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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

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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: 5

Have had the best experience with the nonprofit. I love the work that was done to my floors. It makes my place of living feel more like a home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Darlene Rodriguez I am currently a senior at Bolsa Grande High school I have been in SteppingUP for 6 years stepping up they walked me through the steps into my future thanks to them I am where I am today they are a very good program they take are students to experience the college life they take us on trips, they have career fairs so we can explore what career we want to have and we have a chance to socialize SteppingUp opened up my social bubble and I became a more social person thanks to them I will get far in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Kimberly Torres. I’m a recent graduate from Ocean View High. I was in the SteppingUp Program for over two years. This program has helped me out a lot with my college decision process. They helped prep me for my SATs and for college in general. The academic advisors are sooo great!!! They definitely do care about us. They want us to be successful and I’m super appreciative for everything that they’ve done. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet other students from other schools. SteppingUp puts together different trips for us that are both, beneficial and super fun! If I had the opportunity go back in time and join in middle school, I definitely would’ve!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Issa Juarez. I have been a part of SteppingUp for a year thanks to my cousin. My cousin was the first to notify me of this program. I am very glad and thankful for the opportunity to have been accepted into the program. Throughout my senior year, I was provided with many useful resources such as SAT testing, guidance through my college and Dream Act application. I met many amazing people and advisors whom are very passionate about the students’ futures and their accomplishments. Students can seek for guidance in a variety of topics and the advisors will surely provide a healthy resource. Again, I’m very thankful for being a part of this program as I have seen the opportunities I am provided with and the achievements I have accomplished.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Natalia Trejo! I’m currently a senior at Santiago High School and I’ve been involved in SteppingUP for three years. This program has helped my family and I in numerous ways. It is through the weekly meetings with my advisor and senior boot camp that I was able to gain insight into possible career routes for myself and the connections/resources that helped me become the first in my family to attend college. Thank you to this program and its amazing advisors for helping many students like myself!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Sandra Aviles Gutierrez. I am currently a senior at Santiago High School and have been a part of SteppingUP for three years. Stepping up has significantly helped me because it allowed me to learn the importance of a higher education while exposing me to different universities and different ways of life. My weekly meetings with my advisors greatly helped me in exploring different career paths and what it is I want to do. SteppingUP has been extremely helpful throughout my junior year in helping me prepare for the SAT, and senior year with college applications and scholarships. I would like to give all members in SteppingUP a big thank you for all their work and dedication to help students like myself!

Allen B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

as the retired CEO (40 yrs), it is my pleasure to shine another light on the excellent work by
this non-profit. It combines the talent of a real estate developer with the expertise of motivating students from low income families to aspire to great futures by setting a goal, making a plan and manifesting that plan each and every day. We call our annual event "The Lantern" as we merely LIGHT THE PATH for our students; it is up to them to walk the path and hurdle the bolders as the goal is worth the journey. Our College Awareness Program (CAP) is
the creation of our deputy director, Monica Cardenas, who continues to light that path every day through well-trained and inspired Academic Advisers. Our profit (if we are so fortunate) is committed to hiring talented Academic Advisers who keep their students "on the plan" and "on the path" your donations are a wise investment in this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Fernando Pérez and I am a senior at Sunny Hills HS. SteppingUP has been a big help throughout my four years of high school. I came into the program with no clear direction of what I wanted to do in college. I learned about different careers and what would be right for me. I met many new people and have been to colleges I’ve never seen before. My advisors met with me weekly and were constantly pushing me to strive for good grades. They helped me during difficult tasks. With their help I was able to apply to several colleges and complete my FAFSA application. I am now currently enrolled to begin college at Cal State Fullerton.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Yolanda and I am a senior at Buena Park HS. I have been in the SteppingUP program for two years, starting my junior year. Before I started SteppingUP, I really didn't care about my grades, I had D's and F's; I just really wasn't motivated. However, SteppingUP really impacted my life by teaching me the importance of my grades and education. As result, I am well on my way to graduate this May and I am passing all my classes with C's or better. Another lesson that SteppingUP has thought me is, to give back to others. I participated in community service events where we helped families in need of housing and food. It really made me believe I can help others. Thank you SteppingUP for all you have done for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) is a high impact nonprofit organization in Orange County providing affordable housing to low income families in Orange County. OCCHC and the SteppingUp program is an innovative way to change the cycle of poverty for these families by ensuring that the youth living in OCCHC's affordable housing facilities attain higher education; thus, changing their futures for themselves and their siblings.

