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 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


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)


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

Dear friend of families in need,
“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

Dear friend of families in need,
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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