Families Forward

Families Forward Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to once again become independent, productive residents of the community.
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More than 32,000 school-age children in Orange County are homeless or housing-insecure. Families Forward offers a comprehensive array of support services to at-risk families in our community. They range from the simplest form of help, putting food on the dinner table with groceries from the food pantry, to weekly career coaching sessions for parents needing guidance towards a higher income and a better future. Our mission is to help families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. If you would like to support our cause through volunteer work or donations please feel free to contact us. You may also donate online through the causes application directly below. Watch our video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/OCFamiliesForward

More than 32,000 school-age children in Orange County are homeless or housing-insecure. Families Forward offers a comprehensive array of support services to at-risk families in our community. They range from the simplest form of help, putting food on the dinner table with groceries from the food pantry, to weekly career coaching sessions for parents needing guidance towards a higher income and a better future. Our mission is to help families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. If you would like to support our cause through volunteer work or donations please feel free to contact us. You may also donate online through the causes application directly below. Watch our video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/OCFamiliesForward

Mission: Families Forward exists to help families in crisis achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. Our Values: Dignity: Honor each individual through an atmosphere of respect, trust and confidentiality. Empowerment: Inspire self-sufficiency through the development of courage, confidence and pride. Accountability: Accept responsibility for commitments and accomplishing our goals. Community Spirit: Realize our vision through teamwork, cooperation and collaboration. Hope: Share a belief in new beginnings and allowing dreams of the future to emerge.

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FREE Tenant Education Workshop - open to the community! Learn about finding housing, how to fill out a rental applicatio...
01/25/2021

FREE Tenant Education Workshop - open to the community! Learn about finding housing, how to fill out a rental application, rules of leasing and much more. Held over Zoom on Tuesday, February 2 from 10am-12pm. To register, email [email protected]
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Thank you to Orange County Patch for this mention and coverage of the Harley Rouda hosted food drive on Martin Luther Ki...
01/22/2021
Former Congressman Harley Rouda Donates To Families Forward

Thank you to Orange County Patch for this mention and coverage of the Harley Rouda hosted food drive on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information on how you can host a food drive benefitting the Families Forward food pantry, email [email protected]

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https://patch.com/california/newportbeach/former-congressman-harley-rouda-donates-families-forward

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day of Service, former 48th District congressman Rouda organized donations that filled vans, trucks & SUVs.

A huge thank you to Harley Rouda and everyone in the community that came out to support the Families Forward Food Pantry...
01/20/2021

A huge thank you to Harley Rouda and everyone in the community that came out to support the Families Forward Food Pantry for a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A total of 30 barrels of food were collected! More than 62,000 individuals have been provided with hunger relief via the Families Forward Drive-Thru Food Assistance Program since March 16 and we couldn't do it without your help! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Join Rep. Harley Rouda for a day of service benefitting the Families Forward Food Pantry. See details below! #familiesfo...
01/18/2021
Day of Service - Food Drive with Congressman Rouda · Harley Rouda for Congress

Join Rep. Harley Rouda for a day of service benefitting the Families Forward Food Pantry. See details below! #familiesforwardOC

Join Congressman Rouda on the National Day of Service for a Food Drive for local Orange County Families. Please bring dry and canned food donations for those in need. Items may include: - Cereal - Pasta Sauce & Dried Pasta - Canned Fruits & Vegetables - Peanut Butter - Canned Chicken and Canned Tuna...

Today we honor the achievements and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. , an icon in the advancement of Civil Rights.#fa...
01/18/2021

Today we honor the achievements and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. , an icon in the advancement of Civil Rights.

