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Michael Chang & Kei Nishikori Compete for Charity In World Class Tennis Doubles Pro Exhibition

Posted on June 06, 2017

Newport Beach, Calif., June 6, 2017 – World champion tennis players Michael Chang and Kei Nishikori will compete in a World Class Doubles Pro Exhibition to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County and the Chang Family Foundation. Chang became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at 17. Nishikori is currently ranked in the World Top 10. Chang has served as Nishikori’s coach since 2014.

Being held at 5:00 p.m. on July 29, 2017, the exhibition match is part of the Michael Chang Tennis Classic (MCTC) fundraiser event being held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach. The MCTC fundraiser also includes a USC vs. UCLA Undercard Match and a silent auction. General admission tickets are $50 (ages 12+) and $25 (ages 11 and under). A buffet dinner is available for purchase.

“We are very proud to support HomeAid, which is devoted to building new lives for homeless families and individuals in Orange County through housing and community outreach,” said Michael Chang. “The Chang Family Foundation is a Christian-based charity that focuses on sports as well as Asian and local outreach programs.”

MCTC is seeking sponsorships which range from $500-25,000, and silent auction donations. To sponsor or donate, contact Rebecca Brown, MCTC director of Programs and Community Outreach, at rebecca@mchang.com or 949-858-7300.

The MCTC USTA-sanctioned tournament is being held July 21-23, also at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. Sign up for the tournament here.

About Michael Chang Tennis Classic - www.ChangTennis.com

The annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic is one of Southern California’s most popular USTA tennis tournaments bringing people together for great competition and fun on the courts! The Chang Classic is a wonderful avenue that allows the Chang Family Foundation to connect with the Southern California tennis community while raising funds for the work of the foundation and HomeAid OC.

About HomeAid Orange County www.HomeAidOC.com

HomeAid Orange County is a nonprofit organization that has been developing housing for those experiencing homelessness since 1989. Funding from this year’s tennis tournament will help support the launch of the new HomeAid Orange County Family CareCenter located in the city of Orange.

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HomeAid Helps With National Day of Remembrance

Posted on December 29, 2016

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Each year, thousands of homeless men and women die on the streets of our nation due to illness, exposure or violence. Many from our very own community of Orange County. Please join us as we honor and acknowledge their lives as part of the human family.

Held on the longest night of the year, this year the memorial was held on December 21 in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. Below is a slideshow of those that were remembered and recognition of those who assisted in the ceremony.

The following day, Theresa Walker with the Orange County Register published a lovely article covering the evening. It can be found here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/died-739197-hom...

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HomeAid Dedicates 58th Development!

Posted on December 13, 2016

On Monday, November 7, 2016, HomeAid Orange County proudly dedicated, in partnership with the Illumination Foundation, its 58th development entitled the Theriault Emergency Home in North Orange County.

This ground up construction will be able to house hundreds of families each year. The development is a two-story, residential building that consists of eight family units and one managers unit, six and a half bathrooms and a two-car garage. This new project will add 45-50 shelter beds for families. This home provides a safe place for families with children 0-5 years old to receive emergency shelter while they are being assessed and either moved into permanent housing or transitioned into the Illumination Foundation’s housing program.

With the help of City Ventures as Builder Captain and Architect Kevin L. Crook, the Theriault Emergency Home is HomeAid’s first completed project in partnership with the Illumination foundation that is also in partnership with the Children & Families Commission of Orange County.

“The walls of this building are so much more than just a House. They are a home and a fresh start and new life to the hundreds of families and children who will be housed here. We are excited to see more lives change positively and to help our most vulnerable families finally find stability” Says CEO and President of the Illumination Foundation, Paul Leon.

Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County, Scott Larson says “It has been an honor to work alongside the Illumination Foundation with our development team on this project that will end homelessness for families in Orange County. We look forward to seeing great success and many lives changed for years to come.”

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with a mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid fulfills its mission through Development, Service and Advocacy. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between service providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors.

HomeAid Orange County is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 59 building and renovating housing projects which have added 1,451 shelter beds across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum. By doing this, HomeAid has provided facilities that range from emergency housing, to interim housing, to permanent supportive housing. Through over twenty local service providers, HomeAid’s housing developments have transformed the lives of over 55,000 people experiencing homelessness.

HomeAid’s ability to bring the community together to provide a basic need like housing became the foundation on which HomeAid launched and continues to grow its service initiatives including HomeAid Essentials, CareKits and Homelessness Awareness Month, which were initiated to provide basic needs beyond shelter to the families and individuals currently experiencing homelessness throughout Orange County. Learn more by visiting homeaidoc.org.

The Illumination Foundation (IF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness. IF uses innovative, integrated care and collaboration with public and private partners to provide cost-effective housing solutions for the homeless, as well as comprehensive services to effectively transition families to self-sufficiency.

The IF model combines housing solutions with case management, free or low-cost healthcare, mental and addiction counseling services, children’s enrichment programs. Since its inception in 2007, IF’s housing programs have served more than 2,200 families and placed more than 7,000 individuals into permanent housing. In addition, IF’s medical programs have provided medical and social services to over 14,200 patients. Learn more by visiting ifhomeless.org.

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Bank of America Awards $25,000 to HomeAid Orange County on Giving Tuesday!

Posted on November 29, 2016


Bank of America Awards $260,000 to 21 Local Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday to Help Close the Basic Needs Gap in Orange County.

IRVINE – Bank of America announced today, on what is known as “Giving Tuesday,” $260,000 in grants, to be distributed to 21 nonprofits working to increase access to basic necessities and enable families in Orange County to thrive. In Orange County, there are more than 335,000 people are living in food-insecure households, struggling to find access to nutritionally, adequate food, while others struggle to address other basic needs.

