Community Awareness

    • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Sister of St. Joseph of Orange, Our Father's Table and HomeAid have organized Homeless Persons' Interreligious Memorial Service. On December 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm the service will take place at the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Click here for more information.

    • "With tens of millions of dollars on the line, Orange County has begun gearing up for a federally mandated point-in-time count and survey of its homeless population this month.  The snapshot is crucial because..." click here to read the whole story. by Theresa Walker

      Visit the PointInTimeOC.org website to register to volunteer.

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    • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is hosting Leadership Development with Marsha Tom. This is a free training where you can learn about "New Games," a unique tool that can help you gather information through strategic and interactive game playing. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at OneOC, 1901 E. 4th Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Click here for more information.

    • Available through partnership with Words Alive, the Familiy Literacy Program, through Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, is offering a variety of programs for kids age 0-5 and their parents!

      Parents Education Class: A 7-week workshop series that provides parent education on early literacy development for children ages 0-5. Learn new skills and techniques by working with other parents and support your child’s growth and development!

      Children Learning Centers provide an environment ofr your child to explore and Develop. Children will build their social & emotional, language, cognitive, and motor skills.

      Community Resources & Referrals that connect families with available services and resources in the community.

      To register, call 714-786-8896. To download further information in English, click HERE. Para descargar más información en español, haga clic AQUÍ.

    • Join us to learn more about the 211OC Helpline and how to navigate the online Public Resource Database (PRD). The training provides information on how to search for low cost and free community resource in our database of over 1,000 organizations.

      When? The fourth Wenesday of every month... EXCEPT for January, which will be the 5TH WEDNESDAY (January 31st).

      Time? 9:00am - 10:00am

      Where? The Village Shared Spaces, 1505 E 17th Street, Conference Center Board Room (enter from 18th Street)

      You can register for this training here. For further information, please contact Courtney Ressler, Resource Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714-589-2374.

    • Click here for the Office of Care Coordination's November newsletter.

      Click here to view previous Office of Care Coordination newsletters.

    • Click here for the Office of Care Coordination's October newsletter.

      Click here to view previous Office of Care Coordination newsletters.

    • Orange County, CA – The pilot phase of the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) will officially launch in Orange County on February 1, 2018 in participating restaurants in the cities of Anaheim and Santa Ana. Upon launch, Orange County will become the ninth county in California to offer this program to eligible participants. (Download the Press Release HERE.)

      Eligible Restaurant Meals Program Participants.

      The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows elderly, disabled and homeless CalFresh recipients and their spouse to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants. RMP offers meal options for eligible CalFresh recipients who may not be able to prepare meals, have a place to store and cook meals, and/or have access to a grocery store. For more information about eligibility requirements for RMP, click here.

      “The new Restaurant Meals Program offers eligible CalFresh recipients a different option to enjoy a hot meal at participating restaurants in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Some residents do not have access to a kitchen; this serves as a more realistic alternative for them to get the proper nutrition they need,” said First District Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

      “Through this pilot phase of the Restaurant Meals Program, we will be able to further assess the need and potential impact of this additional resource for our county’s most vulnerable populations,” said Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

      “Through this pilot phase of the Restaurant Meals Program, we will be able to further assess the need and potential impact of this additional resource for our county’s most vulnerable populations,” said Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

      The County of Orange will be launching the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) on Thursday, February 1, 2018!

      Restaurant Participation in the RMP

      Orange County is continuing to recruit restaurants located in the cities of Anaheim and Santa to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) in order to further enhance
      accessibility to the program.

      Restaurant owners in the cities may find out more about how to apply by going to: http://ssa.ocgov.com/calfresh/calfresh/rmp_owner

      “Many restaurants in Orange County provide healthy options that eligible CalFresh recipients may not have had access to in the past. The Restaurant Meals Program is a step in providing nutritious meals to our most needy residents,” said Michelle Steel, Supervisor, Second District.

      Background on the Restaurant Meals Program
      On December 14, 2016, the Orange County Board of Supervisors authorized the Social Services Agency (SSA) to submit a proposed plan to the State of California to implement the pilot phase of RMP.

      “The Restaurant Meals Program is one small step we can take to address homelessness with compassion, as basic human needs like shelter and nutrition are essential,” said Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

      In 2017, SSA worked with the State to obtain approval of the proposed plan. Upon plan approval in April 2017, SSA worked to develop the program, which included the development of a Master Memorandum of Understanding, recruitment of restaurants, review of restaurant applications and staff training. Additionally, SSA has been meeting with stakeholders, including presenting at the Homeless Provider Forum, to ensure that organizations that serve eligible RMP participants are aware of the upcoming program.

      “Nutrition and access to proper meals is one of the social determinants of health. The restaurant meals program will allow homeless individuals in Santa Ana and Anaheim to access hot prepared meals and improve their overall health,” said Lisa Bartlett, Supervisor, Fifth District.

      To learn more about the Restaurant Meals Program, please visit http://ssa.ocgov.com/calfresh/calfresh/rmp.

      The RMP website (HERE) contains aRecipient Information andRecipient FAQs page that provides general information about the program and a list of the current participating restaurants.  The Recipient Information page will be updated regularly to provide clients the most current list of participating restaurants in Orange County. 

    • Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the North Service Planning Area.

      Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the Central Service Planning Area.

      Click here for a Pocket Guide with resources in the South Service Planning Area.

    • The County of Orange is in the process of implementing the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP). The RMP allows elderly, disabled and homeless CalFresh recipients and their spouse to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants. Click here for more information about the Restaurant Meals Program and click here to visit their website.

    • As a regional leader in Orange County, 211OC works with public and private partners to provide people with connections to the health and human service services and resources they need while driving systems change. 211OC hosted this event with the support of guest presenter, Lloyd Pendleton, one of the nation's leading authorities in ending homelessness in a proven, cost effective way.

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      Click below to view the 3 presentations:

      c2eh2-1-1 Orange County, Finding a Solution to End Homelessness in Orange County

      Jamboree, Engaging and Housing Chronically Homeless

      Lloyd Pendleton, Utah's Homeless Approach

    • Presented by the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, this program is for parents and guardians who want to see their child (ages 2-12) succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Here you are able to gain creative tools to strengthen your relationship with your child and learn how to respond effectively to their challenging behaviors. This is a free 8 week series and child care is available. Click here for more information.

    • This video was made as part of the Domestic Violence & Health Collective Orange County

    • Non-profit professionals - get creative, have fun, & support a local nonprofit by making your own Robot with recycled materials!

      Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Orange County (YNPNOC) has partnered with Child Creativity Lab, a depot for creative use filled with reclaimed & reusable materials that would otherwise reside in landfills. Take some time out from the hard work you do and treat yourself to a social art activity with your fellow non-profiteers!

      Fee: $6 per adult to be paid at the door, Cash/Credit accepted.
      Space is limited! Sign up by February 23rd, RSVP required at www.ynpnoc.org
      All adult ages welcome! See flyer for details (click HERE).

      YNPNOC provides social & professional resources to promote success in career development and retention for young professionals & emerging leaders of all ages involved with nonprofits in Orange County.

    • Hoag is now offering Zumbini (Zumba for caregivers and children) in English and Spanish. Zumbini has social, emotional, cognitive, motor, and language development benefits for your child and physical and mental health benefits for caregivers. Perhaps the most important benefit is the bonding time with you and your child! Click here for more information.

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