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Since March 16, Families Forward has provided food assistance to more than 62,000 individuals. Without your help, our pa...
01/14/2021

Since March 16, Families Forward has provided food assistance to more than 62,000 individuals. Without your help, our pantry wouldn't be able to meet this extraordinary demand. In-person food donations are accepted Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm, at 8 Thomas, Irvine. (donors please pull through on the left hand side). For more information, please click here: https://www.families-forward.org/donate/

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Proud to be a service partner with United to End Homelessness as together we strive to end family homelessness in Orange...
01/11/2021
United to End Homelessness

Proud to be a service partner with United to End Homelessness as together we strive to end family homelessness in Orange County. #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Looking for ways to get involved in your community? Check out our service provider network of 37 partner agencies working to prevent homelessness in our cities. These agencies offer a variety of ways for you to help at a local level. Find yours today: https://bit.ly/3nmwD9C #EndHomelessnessOC

Jill, a single mother and Families Forward client, is now thriving with her son thanks to the generous support of our co...
01/08/2021
Jill's Story | Festival of Children Foundation

Jill, a single mother and Families Forward client, is now thriving with her son thanks to the generous support of our community of donors who helped Families Forward provide the tools and resources she needed to achieve housing stability. Click to read more:

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After fleeing an abusive husband, Jill found herself living in her car with her six-year-old son. Jill spent over 6 months seeking shelter opportunities until she found Families Forward. Through working with a housing specialist, Jill was able to immediately locate safe housing. Her Case Manager hel...

At Families Forward, we believe in a Housing First approach. But along with housing, families need supportive services s...
01/06/2021
Fewer Than 4 in 10 Families with a Shelter Stay Have Dedicated Permanent Housing Support to Exit Homelessness - National Alliance to End Homelessness

At Families Forward, we believe in a Housing First approach. But along with housing, families need supportive services such as career counseling, mental health counseling and food assistance to create housing and economic stability. Unfortunately, many families do not receive that support. This report from The National Alliance to End Homelessness explains more.#familiesforwardoc
https://endhomelessness.org/resource/fewer-than-4-in-10-families-with-a-shelter-stay-have-dedicated-permanent-housing-support-to-exit-homelessness/

Last year, approximately 52,000 families were assisted out of homelessness with rapid re-housing assistance. Another 7,300 families with high needs were assisted into permanent supportive housing and 1,300 families received other permanent housing assistance to exit homelessness. This is a […]

We were overwhelmed with the support of our community this holiday season. With your generosity, 1,918 children received...
01/05/2021

We were overwhelmed with the support of our community this holiday season. With your generosity, 1,918 children received holiday gifts and more importantly - the gift of joy during a challenging year. Thank you to everyone who participated and brought happiness to local families in need. #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

As we herald in 2021, we wish everyone a Happy New Year filled with hope, joy and health! As a reminder, Families Forwar...
01/01/2021

As we herald in 2021, we wish everyone a Happy New Year filled with hope, joy and health!

As a reminder, Families Forward is closed for the holidays and will re-open Monday, January 4. #familiesforwardoc

As we had into the new year, many of us look for ways to improve - our lives or the lives of others. Volunteering is a p...
12/30/2020
8 Ways to Volunteer Right Now—Without Leaving Your Home

As we had into the new year, many of us look for ways to improve - our lives or the lives of others. Volunteering is a positive way to give back but it can feel difficult to carry out during these challenging times. Read on for ways you can safely volunteer, starting now:
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Just because we're all homebound during the coronavirus pandemic, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still do good. In fact, now, more than ever, is an important time to support organizations in need. Here are eight ways to give back from the comfort of your own home.

A veteran and Families Forward client, Max, recently shared his journey to achieving housing stability. Click on the lin...
12/28/2020
A Veteran and Father | Festival of Children Foundation

A veteran and Families Forward client, Max, recently shared his journey to achieving housing stability. Click on the link below to read more.
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A veteran and father of four, Max found himself in a messy custody battle with the estranged mother of his children while at the same time struggling to keep his housing amidst rising court fees. Max was at risk of losing his housing voucher when he was referred to Families Forward by the Strong Fam...

