FAM Awards FAM Volunteers Scout Troop Volunteers FAM Easter Egg Hunt FAM Hunger Walk 2013 FAM Helps People! FAM Thanksgiving Dinner 2011 About Family Assistance Ministries Standing in line for food at FAM
We are a hunger and homeless prevention agency providing a hand up in time of need. Among the services we offer:

     • Case Management
     • Budgeting & financial counsel
     • Food pantry
     • USDA food
     • As funds are available:
             rent, motel, utility, medical &
             prescription, bus & gas vouchers
     • Transitional Housing for homeless
             women & women with children
     • Work force development
     • Free income tax prep
     • Mail service
     • Adopt-a-Family for the holidays
     • Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Easter
             distribution events


Changed Lives

Family Assistance Ministries Provides Food

FAM has been providing hunger and homeless prevention services in South OC since 1999.
11 staff, 14 Board members, and 140 weekly volunteers give of their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Most people don't want to come and ask for help. It can be humbling, scary, and intimidating. Typically by the time someone arrives at FAM's door, they've been through VERY challenging and difficult times. 

One senior, who we'll call Sally, who arrived at our door was sobbing and holding an eviction notice. Sally met with a case manager who began to run her financial numbers to create a budget. The case manager notice that she owned her mobile home but had not paid her HOA for 7 months. Noticing she COULD afford the nominal monthly fee, the case manager asked what was going on?

Sally sobbed again as she explained that her 40 year old son was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer seven months ago. Of course, her money, her thoughts and emotions were all directed at trying to save his life. 

FAM's case manager called the Homeowners Association, explained the situation and offered to have Sallly come to FAM each month to pay her bill and we would match it. This way she could be caught up in 3 months but better than that, Sally would be back in the habit of paying her bills. They were delighted to accommodate Sally. Sadly her son did pass away but today Sally has a roof over her head. 


• An average 3,600 HUNGRY people seek assistance at FAM each month

• 46% of these clients are CHILDREN under the age of 18

 ALL clients meet with their own case manager and help creating a budget in order to begin making the tough decisions needed to regain self-sufficiency

• Last year FAM redistributed over $1.7 million worth of FOOD and personal care items

Over $118,000 in client aid in the form of bills paid to service providers CHANGED LIVES of those on edge in our community because of the GENEROUS SPIRIT of our DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, and PARTNERS!

How does FAM helps our clients?

   -  138 households with $43,550 in rental assistance
   -  41 households with $9,426 in interim motel assistance
   -  174 households with $25,748 in utility assistance
   -  109+ households with $19,361 in transportation assistance
   -  over $43,000 in assistance to seniors

 An average of 60 homeless women and women with children are housed and provided life skills and HOPE through Gilchrist House FAM's Transitional Shelter. (see Get Help for more details)


January 2016 Newsletter

The reach of FAM—your reach—is expanding north! The reason is simple. FAM has a vision to prevent hunger and homelessness in ALL of South Orange County. But for hundreds in dire need, San Clemente is just too far away.

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December 2015 Newsletter

What a joy to tell you, “Thank you for all you have done!” During 2015, your wonderful partnership helped the lives of countless families with children, seniors, and single adults...people in need right here in our community. FAM provided a helping hand more than 51,000 times--that’s almost 200 people a day.

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November 2015 Newsletter

Prepare to be gripped by Jessica’s1 story. As she retold what happened, Jessica sobbed, while expressing appreciation for you and the help she received through FAM. “I woke up coughing and to the smell of smoke. Jumping out of bed, I opened the bedroom door.

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September 2015 Newsletter

You, your family, and friends will have a great time while you make a life changing difference for hungry people right here at home. FAM’s 28th Annual Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, October 18th. Join the walk, and help raise awareness about a real need that actually should not even exist...nobody should go hungry!

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August 2015 Newsletter

Thank you for caring! I write because the mountain Mitch is climbing is steep. Because of you he is making wonderful progress. Mitch had it rough, having made some pretty bad choices. He dropped out of high school and by age 18 had a wife and a child on the way. Next he joined a gang and went to prison...

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July 2015 Newsletter

Shelley went from addiction to become a totally new person. She is restoring her life with hard work…helped along the way through FAM…and you! “I could see signs of addiction in my family from the time I was a child – using alcohol as a remedy for depression and anxiety- but I didn’t really ‘get it.’

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June 2015 Newsletter

To say I am grateful for you would be a true understatement! There’s hardly a day that goes by when I don’t think of your compassion for the hurting, of your gracious partnership with Family Assistance Ministries. I am…we all…are thankful for you! So is Anita. She has severe fibromyalgia and cannot work. For years, Bill and Anita lived a typical middle class life. They had two children. Bill was in sales, and Anita worked for years in an Albertson’s grocery store.

