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We are a homeless prevention agency providing a hand up in
time of need. Among the
services we offer:

     • Food Pantry
     • Rental and Utility Assistance
     • Bus and Gas Vouchers
     • Transitional Shelter Program for
        single women and women with
        children under 12
     • Work force development
     • Free tax help for working poor
     • Credit counseling


Get Help From FAM

Family Assistance Ministries is a homeless prevention agency that provides food and assistance to an average of 3,600 each month. Last year, FAM provided just over $1.7 million worth of food and personal care items to hungry individuals and families in the form of groceries, holiday gifts and grocery baskets, diapers, clothing, personal items, and hygiene products. All new FAM clients receive individual case management and financial counseling.  

Who We Serve

FAM serves any south Orange County families and individuals in need with help in the following areas below. FAM's second saturday USDA food distribution program is available to anyone who self certifies they are low income. FAM's Gilchrist Transitional Shelter accepts clients from any area.

Homeless Prevention Programs and Services

Food Assistance:

  • Fresh, frozen, canned, packaged and bagged food
  • Street food packs
  • USDA food distribution (2nd Saturday of each month)

FAM Programs and Services:

  • Case Management (all new clients)
  • Transportation Assistance (bus passes, gas vouchers and car repairs)
  • Financial Assistance (when funds are available, bills paid directly to provider)
  • Medical/RX Bill Assistance (when funds are available, paid directly to provider)
  • Rental/Motel Assistance
  • Utilities Assistance
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Diapers, Formula and Baby Care Items
  • Free Clothing Boutique
  • Toiletry Packs
  • Mail Service
  • Free RX Discount Card
  • Budget and Credit Coaching
  • Personal Items and Hygiene
  • Holiday Gifts and Food Baskets
  • Job Search Coaching 
  • Health and Human Services Referrals

Gilchrist Transitional Shelter:
Safe temporary housing and homeless shelter for women and women with children.

  • Safe Shelter
  • One-on-One Case Management
  • One-on-One Job Search Coaching
  • Financial Counseling
  • Life Skills Training
  • Job Counseling

Medical/Dental/Vision Programs:
Services provided by FAM partners.

  • FREE RX Discount Card
  • Free Tax Preparation (Offered by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA IRS)
  • Oral Hygiene Kits (Offered by Healthy Smiles for Children)
  • Flu Shots & Nutrition Counseling (Offered by Mission Hospital/St Joseph's)
  • Counseling for Youth and Adults with Medi-Cal (Offered by Western Youth Services)

FAM's Annual Programs and Events:

  • Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Program
  • Thanksgiving Community Congregant Meal
  • Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program
  • Christmas Toy and Shoe Give-Away
  • Easter Brunch, Egg Hunt and Easter Baskets
  • Back to School Supplies Program

Geographic Areas Served:

  • San Clemente
  • Dana Point/Capistrano Beach
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Aliso Viejo
  • Rancho Mission Viejo
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Ladera Ranch
  • Mission Viejo
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