HomeAid Orange County

Family Assistance Ministries


  • 28

  • 60

    people served
  • Purpose

    financial counseling
    medical screenings
    self sufficiency
    job coaching

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).

HomeAid's Role

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Development Team

Success Stories

The Show Must Go On: Sponsorship Information

Join us on September 18th, 2020 at 4 PM on Zoom for our annual fundraiser, titled 'The Show Must Go On'!This year, our annual fundraiser will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social distancing guidelines.To sponsor the event, please email our Development Director, Crystal Cook, at crystal@homeaidoc.org or sign-up here....
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The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, we have moved our annual fundraiser to be virtual. When: Friday, September 18th at 4PM Where: On Zoom, from the comfort and safety of your home The Show Must Go On will be brought to you virtually, on Zoom, to help raise critical funds that will support our mission of ending homelessness. Register for the event here. This event will have exciting new elements including but not limited to an awards recognition and an onlin...
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Monique's Story

Marlena's Story

Marlena is a single mother with two children who recently escaped an abusive relationship. But after losing one of the two jobs she was holding down to make ends meet, she could no longer afford her rent. An eviction followed, which led to a state of homelessness. After a police outreach team met Marlena, they helped find her a temporary shelter for domestic violence victims, but it wasn’t a permanent home. Fortunately, the police outreach team also connected Marlena to the Family Solutions Coll...
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How You Can Help


Sharing the story of Family Assistance Ministries will help us in our fight to end homelessness. Help us celebrate how homeless families have transformed their lives.