Funding will help individuals and families in Orange County gain greater economic mobility through increased access to food, shelter, benefits and other fundamental needs that will enable them to move toward long-term stability. The funding is an example of how Bank of America is driving sustainable growth that supports shared success in the community.

“Basic needs assistance is a critical stepping stone on the pathway to financial progress for individuals and our community as a whole,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “We’re honored to support leading nonprofit organization partners in Orange County that are helping individuals inLeft to Right - Scott Larson (HomeAid), Dean Parsons (BofA), Lisa Simms (BofA) our community move out of poverty toward better financial futures.”

Among the nonprofits receiving grants is HomeAid Orange County which will use the funding to support its housing and community service initiatives geared towards housing those experiencing homelessness.

“Ending homelessness is HomeAid Orange County’s mission. And we strive to accomplish this through the development of much-needed housing,” said Anita Rodriguez, HomeAid’s Director of Development. “It is only because of partners like Bank of America who have supported our efforts not only financially through this generous grant but also through staff volunteer efforts that HomeAid has been able to transform more than 55,000 lives through its housing program since 1989. We are extraordinarily grateful to Bank of America and its employees for its unwavering support of our mission to end homelessness in Orange County.”

Other organizations receiving grants include: AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, Camino Health Center, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Community SeniorServ Inc., Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service Inc., Grandma's House of Hope, Human Options, Inc., J F Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., Latino Health Access, Laura's House, Mercy House Living Centers, Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Oak View Renewal Partnership A California Public Benefit Corporation, Orange County Rescue Mission Inc., Orangewood Foundation. People for Irvine Community Health, Project Access Inc., Providence Speech & Hearing Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Inc., HomeAid Orange County, and South County Outreach.

The bank’s investment in financial education through basic needs funding is part of its broader commitment to improve the financial lives of the individuals and communities it serves. In partnership with Khan Academy and its founder, online educator Sal Khan, Bank of America developed BetterMoneyHabits.com– a free, online tool that puts financial education in the hands of consumers through easy to understand language to empower better financial lives and decisions.

In addition to philanthropic funding in the Orange County, the bank’s employee volunteers play a critical role in helping to advance thriving communities. In 2015, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $1 million in grants to Orange County nonprofits, and local employees volunteered more than 40,000 hours in Orange County communities.

About Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance
At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we help create around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships across sectors - including community and environmental advocate groups, as well as non-profits – in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

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New Diaper Bank program could mean 'huge savings' for O.C. families

Posted on July 26, 2016

Thousands of babies in Orange County – and their parents – can take comfort: a newly launched local Diaper Bank has their bottom line covered.

Through a partnership between the OC Food Bank and HomeAid Orange County, about 1 million diapers and baby items will be distributed over the next few weeks to charitable agencies and groups that operate shelters and serve needy families with children.

And that’s just the start.

On Friday, representatives from local nonprofits who operate shelters that HomeAid has built or renovated arrived in SUVs, vans, and trucks to pick up their allotments of Huggies, Pampers, Luvs and other disposable diaper brands.

“For us, it’s a huge savings,” Theresa Murphy, executive director of Precious Life Shelter, said of the money the Los Alamitos home for pregnant homeless women won’t have to spend on diapers. “It’s thousands of dollars a month.”

Other donated baby goods to be distributed included strollers and car seats, clothing, baby food, and wipes – lots of wipes.

“Everybody gets about 20,000 to 22,000 baby wipes,” said Gina Scott, director of community engagement for HomeAid, a charitable project started in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Orange County chapter.

HomeAid’s focus is to end homelessness through housing and outreach.

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Chang Tennis Classic Announces World Class Line Up for EXO!

Posted on July 12, 2016

June 28, 2016 (Irvine, CA) – HomeAid Orange County is, once again, proud to be one of the benefitting charities of the Michael Chang Tennis Classic this July. The featured event of this tournament is the Exhibition Match scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. Just released by the Chang Tennis Classic committee is the exciting lineup.

New to the event this is Justin Gimelstob, a retired American tennis player, was the top-ranked boy in his age group at the ages of 12, 14, 16, and 18. As a pro, he won 10 singles titles and 15 doubles championships, including the 1998 Australian Open and 1998 French Open mixed doubles titles with Venus Williams. He was also twice a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Notably, in singles matches, he has defeated Andre Agassi, Petr Korda, Àlex Corretja, Patrick Rafter and Gustavo Kuerten.

Returning to the lineup is Cecil Mamiit who began his professional career in 1996 and reached his highest individual ranking in the ATP Tour on October 11, 1999, when he became World No. 72. He won the NCAA singles championship as a freshman in 1996 - something not achieved since John McEnroe attended Stanford University in 1978. Mamiit currently strives to help junior players and with partner Joel Dacay launched The Tennis Mechanix Academy based in Burbank, California. This program is for junior players ages 7-18 and has the goal of improving the quality of junior tennis worldwide.

MCTC is proud to announce that Kei Nishikori is also returning. Nishikori, a Japanese professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 6 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking. Nishikori began playing tennis at five years old and qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles at 17. Nishikori was named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2008 and has won 11 singles titles. He was runner-up at the 2014 US Open which made him the first-ever male player from an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Nishikori also became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals having reached the semi-finals in 2014.

Michael Chang returns as the event’s main attraction. Chang is an American tennis player who became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at 17. Known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit, Chang is considered by many observers to have been one of the best defensive baseliners of all time. He also introduced the jumping two-handed backhand. Notably, Chang was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.

Since 2014, Chang has served as coach for Kei Nishikori.

About Michael Chang Tennis Classic

The annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic is one of Southern California’s most popular USTA tennis tournaments bringing people together for great competition and fun on the courts! The Chang Classic is a wonderful avenue that allows the Chang Family Foundation to connect with the Southern California tennis community while raising funds for the work of the foundation and HomeAid OC. The Chang Classic is more than a weekend tennis tournament, it’s a two weekend event that gives tennis players opportunities to compete, improve their tennis skills, make new friends, and be encouraged in life. The tournament is held every July in Newport Beach. Learn more by visiting ChangTennis.com.

About HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with a mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid fulfills its mission through Development, Service and Advocacy. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between service providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors.

HomeAid Orange County is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 57 building and renovating housing projects which have added 1,234 shelter beds across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum. By doing this, HomeAid has provided facilities that range from emergency housing, to interim housing, to permanent supportive housing. Through over twenty local service providers, HomeAid’s housing developments have transformed the lives of over 55,000 people experiencing homelessness.

HomeAid’s ability to bring the community together to provide a basic need like housing became the foundation on which HomeAid launched and continues to grow its service initiatives including HomeAid Essentials, CareKits and Homelessness Awareness Month, which were initiated to provide basic needs beyond shelter to the families and individuals currently experiencing homelessness throughout Orange County.

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Community Partners & Service Providers Kick-Off 9th Annual Essentials Drive

Posted on July 12, 2016

Community Partners & Service Providers Kick-Off 9th Annual Essentials Drive

Orange County Campaign Collects Items for Homeless Families with Children


April 28, 2016 (Orange, CA) – On Tuesday, HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, kicked off the 9th Annual Essentials donation drive at their Community Partner Luncheon held at Casa Teresa Emergency Maternity Shelter in Orange.The countywide campaign to collect diapers and other essential items for babies, led by Honorary Chair Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, will take place the week before Mother’s Day, April 29 – May 8, 2016.

“We are pleased to support the Essentials campaign and are proud to be a part of this great effort in improving the lives of homeless mothers and their children in Orange County,” said Oliver Jones, United Parcel Service.“On behalf of the campaign partners here today: the YMCA of Orange County, Lennar Homes, NBC4, Bank of America and the Automobile Club of Southern California, we are proud to participate in and support the HomeAid Essentials drive.”

In addition to the campaign’s community partners, the luncheon hosted representatives from each of the seventeen providers who operate housing facilities built in partnership with HomeAid and serve homeless families.

“We would like to thank HomeAid, the Children and Families Commission, and Sheriff Hutchens for leading the campaign to ensure that every baby in the HomeAid service provider network has essential items for one year,” stated Lisa Wood, CEO, Casa Teresa. “This is a tremendous gift to our shelter and allows us to save funds normally spent on diapers, baby wipes, etc. for use on programs to help our residents achieve self-sufficiency and to lead productive, independent lives.

The luncheon attendees heard directly from a program participant at Casa Teresa about how the donated items will impact her life directly.

“I had so many opportunities I ended up throwing away for drugs and alcohol and my life quickly went downhill, I slept in parks and stole my food,” said Caitlyn.“I came to Casa Teresa right from the streets with just a trash bag of clothes and I never would have imagined the love and hope I would find.Though this campaign, you have provided me the items necessary to care for my unborn son, help that without would have made my challenging situation even worse, if not impossible.”

Donation drop off locations will be located throughout Orange County, including the YMCA and County of Orange public libraries. A complete list of drop off locations and additional information about the donation drive is available at www.homeaidessentials.org.

HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless.

Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County – founded by the Building Industry Association of Southern California's Orange County Chapter, has completed 55 developmentwith nearly 1,136 shelter beds throughout Orange County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County.For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

Children and Families Commission of Orange County

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs for children from birth to five and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.

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2nd Annual Builder Appreciation Golf Tournament - Sponsors

Posted on January 07, 2016

THANK YOU TO THE 2015 CNC GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS



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HomeAid Proudly Announces Availability of Family Forwards New Affordable-Housing Units in Lake Forest

Posted on December 18, 2015

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Families Forward unveiled 4 renovated units designated for affordable housing, resulting from a partnership with the City of Lake Forest to provide more affordable options for Lake Forest residents.Families Forward purchased the 4-plex from the City of Lake Forest in September 2015 and it was quickly rehabilitated by a diverse project team with representatives across the design and building industries.These firms provided extensive leadership, expertise, time and materials as part of their commitment to address Orange County’s severe affordable housing crisis.This joint effort is a model for efficiently utilizing existing funds to create more places for low-income families to live permanently.

Leading the project as the owner’s representative, Marx|Okubo, provided invaluable guidance throughout the construction process ensuring that the property would meet the objectives set by Families Forward and the City of Lake Forest and stay within budget, scope and quality expectations.Gary Cohn, Executive Vice President, remarked, “Every member of the project team brought more than their expertise and resources; they brought a passion to create an environment where a family can find a place they can afford to live and raise their children.”

HomeAid Orange County has provided leadership for 26 years in matching building industry involvement with non-profit initiatives to expand the number of housing units in Orange County to serve homeless and disadvantaged populations.They joined the project immediately and served as liaison to bring additional services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors to complete the renovation quickly and at a lower cost. Scott Larson, HomeAid OC Executive Director, remarked, “The commitment and generous contribution from so many members of the building industry in Orange County have aided numerous non-profit organizations to bring significant positive change to thousands of lives.”

Under the leadership of Roger Malcolm, Brookfield Residential provided the on-site, day-to-day, construction management and oversight and contributed the most significant amount of time and resources to ensure the project’s successful completion in time for families to move in for the holidays.John O’Brien, Vice President of Housing commented, “When we see the challenges facing families in Orange County, it is clear that the solution requires a major joint effort by industry, government and nonprofit all working together to change the housing landscape. The entire team at Brookfield Residential is committed to building strong communities that can serve the diversity of families living and working in Orange County.”

Many other firms contributed significantly to the rehabilitation including architects Bassenian Lagoni, landscape architect Stantec, and interior designer Tracie McCloskey of TLM Interior Designers.

