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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

8 Thomas
Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 552-2727

Families Forward continually earns Charity Navigator’s top 4-Star rating, placing our agency among the top 4% of ranked charities nationwide.

Through Families Forward’s careful management of resources, an extensive volunteer corps, and thousands of food and product donations, 89% of all financial contributions directly fund programs and services to client families.

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Important Announcements

NEW! → Tenant Education Workshops

This is a fantastic opportunity for novice and seasoned tenants/renters alike to receive a Tenant Education Certificate to take to their current or future landlord. Space is limited and sign up is required!

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 10:00am to 12pm (please arrive 10 minutes early)
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To sign up: please call (949) 552-2727 by 4/21/15

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 12pm (please arrive 10 minutes early)
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To sign up: please call (949) 552-2727 by 5/19/15

NEW! → Job Launch Workshops

If you are interested in attending one of our free job launch workshops, please view our
workshop page.

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Food Donations Page

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Last Updated: 3/30/2015