboration with other social services organizations to provide referrals and medical screenings, immunizations, eye glasses, and much more! FAM also sheltered 60 women—many with young children—in our interim/transitional shelter, Gilchrist House.
Our Mission is to move people from dependency to self-sufficiency by providing necessary living items (such as shelter and food) and training (including financial counseling and job coaching).
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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