Community Resources

Community Resources

Families Forward has been helping local families since 1984. We have a wealth of information about other agencies and services that might be able to help you. Please call us at (949) 552-2727 or fill out a Client Services Form. We’re here to listen and answer your questions.

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Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Irvine Valley College

Each spring, Families Forward hosts a Community Resource Fair on the Irvine Valley College campus to provide easy access to many different resources and agencies for families to find the help they need. Click here to learn more about our upcoming Community Resource Fair.

As part of this event every year, Families Forward creates a Community Resource Guide with contact information and a summary of the available services. Download the most current Community Resource Guide:


Housing Resources

Rental and Utility Assistance

Rental and Utility Assistance

The following agencies may have funds available for rental assistance or utility assistance. Since most agencies have funding cycles, we cannot guarantee that any of these currently have funds available.

Family Assistance Ministries

(949) 366-0357

Family Assistance Ministries provides food, shelter, and client aid to thousands of people in South Orange County. They provide shelter, utility assistance, transportation assistance, medical, dental, prescriptions assistance, financial counseling and courses.

Mercy House, Santa Ana

(714) 836-7188

Mercy House has housing programs, a shelter and other support services. Please call for program and appointment information.

SOS (Share Our Selves), Costa Mesa

(949) 270-2100

Emergency Financial Aid is available Monday through Friday for basic necessities including rent, utilities and transportation. You are required to be at SOS by 8:00am. Limited parking is available onsite so please plan additional time for parking. Please bring a photo ID, proof of Orange County residency, and any documents you have to support your request.

South County Outreach, Irvine

(949) 380-8144

South County Outreach has a Food Pantry, housing assistance, and computer classes. Please call for program and appointment information.


Medical Resources

SOS (Share Our Selves), Costa Mesa

(949) 270-2100

The SOS Community Health Center serves all of Orange County. The clinic provides full-scope primary care including preventative health care, urgent care, chronic disease management, mental health services, and same-day appointments. SOS treats patients at all stages of life – pediatrics to geriatrics.

Healthy Smiles

(714) 638-7637

Provides free dental services to children.

Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Laguna Beach

(949) 494-0761

Laguna Beach Community Clinic offers quality medical, dental and health education services to low-income and uninsured residents of Orange County by utilizing a sliding fee scale and public support funds for care reimbursement. Please call or visit website for more information.

Lestonnac Free Clinic

(714) 633-4600

Provides free health care services to those in need.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

(714) 834-8333

WIC is a supplemental food, nutrition education and breastfeeding support program. It serves low to moderate-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and infants/children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.

Camino Health Center, San Juan Capistrano

(949) 240-2030


Clothing Resources

Beach Cities Interfaith, Huntington Beach

(714) 375-6400

Beach Cities Interfaith provides groceries for families, clothing, brown bag lunch program, referrals, utility & transportation funds (if available) – Must make appointment.

Working Wardrobes, Fountain Valley

(714) 210-2460

Working Wardrobes provides numerous services including: professional clothing, employment, career, financial literacy, and life skills training.

Women Helping Women, Costa Mesa

(949) 631-2333

Women Helping Women provides professional business apparel, image consulting, and employment search support to women.

Other Resources

Other Resources

  • RefugeLink – Orange County “essential services locator app”

Food Resources

  • Text FOOD to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where school aged children can get free summer meals (breakfast and lunch).

Seasonal Resources

Career Resources

Click here for a list of career-based services and workshops in Orange County.

Veteran Resources

Click here for a list of resources for Military Veteran’s and their families.

Donation Resources

Below are other local organizations that may be able to provide furniture and household good donations:

Other Donation Resources:

Please note that we are not affiliated with these organizations.