Families Forward will be closed for the holidays beginning at 1pm today until Monday, January 4, 2021. From our family t...
12/24/2020

Families Forward will be closed for the holidays beginning at 1pm today until Monday, January 4, 2021. From our family to yours, Have a safe and joyous holiday season! #familiesforwardoc

Thank you to 85C Bakery Cafe - Irvine for their donation today of 300 pieces of fresh bread and pastry items to be distr...
12/22/2020

Thank you to 85C Bakery Cafe - Irvine for their donation today of 300 pieces of fresh bread and pastry items to be distributed through our Drive-Thru Food Assistance Program. Their generosity is bringing joy to local families in need this week! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Thank you to Glaukos Charitable Foundation for their amazing contribution towards our Adopt-a-Family program. Through th...
12/21/2020

Thank you to Glaukos Charitable Foundation for their amazing contribution towards our Adopt-a-Family program. Through their generosity, 30 families in need will experience a joyful holiday. We are so grateful for the support of our community! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Thank you to Slick Marketers for coming to the Families Forward offices to drop off this amazing gift to help local fami...
12/18/2020

Thank you to Slick Marketers for coming to the Families Forward offices to drop off this amazing gift to help local families in need! We are so grateful for our community of supporters, especially during these challenging times. #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Being able to "pay it forward" is especially meaningful during these challenging times. In this interview, a formerly ho...
12/17/2020
Orange County man delivers Christmas trees to struggling families

Being able to "pay it forward" is especially meaningful during these challenging times. In this interview, a formerly homeless man is bringing holiday joy - in the form of Christmas Trees - to local families in need, including someone very close to our hearts here at Families Forward. #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

https://www.foxla.com/news/orange-county-man-delivers-christmas-trees-to-struggling-families

An Orange County man had made it his mission to bring holiday cheer to needy families by delivering free, fresh-cut Christmas trees to their homes.

This year, Families Forward partnered with Karina's Backpack Project to help provide gifts to local families in need thr...
12/16/2020

This year, Families Forward partnered with Karina's Backpack Project to help provide gifts to local families in need through our Adopt-a-Family Program. Karina, along with her mom Urvashi, brought gifts for 77 of our client families. Thank you, Karina! What an amazing contribution to your community! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Your gift provides families with hope. Click on the link to read more or to make a donation today. https://conta.cc/2WhU...
12/15/2020

Your gift provides families with hope. Click on the link to read more or to make a donation today. https://conta.cc/2WhUSeb. You can also text FAMILIESFORWARD to 44-321 to donate now.
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So grateful for our continued partnership with City of Irvine City Hall and the Middle School Youth Action Team! Your do...
12/14/2020

So grateful for our continued partnership with City of Irvine City Hall and the Middle School Youth Action Team! Your donations of food make a difference for local families in need! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Did you know Gus is named after the City vegetable, asparagus? He was checking out the donations from the Middle School Youth Action Team food drive, and while he didn’t find any asparagus there, he did find more than 600 items! These donations were gathered by the students, and donated to Families Forward. Gus is impressed! For information on upcoming middle school programs, visit yourirvine.org.

12/11/2020
Housing Network Appreciation Week

A special message from our Housing Resource Specialists to our network of housing providers and partners. We are so grateful for your commitment to local families in need. Without you, we couldn't do the work we do! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

By giving their time, our volunteers make a difference. Thank you to Rainbow Rising for dedicating your time to Families...
12/11/2020

By giving their time, our volunteers make a difference. Thank you to Rainbow Rising for dedicating your time to Families Forward for our Thanksgiving Program! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

To celebrate our 2020 Housing Partner Appreciation honorees, commemorative plaques were delivered today. Our sincere tha...
12/10/2020

To celebrate our 2020 Housing Partner Appreciation honorees, commemorative plaques were delivered today. Our sincere thanks to these housing partners who are committed to our community and helping families find a home. Barcelona, Palm Lane & Seville Apartment Homes Western National Property Management Walden Glen Apartments Fairfield Residential #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

Celebrating our 2020 No Place Like Home Honoree: Walden Glen Apartment Homes under Fairfield Residential during our Hous...
12/09/2020