Union Bank is proud to support and partner with one of most impactful nonprofit organizations in Orange County. Rossina Gallegos, Director

Advisor

Rating: 5

Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) is an organization dedicated to providing shelter for a segment of the population in Orange County that is most in need of housing and education. The organization comprises a dedicated Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members, and staff who are fully dedicated to the mission of the organization. The foregoing members have worked together to established a strong and dedicated network of volunteers, and other supporters to identify properties in Orange County to purchase and renovate buildings as necessary. These properties then become affordable housing for families that might otherwise be homeless--extremely low-income families.

Through their SteppingUp program, OCCHC is also able to demonstrate many years of success helping the children of low income families that are housed, to realize a path to receiving an education. Each year OCCHC celebrates the ability to send dozens of students to college; students who might otherwise have never been able to obtain higher education.

Board members, advisors, and staff of OCCHC all work tirelessly together each year to achieve and exceed the goals of the organization. This organization is able to demonstrate years of investing donated funds into housing and education for a segment of the community that is most in need.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer and advisory board member for over 10 years I am so proud of the continued impact OCCHC has had in the communities it serves, particularly the students and their families. I first came to know OCCHC by way of being a volunteer at SteppingUp's Career Fair where I had the opportunity to see first hand, as a volunteer, who OCCHC was serving. These students, despite their socioeconomic backgrounds, were ambitious positive and craved the experience that was shared with them through the programs OCCHC has put into place. Fast forward through the years of continuing to be a volunteer...building College Kits for the students and being a tutor in the Oak View schools, and then to serve on the Advisory Board has given me a 360 view of the true, meaningful impact, OCCHC has made. I'm so proud of what OCCHC has accomplished and the many students and families it has served.

Advisor

Rating: 5

OCCHC / Stepping Up is a wonderful resource for low-income families to improve their future by promoting higher education, providing decent housing, and encouraging life/financial skills. The staff is fully invested in serving the families in the community which is vital to the success of the organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a longtime donor and member of the advisory board of OCCHC. I am constantly impressed by the depth of the staff's commitment to the families and the scope of their outreach, providing the resources and skills that low income families would otherwise not be able to access.
As a former teacher and homeless activist, I love the Stepping Up program which invests in the future of each child with tutoring, mentoring, financial aid advice, college tours; providing opportunities and encouragement, resulting in college acceptance.
OCCHC is unique in its dual focus: building and providing housing to needy families and then enhancing that mission with improved educational opportunities for the children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud donor and advisor of OCCHC. For over 40 years, OCCHC has supported families in need within our community. Not only do they provide housing support, they provide their clients with the skills and tools necessary to create financial stability and sustainability, enabling families to live productive lives and build bright futures for their children. OCCHC is led by a team of elite professionals dedicated to their mission and community, and who's hard work will pay itself forward for many generations to come. Thank you for all you do.

Advisor

Rating: 5

If you're looking to partner or volunteer with an organization that truly has a commitment to serving low income families and students in Orange County, look no further than OCCHC. The many dedicated individuals at OCCHC have a passion for helping those in need. I proudly volunteer with and give to OCCHC and I recommend this organization to anyone seeking to make an impact within underserved communities.

