Community Awareness

    • Please accept this invitation to join the 2018 National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7!
      National Night Out (NNO) is a designated evening where communities across America come together to take a stand against crime and drugs while building and maintaining a positive and supportive relationship between the community and its police department.

      Please join the men and women of the Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress Police Departments, in addition to the OC Sheriff’s Department, to reaffirm and develop the relationships we have created between our local police departments, county organizations, and fellow community members.

      This is a FREE MARKETING VENUE for you and your business. It is a positive way to promote yourself, and the services you provide, to our local community. Our NNO focuses primarily on safety and preparedness, therefore, only those organizations that blend into this category will be authorized to sell their various wares.

      All other organizations are welcome to promote their businesses with swag, handouts, games, flyers, certificates, etc., as long as no monetary transactions take place.

      To register for the event, please complete the on-line registration form, click HERE. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, July 31. To download the flyer, please click HERE and FAQs HERE.

      To inspire visits to your booth, we will be utilizing a site map denoting vendor locations. Guests will be encouraged to have each booth place a mark by their respective location on the map before they enter a raffle. Please have a unique signature or small stamp available to mark the maps when presented. Additionally, we are seeking ‘prize’ donations to incentivize guest participation in the raffle.

      Also, the City of Westminster, along with their Police Department, will be holding an event at their Target located at the Westminster Mall on August 7. For additional information, please contact Ellen Lopez, of the Westminster Police Department, at 714 548-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational equity and excellence for the approximately 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness each year.

      Our 2018 national conference theme is All Together Now, a theme that reinforces our collective, unified strength in helping those children and youth among us stay on their educational path out of homelessness, will be held October 27-30 in Anaheim, California.

      The exceptional learning experiences at the NAEHCY Annual Conference are made possible by the innovative and unique sessions submitted by professionals like you. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide yourself and your peers education that supports your career and organization..

      Each year NAEHCY brings together those who, on a daily basis, work closely with homeless children and youth. Through a series of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, valued exhibitors, and networking opportunities, the NAEHCY conference is the only conference of its kind and boasts an attendance of more than 1,300 professionals

      For further information and to view 2018 NAEHCY conference participation opportunities click HERE.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • Orange County will continue using the two National Guard armories as temporary homeless shelters during the night for another 90 days, a move deemed necessary to meet a federal judge’s wishes to shelter the people displaced from longtime encampments at the Santa Ana River and Santa Ana’s Civic Center.

      The California Military Department gave its approval earlier this week to the rare request.

      The winter shelter programs at both the Santa Ana and Fullerton armories were scheduled to end Sunday, April 15 with the arrival of warmer weather, as typically happens every year at all 10 armories used as homeless shelters statewide. But county officials asked for another 90 days to continue operating the facilities as a place for homeless people to sleep at night.

      Read the entire article HERE.

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    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Fullerton Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at First Lutheran Church of Fullerton, 215 N Lemon St. Fullerton, CA 92832.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Wednesday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Fullerton Armory beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm
      Times and Locations may be subject to change at a moment’s notice.
      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations:
      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory, 400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545 Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Thursday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana Armory beginning at 6:00 pm. Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa An a, CA
      (Near intersection of Wa rner and Main)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 10th. For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana AND Fullerton Clients will be bused to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Click here for schedule information and pick-up locations.

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Wednesday, April 11th - Sunday, April 15th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana and Fullerton clients will be bused to an alternate site located at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (aka: EvFree Church).
      Located at 2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 - (near Bastanchury and Brea, in the Gym).

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      Wednesday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana and Fullerton Armories beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      SANTA ANA (657) 720-7257
      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545

      Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, CA
      (Near intersection of Warner and Main)

      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory
      400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Friday, March 2nd - Sunday, March 4th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana and Fullerton clients will be bused to an alternate site located at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (aka: EvFree Church).
      Located at 2801 Brea Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 - (near Bastanchury and Brea, in the Gym) 

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      Friday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana and Fullerton Armories beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      SANTA ANA (657) 720-7257
      FULLERTON (714) 659-5545

      Or call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, CA
      (Near intersection of Wa rner and Main)

      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory
      400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Thursday, January 4th through Sunday, January 7th

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana AND Fullerton Clients will be bused to an alternate site located at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Huntington Beach, 8345 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
      (East of The Good Shepherd Cemetery at Talbert & Beach Blvd, in the Parish Hall.). Click here for schedule information and pick-up locations.

    • Influenza Activity Still High in Orange County

      The Orange County Health Care Agency continues to receive large numbers of reports of influenza, including severe cases (less than 65 years of age who were hospitalized in intensive care or who died), and outbreaks. Circulating viruses are mainly influenza A H3N2 which has been associated with increased hospitalizations and lower vaccine effectiveness in past seasons. CDC recommends:

      • Get vaccinated: It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Even in years with lower vaccine effectiveness (e.g., 48% in 2015-16), influenza vaccine prevented an estimated 5 million illnesses, 2.5 million medical visits, and 71,000 hospitalizations due to flu. For more info on where to get vaccinated, see http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/family/flu.
      • Stop germs: Use everyday preventive actions to avoid getting sick with flu and/or passing it to others. People with flu symptoms should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Covering your cough, handwashing and routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces can help decrease the spread of illness. For more information, see www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/take3-Poster.pdf. Guidance for schools and child cares is available here: www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm.
      • Antiviral drugs: Antiviral drugs can shorten illness with influenza, make it milder, and prevent complications. People with influenza symptoms who are in the hospital, have severe progressive illness, or who are at increased risk for complications of influenza due to age or underlying medical conditions may benefit from antiviral drugs. Antivirals should be started as soon as possible in these groups and should NOT be delayed waiting for test results. Per the California Department of Public Health, there is currently NO state or national shortage of antivirals. Pharmacies can contact their wholesalers directly to obtain medications if needed.

      Hepatitis A Still in the News

      The hepatitis A outbreaks in San Diego and Los Angeles seem to be winding down. There is no outbreak in Orange County and no new cases. HCA continues to outreach to at-risk persons, including promoting and providing hepatitis A vaccinations. See: www.ochealthinfo.com/OCHepA

      Norovirus is not just on cruise ships!

      Outbreaks of norovirus plague schools, long term care facilities, and other group settings every year. Norovirus is also one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. This highly contagious virus causes vomiting and diarrhea and needs special attention to handwashing, hygiene, and cleaning/disinfection. For more information, see: www.cdc.gov/norovirus/preventing-infection.html

    • “I don’t want to live a meaningless life anymore” whispered Linh, a single 68-year old Vietnamese woman. 

      About a year ago, Linh was introduced to the Council on Aging's ReConnect Technology class. The ReConnect Early Intervention Services for Older Adults (EISOA) Program provides support groups, educational trainings, skill development workshops, home visitations and physical activities to improve the mental health and enhance the quality of life of older adults. When Linh arrived to ReConnect, she was like many other Vietnamese women that...

      To continue reading, visit the Southern California Council on Aging HERE.

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