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July 12, 2010
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July 12, 2010
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My family became OCCHC residents in 2001. My husband and I have 5 children. Prior to coming to OCCHC, we had been through some very hard times that included homelessness, followed by living for two years in a transitional shelter just to get on our feet. Even after making many positive strides in the right direction, chances were very slim that we could afford to live in Orange County and raise our 5 young children on our limited incomes. At the time that we were accepted by OCCHC, I asked if it would be possible for me to return to school. This had always been a dream of mine and I could see it as a way for me to help better support my family, but it seemed unachievable because I had to work full-time and care for my children. We were elated when we heard the answer, "Yes! Yes you can go to school." One reason this was possible was because our rent would be affordable and I didn't have to work full-time, but could instead attend school full-time. Immediately after moving into our apartment I enrolled at community college. Two years later I graduated with a 4.0 gpa and honors and transferred to UCI on a full scholarship. Two years after that I graduated Summa Cum Laude and transferred to CSU Long Beach to pursue my Masters degree. I now work at OCCHC and am able to support my family. We are now looking forward to purchasing a home in the near future and continuing to push forward as we prepare our children for college. We sincerely thank OCCHC for providing our family with hope and a safe home while allowing us to improve our lives. This has made all the difference in where we are today.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Housing, school, employment, and giving back.

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2009

June 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 13, 2010

The team at Orange County Community Housing Corporaton are unsung heroes. For more than 30 years they have devised ways to house and educate large, low-income families and have done it without making the job about themselves. They never toot their own horn. Their focus on mentoring and educating young people is exemplary. Let's all give more to this great organization so the number of families impacted reaches the thousands! Melody Nava - Advisory Board member - 20 years

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Stepping Up OCCHC Kennedy Commission Project Self-Sufficiency Affordable Housing Clearinghouse

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2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 12, 2010

I have been involved with OCCHC for over a dozen years and have seen it grow from a small organization with great ideals to a great organization with lofty goals that are being achieved. Allen has an unbelievable knack to attract a staff of "doers" that have great intelligence, caring and the ability to make it happen regardless of the obstacles that need to be overcome. They have transformed themselves into an innovated organization that is making a big difference in a population of disadvantaged kids (and parents) and giving them the tools to not only succedd but to make a difference for others as well. They have found the secret to breaking the cycle of failure and making it a cycle of success. OCCHC has been one of our foundations most productive partnerships. It is a super example of our money well spent.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing young kids grow, learn and get some self confidence and understand that education and self worth are the key to long term success. The very limited but exptremely efficient OCCHC staff just don't ccept failure and the results show it.

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2010

June 9, 2010

In a foot race, the staff at OCCHC would beat the Eveready Bunny. The College Awareness Program (CAP), a major part of the Educational arm of the organization, is second to none in the quality of work they do with today's youth. From my perspective, CAP has no equal.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working on the Education Commitee of OCCHC. Monica and her staff are simply second to none.

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2010

June 7, 2010

Orange County Community Housing is a great organization that shows professionalism and courtesy in dealing with less fortunate individuals in seek of a better life. Staff at OCCHC are very dedicated and always show great interest and sympathy. Thanks to their exemplary work habits many lives have been drastically changed in numerous ways.

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June 4, 2010

My experience with OCCHC staff has been a positive one. I have reviewed detailed information on OCCHC's financials and programs and have always been impressed. I am most impressed with the leaders that are a "product" of OCCHC's programing. For example, many former participants of OCCHC's stepping up program are now distinguished leaders in the community that contribute time, money, and expertise. OCCHC also does a tremendous job of having staff and board representation that is reflective of the community they serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in their annual Affordable Housing Award's celebrations.

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2010

June 3, 2010

This is a great organization to work with. Their units are clean and well maintained and they are really invested in helping people get back on their feet and not just to keep giving them charity. If you're thinking about donating this would be a great organization to help out.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They were able to get an elderly couple a place to live.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people are caring and great to work with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and willing to go out of their way to help people in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase or upgrade more housing units.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 3, 2010

I have worked with Allen and OCCHC for the past 30 years. They are the leading Orange County nonprofit agency in helping families succeed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working on issues that effect housing and community development.

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2010

June 2, 2010

I have had the opportunity to work with Allen on a professional basis since 1980; over the years Allen has taken a leadership role in many capacities representing the public interest; as a member of City Council; local water board; community activists and most importantly the "vision and backbone" of OCCHC that began over some 30 years ago. In the early years he had a deep rooted concern to help families in need to help themselves by giving of himself and more importantly creating a vehicle by which he could help families lift themselves out of poverty. That was his Dream, his vision and with God's help has become "HIS REALITY". OCCCHC is the "Best Bet that can be Made On The Future for all of Us" because each dollar invested is put to work in their various program showing the OCCHC stake holders how they can do it themselves over time with a little bit of help; but they have to want it and must work for it or they will be dropped from the program; there is no room for failure in any of OCCHC programs. Take a hard look at OCCHC and dig deep if you have an interest in making a contribution because the deeper that you dig into OCCHC programs the more impressed you will be and the more you will want to do what-ever-you-can to become a part of this unbelievable legacy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the amazing growth of the programs and the OCCHC Staff members over the past 30 years and the postivie impacts that these dedicated people have had upon the children of the stake-holders of OCCHC/

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the funding programs

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the gift in life is in giving

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gifted and exceptional memtor's for the younger generations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to more members of the OCCHC community to the young people develop their leadership skills for the backbone of our future generations

Ways to make it better...

I had the time and money to get more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

OCCHC business continuation plan; someone with drive, ambition and the right contacts is needed to expand upon the OCCHC foundation built by Allen to take the OCCHC to a higher level of visibility in the Charitable Sectors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

OCCHC is doing for their stake-holders what God intended All of us to do for our "neighbors"; ask and you shall recieve; love your neighbors (and your neighbors are all of those who surround you everyday). Think about it. God will move you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 2, 2010

I had the opportunity to work closely with Allen and his team at Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) when I was the chairman of a non-profit in City of Huntington Beach called Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S). Our mission was to help single parents on welfare break free of government assistance through education, counseling and mentoring. Allen and OCCHC provided housing where several mothers and their children stayed while on the PS-S program. Being in a safe and nurturing environment provided for by OCCHC through their housing program gave the mothers and their families the extra edge they needed to move their lives forward.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the positive impact and meaningful changes they have made in people's lives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with people who care and are passionate about thier mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

giving and throughful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

allow them to touch so many more lives

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

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