- Robert De Acevedo, OCCHC Advisory Board
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in Stepping UP for about 7 years and I don't think I could have achieved my dream of attending a four year university without all their help throughout my high school career. Since the beginning when I first joined the program I was exposed to leadership,stem and fitness academies because of Stepping UP. As I started my high school journey the weekly advising sessions helped keep me on track with my grades and provided new volunteering opportunities.I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to be in this amazing program because without the help of the academic advisers and coordinators I would not be the person/student I am today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank to this amazing program because SteppingUp save my kids’ future. because I didn’t know how to enroll them in the university and know my daughter was graduated from cal State Fullerton and she is going to San Diego State for her masters and my son is going to cal State Fullerton. Thank you very much to all the people who help kids to be successful in this beautifull country. God bless all of you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SteppingUp is a great organization to help young students to get ready for life after high school and to make sure you’re ready for the world. They are amazing and I have made a lot of wonderful friends who I won’t ever forget

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer as an intern for Stepping Up and it was such an amazing experience. Right from beginning the staff was very welcoming and helpful. During my time with the organization I was able to learn so much from not only the advisors but from the students as well. As an intern I had the chance to give back to my community by helping students from my alma mater by speaking about my own high school and college experience. It was definitely a rewarding experience that I would recommend others to try.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name's Leslie Pineda I graduated from Godinez Fundamental Highschool and I've been in SteppingUP since I was in 7th grade. Being in SteppingUP has encouraged me to become more focused on my academics and has also encouraged me to be more involved in my community. I have noticed that I am more informed about college and scholarships than my other peers. I have really enjoyed being in this program as students with good grades receive awards and there are informational and fun meetings that are held every couple of months.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Guadalupe Maldonado and I recently graduated from Godinez Fundamental High School. I will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the fall as a Biological Sciences Major. My experiences from SteppingUP has been a wholesome experience and the community is so inviting. The advisors are all welcoming and genuinely try to help you in your struggles. I have recieved a lot of help from them when applying for colleges. A major boost is when they have meetings focusing on a topic that will help you when you move on to college. I'll forever be thankful to this program and my advisor who helped me in the years I've been there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Emily Venegas, I’m graduating from Santiago High School in Garden Grove and I will be attending Cal State Fullerton majoring in Criminal Justice. Stepping Up has benefited me by helping me get out of my comfort zone by meeting new people and by encouraging me to try new things. One thing that o really like about stepping up is that I would get to meet with my advisor every week and she would always have great advice for me weather it was in my academics or in my personal life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As part of the senior class of OCCHC, I believe OCCHC has become a really important group of individuals that help to inspire students to go beyond their circumstances to pursue an educational dream. I've been in the program for a year now and it has been a very fun and important choice that impacted my future. The advisors are friendly, responsible, respectful and caring towards each and every student within the program. Being part of the college awareness program of OCCHC, my advisor helped guide me through the college process easily and detailed everything that I needed in order to apply. OCCHC has impacted me and I am glad of being part of this group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I’m Evelyn . Im attending Santiago High School . I been in stepping up for more than 6 months . I started toward the beginning of my senior year . I liked stepping up because it allowed me to know more about college . And what I needed in order to be ready for college . My advisor helped me fill out my application for college. I enjoyed going to their annual event to Major mania because it allowed my to know more about the field that I want to pursue in a few months. I also got to meet a few new people .

