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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Literacy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Founded in 1977, OCCHC is committed to getting local, state, federal and private funds invested in housing for extremely low income large families and to providing the necessary tools to those families to enable them to get an education and job training.  The foundation of a neighborhood, community, city, state and nation begins with the family.

Target demographics: very low income students go to college

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 students

Geographic areas served: Orange County, California

Programs: the College Awareness Program which provides the student with a well-trained competent Academic Advisor and associated programs

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Lizbeth Ramirez and I am a junior at Ocean View High School. I have been in the program for about four years now and I have learned many many things. As the first in my family to be going to college, I knew nothing about how to get to college and what I needed to be able to apply. SteppingUP has taught me the difference between privates and public colleges, they have taught me how to be able to pay for college even if you don't have the money. From how to get to college, to learning about credit/debit, and having a healthy life style, SteppingUP has taught me many valuable lessons that will be very useful in my future. I am very grateful to have SteppingUP in my life. I don't know what my future would look like without it.

Client Served

Rating: 3

My name is Alex I'm in ninth grade I go to Cypress High School. I've been in stepping up for 2 years and 10 months. Thanks to this program, I have been able to attend many Universities, like Cal State Fullerton and I have been able to take a peek at life on campus and I am able to see myself there one day. I have also been able to attend many educational CAP meetings. where we talk about topics that are related to college and things students experience . My only issue is that they give the same CAP meetings every year.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Cristian Arellano I am in 9th grade and i have been in the program for 3 years. Something that I like about SteppingUP is that every year we go to Cal State Fullerton during their career day event, where I got to meet different professionals and I had the chance to ask them questions and also I had the opportunity to practice my Interviewed skills. This has impacted my life because now I know what questions they ask in Interviews and also how to answer them and feeling more prepared for when I grow up.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi i'm Michael Hernandez and i'm a sixth grader in Vista View Middle school. I've been in SteppingUP for 3 months. I have learned to talk in a interview and learned what to say in the interview so I have a better chance getting the job. What makes Steeping UP great is that it has given me lots of opportunities.
Happy holidays,
Michael Hernandez

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Jesse Camacho, I am in the 6th grade and I go to Vista View Middle School. I've been in this program for 3 months. SteppingUP has taught me how to prepare for an interview when i apply for a job. SteppingUP also has taught me of several ways to stop bullying. Stepping \UP is a great program because they have a lot of funny advisers and because they teach you things that you don't already know.
Sincerely,
Jesse Camacho

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sergio Rodriguez and I am an 8th grade, currently attending Vista View Middle School. I have been in SteppingUp for almost 4 years. What I have learned from stepping up is learning the A-G requirements. What makes SteppingUp great is the college field trips because we can learn what college actually feels like and experience what kind of classes there is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jesus Torres, I am in 8th grade and I go to Vista View Middle School. I've been in SteppingUP for about a year now. I learned how to do a resume because so it can prepare us for when we apply for a job and get an interview.
What makes SteppingUP great is the amazing field trips like the one where we went to Cal State Fullerton.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Vanessa Flores I am an eighth grader at Vista View Middle School. I've been in SteppingUP for three years. I've learned many important things about collage and about life. For example we have learn the A through G requirements and many useful things we might need for the future SteppingUP has brought in many different professionals to teach us how to save money and to treat everyone equally. What makes SteppingUP great is that it not only teaches about school but also about things that might happen throughout our life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Mark Garcia. I am a sixth grader at vista view middle school in Fountain Valley. I have been in SteppingUP for 2 months. I have learned many things in SteppingUP. One thing I have learned was knowing how to communicate with other people. I like everything in SteppingUP. It is a very fun and amazing program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hi my name is Brenda Sotero. I'm an 8th grader at Marine View Middle School. I've been in SteppingUP for 3 years and I've learned a lot of useful things about collage and other things that I may need to use in my future. All these events such as the CAP meetings that have been prepared for us students is what makes SteppingUP great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Ivan Valadez I am an 8th grader at Vista View Middle School. I've been in the program for 3 years now. From my experience I have learned what type of colleges there are. Also how to apply and get ready for college. What makes SteppingUp great is that its a free college awareness program for me and other students to experience the preparation for college and the outside world.