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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness using innovative, integrated care and a unique public/ private partnership. We assess homeless and unstably housed families and individuals to identify needs and provide immediate relief when necessary. We provide on-going interdisciplinary care that combines housing with case management, medical care, mental health and workforce services to decrease dependence on community resources. We offer a low-entry threshold to advance health and housing stability for the most vulnerable members of our community, with a focus on families and those with medical or mental health conditions.

Results: The Illumination Foundation has assessed 23,559 people for their housing and medical needs since July 2008. Based on these assessments, we have provided them with these vital services: Housing Services to over 2,000 families, Educational Services to over 2,000 children, Healthcare Services to over 14,000 people and Recuperative Care Services to over 2,350 individuals.

Target demographics: homeless families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness

Geographic areas served: Orange County, Los Angeles County, Inland Empire/San Bernardino

Programs: Provide wrap-services including housing,social services and healthcare to homeless individuals and families.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to intern for Illumination Foundation for the past 3 months at their CHildren's Resource Center in Stanton. This experience has been a blessing and one of growth. I have enjoyed my time being able to work with the children and partake in providing activities for them. The staff here were welcoming and friendly and beyond helpful when I first started and I am grateful for their support they have given me to complete my internship hours. I can truly see how the services they provide for the children and families are truly beneficial to them and I am glad that I have been able to experience being a part of the team.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with IF for over a year now, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life! ♡

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing place. I help out with their after school program and I love every bit of it. The kids are able to focus an homework and reading as well as play outdoors. It gives me joy knowing how much we are providing for these kids and for their future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Illumination Foundation is an organization that my student organization has been collaborating with for years! We love IF and everything they do for the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Illumination Foundation is by far the most impactful, altruistic, and connected organization I have ever had the honor of volunteering with. My school offers many different types of clubs related to organizational volunteering - but not a single one has influenced me in the same genuine way that the Illumination Foundation has. The Illumination Foundation is different; it provides an outlet for volunteers to establish a long lasting personal and direct connection with the poverty-stricken families as well as with other likeminded volunteers. In that way, the Illumination Foundation has changed me over the past three years for the best. I have realized my potential as a role model for change, I have become more confident in my capabilities, and I have become a more openminded individual who wants to continue giving back to the community for as long as I can. I wouldn't be able to imagine my local community without the Illumination Foundation there to support families caught in the cycle of homelessness. Thousands upon thousands of individuals - adults and children - have depended on the Illumination Foundation for stable housing, healthcare, education, career coaching, and overall encouragement.
As for myself, I can undoubtedly say that this organization is not just another volunteer platform for me, but rather, a source of where my responsibility lies. That is because I have met and built friendships with so many wonderfully bright children through Illumination's programs that I feel it is my responsibility to support them as much as I can. Volunteering with the Illumination Foundation, just knowing that I'll be able to make a direct impact for the children, is the major occasion I continually look forward to. It never feels like "work" - volunteering at Illumination's events is always fun, inviting, and enriching.
The staff never fails to put their best foot forward for the sake of the families in their program in new ways and make an evident effort to make volunteers feel welcome. I couldn't be happier volunteering with the Illumination Foundation.

1 Davin R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became familiar with Illumination Foundation only a few months ago but you can tell right away that they care greatly about helping those who are homeless in the Orange County area. IF works diligently to create a more stable environment for these families and gives them the tools they need to create a better life for themselves. After seeing them in action on site restoring a building to create temporary housing for families who don't have a home, to attending a fundraising event where you get to see families and children whose lives were changed for the better because of IF, it's truly inspiring to see an organization that cares for people in need and feel a strong urge to help in every way they can.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our nursing students work with IF every year as they learn about the problems of homelessness in our community. It is an eye-opening experience for them as they witness the compassionate care that IF delivers. Illumination Foundation should be the model for care of the homeless across our country!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IF as a volunteer for a little over a year now and it's been a life changing commitment of mine. You know the events are successful when you encounter the warmth of smiles running across the the children's faces. Not to mention, all of the events I've been involved in had been extremely tasteful as well, meaning that the coordination behind it had been well thought out as well. Illumination Foundation had been an exponentially growing movement and I can see it only continuously grow. It not only changes the lives of people that are receiving aide, but also influences the ones involved in being the helping hand as well. Keep doing what you do, IF team! You guys rock

2 Andi5

Former staff

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this foundation and the work they do in the community!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love how Illumination Foundation uses exciting. beautiful and trendy events to help such a great cause. They are catering to the next generation as using colorful and beautiful ways to make a difference for the homeless of OC. I volunteered at their Designer Runway show and was very pleased to find out how professional, beautiful and organized the entire event was. The staff was willing to answer my questions as a non-versed volunteer despite seeming busy.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Illumination Foundation as an AmeriCorps fellow and have loved my experience. Everyone at the office, the Children's Resource Centers, and Recuperative Care facilities are so friendly and passionate about the work that they do! It's so much fun playing with the kids after school, they're so cute and energetic. It's heartbreaking when you realize a lot of these kids may not have so much as a toothbrush!

As an Irvine kid, native to "the bubble", it was difficult to conceptualize the staggering wealth juxtaposed against poverty in the same community. I was looking to get involved with an organization that works hard to address issues that are overlooked or ignored in Orange County. And I certainly found it in Illumination Foundation! This organization has empowered me to take action and advocate for my neighbors!

5 Ty R.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

After being asked by the CEO to perform the General Contractors duties at IF's Tina-Pacific project in Stanton... they scammed me out of thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses, hundreds of hours of labor (they rarely supplied any donated labor that they promised to have to get the job done!), contractors of mine donated and discounted valuable materials and labor, .... then his sister bounces a $10,000 check to me that was given to me as partial payment cuz she said her brother, the CEO, was ....... EVERY NAME in the book! They will not return phone calls or communicate in any manner as to how and when PAYMENT will be made to me and my subcontractors, workers, etc! My name is Ty Richey and feel free to contact me at tyrichey6@aol.com