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hey, my name is Lucia Morales I have been involved in SteppingUP for a year and joining this program allowed me to really take advantage of my Senior Year. I have been able to be a part of a senior Boot camp where I visited Universities such as Cal State Long Beach and Dominguez Hills and was able to research majors . Also I have been able to visit colleges such as Cal State Fullerton and USC. I have been guided through the mentoring of Advisor Mayra to apply to colleges and keep a strong GPA by getting good grades. Also besides the academic guidance I was also able to experience going to field trips such as Hollywood Warner Brows Studio. Stepping Up has made my senior year memorable and thanks to Stepping Up and Mayra I will be attending Cal State Fullerton.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jonathan Guzman. I am a senior at Garden Grove High School and I will be attending CSUDH this upcoming fall. I have been apart of the SteppingUP program for 6 years, and thanks to the effort of OCCHC, who have constantly encouraged me to continue my education, I near the end of high school senior year with an idea of what I want to do in the future, and helped bridge the educational gap in my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Aylinne Mendoza and I am a student at Santiago High School who will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the fall of 2019. I’ve been in SteppingUp for only two years but I’ve learned so much with the help of their advisors. In a short amount of time. With SteppingUp, I was granted various educational opportunities and had the privilege to visit college campuses: UC Santa Barbara, Perpperdine, Cal Poly Obispo, and Channel Islands. I was also presented to both a scholarship and Internship at Clearinghouse CDFI where I worked and learned about a business environment that helps other smaller businesses grow. Thanks to the constant support I can honestly say I am prepared for college and future success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name jose and I have been in SteppingUP for 6 years and a current senior at Santiago high school, and will be attending cal state Fullerton in the fall. This organization has helped me by exposing me to all the colleges and universities that will push me to have a great future. As college field trips, and weekly meetings with an advisor has kept me on track to be as competitive as possible for the school of my choice. The field trip to Pepperdine helped me realize the school of my dreams. Special thanks to my advisor Myra for always keeping me on track, and preparing me for the classes I will take in college and giving me the advise for success in my quest for a higher education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SteppingUP is a wonderful program that has done so much for my family and I. SteppingUp has helped my siblings and I be prepare for college and have helped us for the real world. I've been apart of SteppingUP since I was in the 6th grade. Throughout all these years I've been introduced to a lot of college information, and have been able to visit various colleges. I appreciate the SteppingUP college tours because without them I probably would have never visited them. SteppingUP has supported my 2 sisters and parents not only by providing us with affordable housing but teaching us to reach for a better lifestyle. I am very thankful for SteppingUP.

Aitxa F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my experience here and will hopefully have my sisters enroll in SteppingUp.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Erika Ramos and I have been apart of STepping Up since I was in middle school. This program has positively influenced my life because it exposed me to college at such a young age. This experience allowed me to strive for a higher education and eventually make myself work hard enough to get accepted into my dream school. This non-profit is extremely beneficial to young people who wish to pursue higher education but don't have the push to get there. This non-profit with leave a lasting impression on those who wish to partake in this path.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to share that SteppingUP has changed my life so much I was given so much opportunities and learned so much to purse higher education and to as well help seek employment. I love being here in this wonderful safe fun environment I had so much great memories here having to do so much as a family from different communities. I learned to bring changes in our community and gave lots of time to volunteer and give back. I thank everyone so much I give my great appreciation to everyone who has helped me learn and grow in the program. I would love to tell so much students about this program because they too will receive all the help the support and many more here in the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone, my name is Jerry Garcia. Even though I’ve been in the program for a year, I was immensely helped by the advisors from SteppingUP. They helped me with college applications, scholarships, volunteering hours, and much more. I owe it to them and the people that support SteppingUp for helping me through Senior year.

