The patron saint for the homeless is St. Benedict Joseph Labre.
“Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” – Matthew 8:20
Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment and necessary resources for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.
Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which include families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled. Our goal is simple: To end the cycle of homelessness of those who enter our system of care.
Mary’s Kitchen is an all volunteer organization that provides food and services to the homeless of Orange County, California.
Family Promise of Orange County
The mission of Family Promise of Orange County is to help homeless families achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, meals, case-management, and hospitality.
The mission of StandUp for Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness. Volunteers carry out this mission walking through city streets in order to find, stabilize, and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. If you are experiencing homelessness and are between the ages of 12-24 call the StandUp hotline.
What is SHIP?
Address: 15161 Jackson Street, Midway City, CA 92655
SHIP is an ecumenical venture composed of 18 local churches that provide food, shelter, shower, and counseling for to up eight homeless employable single adults . Guests are carefully screened and can be provided up to 60 days to find employment. Upon finding employment they are held to rigorous budget and savings requirements with the intention to save as much money as possible within a 4-5 month period. Guests are held accountable for all of their time, spending, and actions. Guests are then transitioned into affordable housing. SHIP does not accept guests with disabilities. Guests must be employable.
SHIP is always looking for additional churches to support their efforts. Youth groups can help sign up to provide meals to residents.
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