Helping Families Help Themselves
Families Forward, founded in 1984, is a non-profit organization committed to helping local Orange County families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our programs help families gain the skills and tools they need to stabilize, and regain or maintain their self-sufficiency and provide stability for their children.
At one time or another any family may find itself in need of some form of support. Families Forward is here to help; click here or call 949-552-2727 to Let Us Help.
A single mother of four children came to Families Forward in dire need of help. While the mother was completing her program registration form, a Families Forward employee explained all of the services available to her and her children, including the Food Pantry. Instantly, the woman’s 5 year old son tugged on the staff member’s sweater and asked if Families Forward would really be able to help them. After easing the boy’s concerns he responded by saying, “I’m a big boy and I understand that sometimes there isn’t going to be dinner but my little brother who’s only 3 doesn’t understand that.”
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 9AM-5PM and Fridays 9AM-1PM
Irvine, CA 92618
Families Forward continually earns Charity Navigator’s top 4-Star rating, placing our agency among the top 6% of charities nationwide.
Through Families Forward’s careful management of resources, an extensive volunteer corps, and thousands of food and product donations, 87% of all financial contributions directly fund programs and services to client families.
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NEW! Tenant Education Workshop
This is a fantastic opportunity for novice and seasoned tenants/renters alike. Space is limited and sign up is required! Open to all. For more information, click here for more information.
Back to School
Families Forward is now collecting backpacks and school supplies for our Back to School Program. Click here to learn more about how you can help!
NEW! Job Launch Workshops
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Food Donations Page
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Last Updated: 8/13/2014