HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County Dedicates its 54th Development

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.