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May 2015 Newsletter

I’ve delivered singing telegrams, had a job as a singing waitress, and sang at weddings and funerals. All that changed when I was diagnosed five years ago with a debilitating disease. “Without FAM, we wouldn’t have made it..."

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April 2015 Newsletter

It’s the easy, simple way…just give people in need a check. Right? But does it work? You know the answer. No matter how well-intentioned, giving people money on a monthly basis tends to create dependency. It destroys initiative and self-worth. So when it comes to choosing between dependency or self-sufficiency, FAM chooses the latter. As a faithful partner of FAM, I know that is your desire too as we labor together to help hurting families and individuals in our community in real and lasting ways...

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March 2015 Newsletter

This will be a rather unusual letter. May I bring you into my world at FAM? Specifically Friday, February 27th. I wasn’t going to be at FAM and instead was going to attend a Commission to End Homelessness meeting, an important one. But something inside me kept gnawing away…an inner voice…that said… “You need to be at FAM.”

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February 2015 Newsletter

“I have an electronic engineering degree and 20 years experience in computer maintenance. But with the recession, I could find only part-time work. Last year business really slowed down, and I was laid off. I immediately started looking for another job. I carefully watched all my spending...”

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January 2015 Newsletter

“Hello Santa, I write this letter in desperation. I worry about Christmas this year. I’d like it to be different. “My children worry because we don’t have money for gifts or even enough to pay the rent. I wish they could forget about that and just be happy. My oldest is such a good boy. He understands what we’re going through. He needs shoes to play soccer at high school, but he never asks us for anything..."

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December 2014 Newsletter

“We’re so very grateful to you, for the friends of Family Assistance Ministries. We had just enjoyed a family dinner and were coming home late. I was driving. My husband Jamie sat next to me, and four year- old Jamie Jr. was in the back seat. Thankfully, each of us was wearing a seatbelt....”

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October 2014 Newsletter

“Steve made a career change, more entrepreneurial with greater opportunities for income and advancement. Things came together even better than we expected. But then with the sluggish economy, everything stopped cold. We could no longer pay our rent. The landlord graciously let us out of our lease without any penalty....”

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September 2014 Newsletter

“Please join me and hundreds of others at FAM’s 27th Annual Hunger Walk, in San Clemente on Sunday afternoon, October 19th at 12:30 pm. It’s always such a meaningful time. Great community-building event for a GREAT cause! Not only will you be helping us make an impactful statement for all to see, but by joining you’ll be helping to feed hungry people...”

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August 2014 Newsletter

“I was feeling desperate and hopeless. I knew I had to find a job. But I had no idea how difficult that would be. I wanted to use my education in psychology and my volunteer experience with recovering addicts. I considered jobs in retail, but the cost of childcare would take my whole paycheck. Still, I kept at it, looking and applying everywhere....”

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July 2014 Newsletter

What do you do when your mother, the only parent you have ever known, suddenly dies? This young family—three siblings—turned to FAM. Because of you, they have found much hope and help. “Mom was always happy and talkative, in spite of being disabled the last ten years of her life....”

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June 2014 Newsletter

Every morning, 77 year-old Norman was there at a local coffee shop, having a hot cup of java, in friendly conversation with the regulars. Tina was a regular too. “I’d see Norman all the time. He would be warming up with his coffee and we’d often talk. It became apparent to me that he was living in his car, although he never mentioned it. So one day I asked him...”

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April 2014 Newsletter

“Everything started going downhill when Josh had a serious motorcycle accident. Since then, he gets spells that incapacitate him and panic attacks. He’s tried to work, but can’t with his unpredictable symptoms. Without his income, we lost our home. We stayed with friends, but that didn’t work out. The three of us ended up living in our van. Much of the time we just parked it somewhere on the street until we were told to move. It’s been really rough..."

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March 2014 Newsletter

“I was concerned for my young son’s mental health. My husband had been abusive. Life with him became really awful. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know anything about government social services or any other help. We were desperate. So my son, Devon, and I left him. I figured that living in a car was better than being in constant danger. We were homeless. What a nightmare it turned out to be! It was very hard on Devon...”

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February 2014 Newsletter

“I can’t thank you enough. I’ve learned to love myself again.” Christine’s story has warmed our hearts. She’s the kind of person we’d all like to help...not wanting to be dependent, but self-sufficient, to give back. All she needed was a loving “hand up.”

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January 2014 Newsletter

You are a member of a wonderful family that cares for people in need … right in our own community. We are all grateful for you! Because of you, FAM is enabled to step in when neighbors are in crisis, to lead them to hope and prevent homelessness. Thank you!

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