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).
On a summer night in 2017, in a dark McDonalds parking lot, nearly empty while the fast food hotspot is closed, there sits one, small car. Inside the car are three people: Monique Lewis, Micah Lewis, and Monet Lewis.
Micah and Monet are Monique’s two young kids. That night, the three of them don’t have a place to sleep, Monique’s car is their only option for shelter. So, the three of them pile in, drive to the empty McDonald’s parking lot, and do their best to sleep in the car before the kids g...
FAMILY CARECENTER: Jennie's Story
For much of her life, Jennie Galindo has been on the move, running away from one thing or another.
As a teenager, Galindo looked for ways to escape the sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of a close relative, years of assault compounded by the pain of not being believed once she told someone.
She thought she found it in drugs and partying. She ended up with an addiction to methamphetamine that she fought off and on for 20 years.
Her relationships with men have been rocky. She gave...
ESSENTIALS DIAPER DRIVE: TownPlace Suites by Marriott is a proud diaper collector
Joseph Comage is very familiar with the cost of having kids. How? Because he’s father to his adorable eight-year-old daughter Jasmine.
“I’m a single father and I completely understand the cost of Pampers so I thought I could do something to possibly help out.”
That understanding is what led Comage to host a diaper drive for Essentials 2019 at his hotel. He’s the Manager of the TownPlace Suites by Marriott in Anaheim - one of the 126 locations that’s hosted a diaper drive in 2019. That was the ...
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