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.
My name is De Mondray Purnell and I'm a 11 grader at Santiago High School. I been in SteppingUP for 6 year now I learned many different things. SteppingUp help me learn my A-G's and also give me many different point of view about college. They also gave the chance to visit many different college like UCI.
My name is Brandon Del Toro, I am a junior in Santiago High school in Garden Grove.I have been in Stepping Up for half a year. Some activities we did were the Bleach clean up where we spent time walking around Huntington Beach picking up any trash we see, Career day where we were able to experience a real interview and learned all the different types of careers we might look forward to joining. Career day has helped me prepare for the job force.
My name is Roy Amesquita. I am a Junior at Santiago HIgh school. I have been In SteppingUp for close to 4 years. In the time I have been here I experienced many things. I have been able to travel to colleges such as Fullerton, and Cal State LA. Learn about topics that can help get us into college and know things that are occurring through our current society. Go to volunteer events such as beach cleanups and nursery events, and many more things. I have been able to talk to a variety of people with a variety of professions. Thanks to SteppingUp I've learned information to attend a 4 year anniversary.
Best organization, helpful and very knowledgeable staff.
OCCHC has provided me and my family the opportunity to live a much better life than we were previously living in. Now that I have been in college having the privacy of my own room was vital because it's very difficult study for college material when your entire family lives in one room. However, OCCHC gave me and my family the opportunity to have our own place that otherwise we wouldn't be able to afford. I can't say how thankful I am for this privelege.
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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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