“We wouldn’t be here today without the vision of the City of Lake Forest leadership to pursue a team approach to providing affordable housing for its citizens,” reflected Margie Wakeham, Executive Director at Families Forward, “ By choosing Families Forward as its nonprofit partner, we were able to quickly gather a diverse team of professionals to donate time and services.In addition, these families will be supported by an agency with more than 30 years of experience working to bridge families to independence and self-sufficiency.”

About Families Forward

Since 1984, Families Forward has worked with families to help them achieve self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, career coaching, education, and other support services. Operating with a guiding principal of support with accountability, last year Families Forward improved the lives of nearly 8,000 children and adults by providing safety-net services through the framework of our values: Dignity, Empowerment, Accountability, Community Spirit and Hope. For more information about Families Forward please contact us at 949-716-5858 or visit www.families-forward.org.

About HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless.

Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County has completed54 developments, adding 1,136 shelter beds throughout the County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between service providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County. To learn more, visit www.homeaidoc.org.

About Marx | Okubo

Marx|Okubo began in 1982 with a simple mission: Use pragmatic construction expertise to solve problems in a complex and challenging real estate market. What started as an inspired two-person operation has transformed into a company of nine offices nationwide—with more than 100 team members, each one bringing greater energy and depth to Marx|Okubo. To learn more, visit www.marxokubo.com.

About Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential Properties Inc.is a land developer and homebuilder in North America with its headquarters in Calgary, Canada. The Company entitles and develops land to create master-planned communities; builds and sells lots to third-party builders as well as their own home building division. The Company also participates in select, strategic real estate opportunities including infill projects, mixed-use developments, and joint ventures. For more information on Brookfield Residential, please visit our website at www.BrookfieldResidential.com.

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HomeAid Orange County Launches Free App During Homelessness Awareness Month

Posted on November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 (Irvine, CA) – HomeAid Orange County is excited to announce that through a partnership with RPS Mobile Marketing, it launched its first ever App designed to help constituents connect with HomeAid OC in new ways. The free App is available for all Apple and Android iOS systems.

The App allows users to:

To help HomeAid OC build awareness of Homelessness Awareness Month and its new App, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is offering $2.00 per download of the App up to $5,000. This match is offered as part of its Title Sponsorship of Homelessness Awareness Month, which HomeAid spearheads every November in an effort to galvanize the local community’s support through opportunities to Learn, Act and Share online and in-person.

Download the App today and help HomeAid Raise $5,000!

Click here to download from iTunes for your Apple iPhone

Click here to download from Google Play for your Android Phone

About Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a diverse and decentralized pharmaceutical company that is committed to focusing on their key stakeholders while delivering consistently high performance. Their values provide the overall direction for the company, and provide them with the tools necessary to rise to any challenge by leveraging their collective hard work and effort along with our unwavering competitive spirit. These values help them to set goals based on the organization’s potential and what they hope it will become. For more information on Valeant, please visit www.Valeant.com.

About HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is a non-profit that has been working towards its ultimate goal of ending homelessness for over 26 years. It has been through advocacy, development and service that HomeAid Orange County has been successful in creating new lives for homeless families and individuals.

HomeAid Orange County has completed 54 developments, adding 1,136 shelter beds throughout Orange County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County.

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Builders' charity: How HomeAid has labored to house the homeless, help rebuild lives

Posted on September 27, 2015

Jeff Collins, writer for the OC Register covers business and recently spent some time getting to know HomeAid Orange County. His time and efforts yielded a story that was published in the Real Estate section of the paper on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

The story can be found online here: http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/homeaid-684692-html

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Bank Of America Approves $25,000 Grant For HomeAid Orange County

Posted on August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015 (Irvine, CA) - We are excited to announce that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has approved a $25,000 grant for HomeAid Orange County, further fueling our 26-year mission to build opportunities for homeless families to escape the cycle of homelessness.

The grant will support HomeAid’s emergency housing development and community service initiatives. There is a critical need for emergency housing in Orange County, and the Foundation’s financial contribution will help propel HomeAid’s working solution to this growing problem.

HomeAid’s partnership with the Foundation reaches back to 2005 and includes numerous grants, sponsorships, matched gifts, and volunteer opportunities, all supporting the efforts to give children, parents, and individuals the opportunity to move from benches to beds to self-sufficiency. The Foundation’s generosity and commitment to addressing community issues over the past 10 years has included service activities such as landscape and painting at a pregnant woman’s shelter, the collection of care items and socks, the assembly of over 5,000 CareKits, employee participation in the annual Essentials campaign, which supports over 450 babies and their families that are homeless throughout Orange County as well as financial support of HomeAid’s past signature fundraiser, Project Playhouse benefitting local homeless families. Bank of America has supported HomeAid’s initiatives that fall within our three pillars: Advocacy, Development, and Service all of which help HomeAid in its mission to end homelessness.

“Bank of America’s decade long support of HomeAid goes beyond traditional funding to address a variety of needs for our most at-risk community members,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “By helping people move towards self-sufficiency, we are starting them down a path toward financial stability.”

HomeAid was also the recipient of the Neighborhood Builders Award in 2007, which was a two year $200,000 grant combined with leadership training.We have also received several Local Hero awards for organizational volunteers and donors.

“For HomeAid Orange County and many non-profit organizations, Bank of America is a true asset in our community,” says HomeAid OC Executive Director Scott Larson. “Its commitment and generous contribution to Orange County have aided numerous organizations, strengthening their abilities to significantly bring positive change in thousands of lives.”

Since 1989, we have completed 54 developments, adding nearly 1,136 shelter beds throughout Orange County. We act as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors. Tragically, thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County. Our website is a great resource to learn more and get involved.

The board and staff, on behalf of all those served by HomeAid, would like to personally thank the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for continuously investing in our united mission to end homelessness.