Celebrating our 2020 No Place Like Home Honoree: Walden Glen Apartment Homes under Fairfield Residential during our Housing Network Appreciation Week. Thank you for your continued partnership in helping housing for families in need! #familiesforwardoc

Families in Orange County, including several Families Forward clients, were treated to a holiday drive-in event at Angel...
12/09/2020
Angels Baseball Foundation Kids Holiday Event

Families in Orange County, including several Families Forward clients, were treated to a holiday drive-in event at Angels Stadium last weekend. Thank you to Los Angeles Angels Baseball Foundation for finding a way to keep a holiday tradition during these challenging times! #familiesforwardOC #doinggoodtogether

The Angels Baseball Foundation shared a little holiday cheer this season to nearly 250 local youth outside Angel Stadium. Children in…

Celebrating our 2020 Opening Doors, Changing Lives Honoree: @barcelonapalmlaneseville, Western National Property Managem...
12/08/2020

Celebrating our 2020 Opening Doors, Changing Lives Honoree: @barcelonapalmlaneseville, Western National Property Management during our Housing Network Appreciation Week. Thank you for your continued partnership in helping housing for families in need! #familiesforwardoc

Thank you to our long-time partners in the community Mariners Church for their continued support. Throughout this challe...
12/07/2020

Thank you to our long-time partners in the community Mariners Church for their continued support. Throughout this challenging year, they have provided vital financial contributions for our programs and services, including most recently our Thanksgiving program. Their generosity helped provide nearly 900 families with a Thanksgiving meal. Thank you!! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

12/07/2020
Thank you to our Housing Partner Network

Today kicks off our Housing Network Appreciation week! With the help of our network of housing partners, we can provide housing for local families. Please watch the video below to hear an important message from Families Forward CEO, Madelynn Hirneise. To read more, click here: https://conta.cc/2IrXa7i.

We are grateful for our continued partnership with Fluor Corporation. Each year they contribute to our programs not only...
12/04/2020

We are grateful for our continued partnership with Fluor Corporation. Each year they contribute to our programs not only financially, but through the volunteer hours of their employees. The support of our community partners is the reason we can provide for local families in need. Thank you!! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

You can give a child a home. Click on the link to read more or to make a donation today. https://conta.cc/2VAS4Zb. You c...
12/03/2020

You can give a child a home. Click on the link to read more or to make a donation today. https://conta.cc/2VAS4Zb. You can also text FAMILIESFORWARD to 44-321 to donate now.

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12/03/2020
Thanksgiving Thank You

Thankful Thursday! Your generosity provided nearly 900 families with the ingredients needed to make a Thanksgiving meal. During these challenging times, when vulnerable families are struggling to make ends meet, your support is vital! Thank you to everyone who gave this year - from deliveries of food from our online Wish List to corporate sponsorship - each and every donation is appreciated and makes a difference. #familiesforwardOC #doinggoodtogether

Today, our thanks go out to our long-time community partners - and amazing neighbors - FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology ...
12/02/2020

Today, our thanks go out to our long-time community partners - and amazing neighbors - FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology Inc.! They continue to provide for local families through their generous contributions, including the incredible donation of food pantry items and diapers seen in the photo. We are so grateful for their continued support! #familiesforwardoc #doinggoodtogether

TOMORROW, 12/2, 1-3pm: Free webinar!Learn from some of Orange County’s leading non-profit housing and homelessness servi...
12/02/2020

TOMORROW, 12/2, 1-3pm: Free webinar!

Learn from some of Orange County’s leading non-profit housing and homelessness service organizations how rental-housing providers can benefit their properties' bottom line by partnering with local housing agencies and non-profits to make rental units available for individuals and families in need. Register at www.aaoc.com

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Does FF go into the community and help the homeless? There is a woman who sits in front of Daphne's Greek restaurant on El Toro almost daily. She's been there for many months; thru the winter and now into spring. She wears black, has a wool coat & hat on and black gloves. She always has the same outfit on. I give her $5 when I see her. Can someone help her please? Homeless women are a very sad sight, especially in this affluent area. 😢
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