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Doorways for Hope Gala

Posted on August 20, 2015

Special THANK YOU to the following sponsors and underwriters for HomeAid's 2015 Doorways for Hope Gala - Saturday Night Fever.




Prewozniak Foundation

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HOPE SPONSOR


DREAM SPONSOR




ANGEL SPONSORS



A. Gary Anderson Foundation








The Balfour Family

The Lister Family





INSPIRATION SPONSORS


Archer Johnson Foundation



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Marcy Weinstein





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HomeAid Orange County Dedicates its 54th Development

Posted on July 21, 2015

HomeAid Orange County Dedicates its 54th Development in Partnership with Orangewood Children’s Foundation

Irvine, CA—July 22, 2015 – HomeAid Orange County is proud to announce the dedication of the newly opened Dhont Community Center at The Academy, a community project of Orangewood Children’s Foundation. This community center was developed in partnership with Lennar, The New Home Company, and Irvine Company. The three builders, along with HomeAid OC, are coming together to celebrate the completion of the Dhont Community Center which serves as an extension of The Academy charter high school, which was established by Orangewood Children’s Foundation and opened in August, 2013.

The luncheon to thank the many trades and other supporting organizations that contributed to the development and the ground-up construction of the Dhont Community Center is taking place on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The Center is located at 1901 North Fairview Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. HomeAid wishes to thank and recognize those who graciously donated to such a much-needed community resource for youth here in Orange County.

About Orangewood Children’s Foundation

Founded in 1981 to build a shelter for Orange County’s abused children, Orangewood Children’s Foundation is now one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth. Its mission is to provide life-changing prevention and intervention programs for abused and neglected children, young adults and at-risk families through one-on-one support and community partnerships to end the cycle of child abuse. Last year the Foundation helped over 1,500 children and teens with programs that prepare them to make a successful transition from the foster care system to independent adulthood. Orangewood programs focus on education, employment, housing, life skills and basic needs. Without the Foundation’s support and guidance, these children can become homeless or unemployed. Beyond its programs, for thousands in our community Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.” www.orangewoodfoundation.org


About The Academy & Dhont Community Center

Founded by Orangewood Children’s Foundation, The Academy is a free public charter high school. While designed originally to meet the needs of foster youth, it is open to all students who benefit from its many unique features. The Academy is designed to prepare students for future college and career success and ultimately help them become self-sufficient members of society. Phase II of The Academy will include on-site residential housing to provide approximately 80 Academy students from foster care with the added support of a stable living environment. It will be a designed to be a place these teens can truly call “home”. www.theacademyoc.org

The Dhont Community Center will house the Medical Center, Community Room, Health & Wellness Resource Center and Program Offices.During the initial years of The Academy (2015-2017), the Community Center will serve as the hub for after-school enrichment activities such as art, music, student volunteer groups, and fitness, including the creation of a physical training area in the Community Room. When the Residential Campus is built, the Community Center will be the place where students receive guidance and support such as mental health services, placement counseling, emancipation planning, medical care, and independent living workshops.

About HomeAid

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless.

Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County – founded by the Building Industry Association of Southern California's Orange County Chapter, has developed 54 shelters, adding nearly 1,104 shelter beds throughout Orange County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.



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Michael Chang Tennis Classic Sponsors Announced

Posted on June 08, 2015

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HomeAid Orange County Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members

Posted on May 18, 2015

HomeAid Orange County (May 2015)—Three new directors have been elected to serve on the board of directors of HomeAid Orange County, created in 1989 by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, is the only community based organization that has successfully developed 53 building and renovating housing projects throughout Orange County, as well as across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum, providing facilities that range from emergency shelters, to transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing.

The new directors are Jasvina Gill of p11creative, Mike McMillan of the Tri Pointe Group and Mark Kiner of Bassenian Lagoni. Members may serve two three-year terms on the board of directors.

Jasvina Gill is a marketing professional with 25 years of experience in the real estate sector. She has extensive experience in marketing master planned communities as well urban and infill housing. She currently serves as Vice President for p11creative in Newport Beach, California. Jasvina has been actively involved with HomeAid Orange County for 15 years including volunteering on the committees for Project Playhouse and HomeAid Essentials.When asked why she agreed to join the board of directors, she replied “I am passionately concerned and committed to finding a way to ease and end homelessness in Orange County. I have volunteered on various committees benefiting HomeAid OC and felt it was time to join the mother ship.”

Jasvina lives in Orange County with her husband, two children and family dog named Pippin.

Mike McMillen, Vice President of TRI Pointe Group, has spent the past 25 years in the homebuilding industry.With his experience, Mike has been instrumental with developing large master planned communities as well as successfully processing entitlements on complex projects in both Northern and Southern California.He graduated with a BS degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked previously for William Lyon Homes.Mike has been involved with HomeAid OC through his involvement on the Board with the Building Industry Association, Orange County chapter, which has allowed him to witness the tremendous impact HomeAid OC is having in Orange County being launched 26 years ago.When asked why he agreed to join the board, Mike responded "There is a deep calling in my life to serve and love on those whom are misunderstood, lost and broken, these are the homeless.They need people to hear their stories in order to give them true hope that effect's real change. This is my desire to volunteer."

Mike lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.

Mark Kiner, AIA, Principal of Bassenian Lagoni, a graduate of California Polytechnic University, has employed his talents working on projects from entry level housing to large scale resorts in the United States and the Pacific Rim. Today, Mark is a registered architect in 10 states. Mark spent much of his career designing homes and destination resorts throughout the United States, Middle East and Pacific Rim. Currently Mark is one of a team leading the international design effort at Bassenian Lagoni, while also managing key client relationships in the domestic market because of his expertise in multifamily architecture and senior housing design. On top of his professional career, Mark has been volunteering his time and talents towards HomeAid projects for 19 years including working on Mary’s Shelter and two developments for Mercy House: Emmanuel House and San Miguel Residences.

When asked why he agreed to join the board of directors, he stated “This is a wonderful opportunity to continue giving back to the community that I have lived in all my life. Expanding that reach from single projects to the large community is a great gift.”

Mark lives in Orange County with his wife, he has three grown boys and four grandchildren.

Tom Doyle, HomeAid Orange County’s Board President shared that, “Adding Jasvina, Mike and Mark to the board, a volunteer position, is a big win for HomeAid Orange County. We are very productive with limited resources which is a common theme for many nonprofits so we need members willing to roll up their sleeves and do what needs to be done. I applaud their passion and commitment to HomeAid’s mission of ending homelessness and their willingness to give their time, talents and themselves to this very worthy cause as a nonprofit Board member.”

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

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HomeAid Orange County’s Builders for Babies Event Successfully Kicks off Essentials Drive Campaign

Posted on May 04, 2015



May 4, 2015 (Costa Mesa, California) – HomeAid Orange County recently kicked off their 2015 Essentials campaign with their Builders for Babies event on Friday, May 1. The event, which took place at the former L.A. Times building in Costa Mesa, was used to collect diapers that will be distributed to local Orange County shelters to support families and their children who are homeless.

HomeAid OC, along with the help of hundreds of volunteers, and homebuilders, Lennar Homes, Shea Homes, The New Home Company, Toll Brothers and William Lyon Homes, built elaborate housing structures made out of diapers to bring awareness to the need, as members of the building industry came in large numbers and donated nearly 1.3 million diapers in one day.

As the official campaign kick-off, more than 200 other locations across Orange County are also conducting drives now through Mother’s Day.HomeAid OC, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, is also hoping to collect other Essential items, such as baby food, formula, baby wipes, and clothes, for the homeless children of Orange County.

A typical baby needs 10-12 diapers a day, and toddlers need approximately 8 diapers. But because diapers are not covered by social welfare systems like WIC or food stamps, and are considered “hygiene items,” 36 percent of mothers living in poverty regularly run out of clean diapers for their infant, which makes the HomeAid Essentials campaign so important.

Families represent 63 percent of those living in Orange County shelters and they are in need of these basic essential items. Nearly 13,000 individuals experience homelessness each year in Orange County. And about 1 in 20 mothers has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers and has also had to reuse a disposable diaper which exposes the baby to infections and other health risks.

HomeAid Essentials is a program that brings together the entire community to help and encourage homeless families and ensure the health of babies by providing a basic need - diapers. The simple donation of a box of baby wipes multiplied by thousands can change lives.

For 26 years, HomeAid Orange County’s mission and vision has been to end homelessness and it accomplishes this goal through advocacy, development and service. Builders for Babies, a new marquee event of the Essentials campaign, is just one of the many ways this organization continues to do so. To learn more about Essentials and how you can help, visit homeaidoc.org.

Check out this fun video to see the activities of the day and to see the amazing diaper houses the home builders constructed out of diapers!

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Bethany House Opens - Now Helping More Women in Transition

Posted on March 11, 2015

HomeAid Orange County Partners with Mercy House and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange on 52nd Housing Development

Bethany House - Helping More Women in Transition Start Their Journey to a Better Life

Anaheim, CA - On Valentine's Day 1997 – the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange created the ministry known as Bethany with a desire to assist and walk with women from a shelter situation to independent living. On February 15th, 2015, eighteen years later, Bethany had something new to celebrate – the grand opening of its new home in Anaheim!

Nearly 60 neighbors, new, and long term supporters alike gathered for the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Bethany House shelter for homeless, single women in transition. The doors of the triplex were opened up to let attendees wander through the 12-bed facility, taking in the beautiful interior decorations provided by nonprofit agency, Furnishing Hope, Inc., and artwork created by members of the Sisters of St. Joseph and former graduates of the program. Made possible through generous community donations, housing partners and volunteers, the facility represents a community endeavor with different groups coming together in show of support for creating a dignified place of healing and compassion for those in need.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured opening remarks from HomeAid Orange County's Executive Director, Scott Larson, whose agency helped provide construction support to the new facility. Father Jerome Karcher, founder of Mercy House, gave the invocation as well as performed a blessing on the new home.Sister Eileen and Sister Louise Ann were both presented awards on behalf of Larry Haynes, Executive Director of Mercy House for their generosity and dedication to the program for so many years.

"The handing over of Bethany to Mercy House has been in the works for a long time, " said Sister Louise Ann Micek, founder of the Bethany program, " Each meeting, phone call, email and encounter throughout the years made it clear to me that this was the right thing to do. The grand opening celebration was a day full of joy and hope for a new future with Bethany House."

On Tuesday, February 17, two days after the Grand Opening, the program welcomed and moved in its first 12 residents who will start their journey toward healing and self-sufficiency. HomeAid is proud to have worked with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and Mercy House on developing this home for Bethany House that serves women who are on their journey out of homelessness.

About Mercy House:

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Mercy House is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for some of the most vulnerable homeless populations including families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and veterans. Seeing the need in our community to serve the poor and the homeless, Mercy House was founded in 1990 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. Over the past 25 years Father Karcher, together with the leadership of Larry Haynes, Mercy House's first employee and only executive director, has not ceased to see the needs in the community.

What was once an agency helping 10 men with one transitional shelter, has grown to serve nearly 5,000 individuals in need last year, and has expanded to include four transitional housing facilities, emergency shelter and services, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing and service enriched permanent housing facilities for individuals and families with low income. In July 2013, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange partnered with Mercy House Living Center, donating its own assets, staff, and program to form Bethany House- a traditional women's shelter within the Mercy House structure.Visit www.mercyhouse.net.

About HomeAid:

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, develops housing, advocates and provides service in the community to the homeless.

Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County – founded by the Building Industry Association of Southern California's Orange County Chapter, has developed 52 shelters, adding nearly 1,100 shelter beds throughout Orange County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

Special recognition to all those who made this development possible.


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Watch: Fritz's Holiday Lights: HomeAid Orange County

Posted on December 18, 2014

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HomeAid Orange County Raises Over $360,000 at Annual Doorways for Hope Gala

Posted on December 17, 2014

December 2, 2014 (Irvine, California) – On Friday, November 7, 2014, HomeAid Orange County's year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary culminated with a Silver Masquerade Ball at the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. This year's theme for the annual Doorways for Hope gala Unmasking the Faces of Homelessness lent itself well to demonstrate HomeAid's commitment to its mission of ending homelessness since its inception in 1989.

For 25 years, HomeAid Orange County has sought to end homelessness through advocacy, development and service. In 1989, HomeAid was established by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. HomeAid acts as a liaison between service providers and community volunteers, as well as builders and specialty contractors.

Bill Balfour, Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Banking at Bank of America and board president of HomeAid OC states, "Bank of America is proud to be an ongoing sponsor for HomeAid's gala and is pleased to continue supporting HomeAid and its' mission of ending homelessness in Orange County."

This year, special thanks went out to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for joining HomeAid's efforts to end homelessness by coming on board as the gala Title Sponsor. Valeant was also recognized for supporting Homeless Awareness Month as its' lead sponsor during the month of November.

At the event, HomeAid was proud to announce the addition of four new Legacy Board members. Mike Lennon who served as the original CEO in 1989, Jay Blakslee, who also started on the board its first year in 1989, Les Thomas, former president of Shea Homes, who also served as board president, served on the board starting in 1998, and Dick Hunsaker of Hunsaker & Associates whose contributions as a board member started in 2002. All deserving of continued gratitude for helping HomeAid house over 50,000 homeless over the past 25 years.

Tara Morenc, Director of Purchasing at William Lyon Homes, this year's event co-chair, expressed that "HomeAid has been working to unmask the faces of homelessness to build awareness that housing is needed not only for those individuals you see on the streets, but also for those you don't see – the families with young children who are sleeping in different shelters at night struggling to ensure their children get enough to eat, a warm place to sleep and are able to get an education. The faces of homelessness go far beyond what most people see on a day to day basis, especially here in Orange County."

As guests entered the Doorways for Hope gala, they walked through large doorways that adorned the hallway. When approached about the doors, John Racunas, Senior Vice President with Orion Risk Management and Co-Chair for the Doorways for Hope Gala responded that "Doors represent a home, hope and new opportunities, which is what we're providing to the homeless community and why we have them here at the event. We want HomeAid's supporters to fully understand and appreciate that by attending the event, they are doing more than giving money to a good cause, they are helping to build doorways for hope."

HomeAid Orange County's vision to end homelessness starts at the core – where does someone go when they suddenly find themselves without a home? HomeAid gives children and their parents, along with individuals, the opportunity to move from benches to beds to self-sufficiency. HomeAid achieves its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach through advocacy, development of shelters and service. To learn more and get involved, visit www.homeaidoc.org.

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HomeAid Orange County and Michael Chang Team Up to Celebrate 25 Years at 2014 Tennis Charity Tournament

Posted on July 02, 2014

July 2, 2014 – Irvine, CA: Southern California tennis players have begun to sign up for the fourth annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic (MCTC), which will take place the weekend of July 25th- 27th at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.

The MCTC is a one-of-a-kind charity tennis tournament hosted annually and this year, partial proceeds from the MCTC will benefit HomeAid Orange County, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end homelessness by building new lives for homeless families and individuals through advocacy, development of shelters and service. This year marks a milestone year for both Michael Chang and HomeAid as both are commemorating their 25th year of accomplishments at the tennis classic.

Michael Chang set numerous "youngest player records," turning pro at just 15 years of age. In 1987, he was the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open and the youngest to reach a Tour semifinal. Becoming the youngest French Open / Grand Slam Champion ever in 1989, he then became the youngest to rank in the Top 5. This same year, 1989, HomeAid was launched by the Building Industry Association of Orange County to help develop shelters for the homeless. Over the years, Michael Chang channeled his talents and success into helping others through his foundation. Over the years, HomeAid Orange County has developed 50 shelters and helped over 50,000 homeless. Twenty-five years in the making, Michael Chang and HomeAid pair up to celebrate 25 years of accomplishments and raise much-needed funds for the work yet to be done.

The annual charity tennis tournament is expected to fill the courts with competitors in all categories from 3.5 to the Open. The popularity of the tennis tournament is compounded every year due to the well-run event being consolidated into a single weekend. As one player said last year, “The tournament itself is outstanding; one of the best tournaments I've played."

In addition to bringing in financial sponsors, MCTC will be holding its first silent auction, including a few exciting autographed sports memorabilia items, the weekend prior to the sanctioned tournament. The auction will open July 19th at the annual public tennis clinic hosted by Michael Chang and other world class tennis pros for the first 125 people who sign up. The auction will remain open through an evening exhibition match that will include Michael Chang on center court.

The non-sanctioned high school division of MCTC will be back at Irvine Valley College with the Sunday finals at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. This year's high school finalists and champions will not only be receiving trophies, but also gift cards and other prizes.

Registration for the tennis clinic and the three day tennis tournament is now open. Many returning finalists and champions have already committed to play. Sign-ups can be done through the USTA website or by going to www.changtennis.com.

For more information on HomeAid Orange County, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

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CBS News Reports on HomeAid Essentials: UPS Delivers Diapers to New Mothers

Posted on May 30, 2014

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7th Annual Essentials for Young Lives Donation Drive Delivers

Posted on May 30, 2014

7th Annual Essentials for Young Lives Donation Drive Delivers

Orange County Campaign Collects over 1.2 Million Essential Items for Homeless Families

May 29, 2014 (Irvine, CA) – Today HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, delivered over 1.2 million essential items to 17 facilities serving homeless families with children. The 7th Annual Essentials for Young Lives donation drive was the most successful drive in HomeAid Orange County history, surpassing the 2013 drive by almost 200,000 items!

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of this year's Essentials campaign. It is the compassion and support of the community that continues to make this donation drive so successful," said Scott Larson, Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County. “Families represent the highest percentage of those living in shelters throughout Orange County, and being able to provide over 1.2 million essential items, the majority of which are diapers, to support them is incredible. We would especially like to thank our corporate sponsors, The Vons Foundation, UPS, and the Automobile Club of Southern California for their support of this campaign. Our partners understand how important this donation drive is for homeless mothers and their children in our community."

The items collected through the Essentials campaign will be distributed to transitional housing facilities that were built with the assistance of HomeAid Orange County. These diapers and other essential items that were donated enable recipient agencies to save the funds normally spent on baby supplies for use on programs that help their clients achieve self-sufficiency and lead productive, independent lives.

“The Commission's 13-year partnership with HomeAid Orange County has successfully increased the capacity at shelters ensuring that children have a safe and secure place to live," said Sandra Barry, chair of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. “The Essentials campaign has alleviated the burden on homeless mothers to purchase diapers and allows them to focus on parenting."

The Orange County Essentials for Young Lives campaign was first launched in 2008 and has collected over 3.4 million essential baby items. The donations collected go directly to meet the critical needs of homeless children and families in Orange County.

“I am humbled to see that our community, once again, showed enormous generosity to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Honorary Chair. “It has truly been a privilege for the men and women of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to participate in the Essentials for Young Lives donation drive. We see every day how important transitional housing can be to so many Orange County families. By joining with HomeAid and the Children and Families Commission on theEssentials drive and helping to support our homeless families, we know that we can remove some stress and anxiety that comes with a temporary living situation."

For more information, please visit http://www.homeaidessentials.org.

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HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid, developshousing,advocatesand provides service in the community to the homeless.

Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County – founded by the Building Industry Association of Southern California's Orange County Chapter, has developed 50 shelters, adding more than 1,000 shelter beds throughout Orange County. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County.For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

Children and Families Commission of Orange County

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs for children from birth to five and their families. The Commission's goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com.

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HomeAid to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the Dedication of its 50th Shelter Development

Posted on May 20, 2014

HOMEAID ORANGE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DEDICATION OF ITS 50TH HOMELESS SHELTER

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on May 20th to Mark Final Expansion Of Pathways of Hope Campus in Fullerton

FULLERTON, CA, -- On May 20th, HomeAid Orange County will celebrate two significant milestones: the 25th anniversary of its efforts to end homelessness through advocacy, development and service in Orange County and the completion of its 50th homeless shelter. The occasion will be commemorated with a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. at 504-506 West Amerige Avenue in Fullerton, which is operated by the nonprofit organization Pathways of Hope.

This latest HomeAid project, built by Shea Homes, completes the Pathways of Hope campus, which now accommodates up to 82 parents and their children. The new addition features two apartment buildings that each encompass four residential units, including studio, two- and three-bedroom configurations, which will house up to 36 residents. This comes on top of 1,054 beds in HomeAid shelters that have provided accommodations to more than 50,000 people who have found themselves homeless since 1989.

Bert Silva, president of Builder Captain Shea Homes, commented, “Our partnership with HomeAid and Pathways of Hope brings together three great organizations that are dedicated to supporting and enriching our local communities. We are honored to be a part of this important effort, providing interim housing when it is needed the most, because caring about the people in our community is always first on our list of priorities.”

“This latest expansion of Pathways of Hope will enable us to continue providing the assistance that has already served more than 1,025 Orange County families since the first home on the campus was opened in 1986,” said Barbara Jennings, President of the Board of Directors for Pathways of Hope. “Every step of the way, HomeAid Orange County has been a valuable partner, helping us develop, renovate and maintain the campus, which has become a significant resource for services that benefit the homeless community.”

“Developments like these play a key role in ending the cycle of homelessness,” stated Scott Larson, executive director of HomeAid Orange County. “HomeAid is proud to bring together the resources of the local homebuilding industry to help organizations like Pathways of Hope provide both housing and services to the homeless community in Orange County, and we are grateful to the participation of Shea Homes and our many other builder members, who have made HomeAid a remarkable success.”

About HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national nonprofit organization with the purpose to end homelessness through advocacy, development and service. Through their mission to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between services providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors.

To date the organization has completed 50 developments that serve victims of domestic violence, pregnant homeless women, abused and abandoned children, homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS and homeless families. For more information, please visitwww.homeaidoc.org.

About Pathways of Hope

For nearly 40 years, the goal of Pathways of Hope has been to place families and individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Its Prevention and Outreach programs (such as grocery, rental assistance and friendship program) help to strengthen households and prevent homelessness. Its Housing programs (Via Esperanza, New Vista, ISN, Interim Housing and rapid re-housing) provide several options that are tailored to ending homelessness one household at a time.

The nonprofit organization’s newest Interim Housing program offers an option to families who are making the incredible leap from the crisis of homelessness to the security of long-term housing stability. This program provides apartments for families who need additional time to complete milestones that will lead to greater long-term stability. These milestones may include completing school or a vocational program and addressing poor credit history. During this time, participants have access to the services offered at the New Vista campus while also being responsible for their own housing costs. Services include career development, budgeting, counseling and case management that allows participants to focus on long-term change in a supportive environment.

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