Stacey L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I’m Stacey Lopez, a recent High School graduate from Santiago High School in Garden Grove. My experience in SteppingUP has truly been one I will never forget. There were so many things going on and I never felt like there was nothing I couldn’t do. We had activities and field trips constantly being arranged by our advisors with the donations from our sponsors. Because of this program I went from learning my a-g requirements to making a resume for a job. My 6 years in the program have changed how I view education and success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SteppingUP has become a huge part of my life and has helped me shape who I am and who I am going to become. They helped me when I was lost and confused, young and naive, without them I would probably still be as ignorant as I was before. Thanks to them I'm now a senior who is going to attend CSUF at the start of the fall term.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member since middle school and it has helped me so much! The weekly advising sessions are so beneficial, especially when getting ready to transition to go to a different school (middle school--> high school, high school-->college). Thanks to SteppingUP, I received clarification with FAFSA, college application, scholarships, and more.
I am so thankful of the support from SteppingUP that allowed my dreams of getting accepted into a four-year university a reality. I am now a graduating senior from the Huntington Beach community and I recommend this to other students!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been in SteppingUP since the 7th grade and I can frankly say that it has truly helped in understanding many aspects of life. Yes the main focus is college awareness but the advisors also take time to discuss emotional and mental health. The advisors in this organisation truly care about their students. The time dedicated to their caseload allows students and advisors to form a bond. The program's objective to ensure students have the necessary tools to pursue higher education and be successful is fulfilled in entirety. They provide many workshops on job interviews, resume-building, and public speaking to make sure they're prepared for real life situations. They also host book clubs to help progress student's reading and writing skills. A suggestion would be to host more science-oriented workshops and field trips. Overall I would recommend this program to any student looking for an extracurricular or general guidance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in SteppingUP for five years, and I can honestly say that it has been an amazing program to be a part of. Being a first generation college student I had no one to help me throughout the college application process, and I didn't have that much understanding of college. Once I became a part of the SteppingUP program I began to gain a better understanding of what college is and why it is so important. More than just being a college awareness program, SteppingUP is also a family. It is a place where you can not only learn about the benefits of college and how to get there, but you are also able to build relationships with people that you will forever cherish. Moreover, something that SteppingUP has also done is that they also involved my parents in the whole process. Before SteppingUP both of my parents didn't have that much of an understanding of college, and much less on the application process. Throughout this last year in SteppingUP I was able to realize that if it weren't for this amazing program I wouldn't be where I am today.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Anna Villanueva. I am a Junior at Ocean View High School. I have been in SteppingUP for 4 years now. From these four years I have become very knowledgeable of preparing myself for college, and for my life after high school. I have also learned to value my education because others don't have the same opportunities that I have. SteppingUP is an enormously great program, what makes them so great is that they make everyone feel like they belong, and like no matter where we come from we are all able to achieve success in our future. SteppingUP is also a great program because they provide us with so much information on college. SteppingUP also helps us on how to be prepared for what our life will be like once we become mature adults. My favorite thing about SteppingUP is that everyone is so nice and kind, and we all work together to achieve one goal which is to go to a great University and to be proud of who we have become.

Valerie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am from Ocean View High School and I have been part of SteppingUP since freshman year. I like SteppingUP because they provide educational support and skills that I do not have at home. My favorite is career day because I meet professionals and have the opportunity to ask them any questions about their career that can help guide me through my future. The advisors are amazing: Stephanie, Maggie, Oscar, Mayra along with other advisors that are dedicated to all their students. I appreciate all the advisors hard work and everything they continue to do for us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of STEPPINGUP since I was in 7th grade. I am now a senior in high school. This program has informed me about the higher levels of education and have given me opportunities that my parents could not.

Advisor

Rating: 5

OCCHC/ SteppingUP has helped and given low income families the opportuniuty to give them a better life. Not only are they helping many families with their living situation, but they are also helping the children continue their education. SteppingUP is giving these children the motivation and knowledge to further their education. This program teaches the children the different kinds of fields they will be able to study for in the future. I am very happy to be a part of OCCHC/SteppingUP and seeing these families thrive for a better life!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Orange County Community Housing Corp helps to change the lives of so many families by providing quality housing at affordable prices for families in their community. In addition to housing assistance, OCCHC, through their College Awareness Program, SteppingUP, also provides education and mentoring services to the young residents. I am impressed with the enthusiasm and excitement of every employee, volunteer, and mentor at this organization. It is obvious that they love the work they do, which is why OCCHC continues to impact so many lives in a positive way.

Donor

Rating: 5

Orange County Community Housing Corp is truly a caring organization. The passion that the Board and staff carry to fulfill it's mission is admirable. I've had the pleasure to be involved with OCCHC for the last 17 years and I am very proud of everything they have accomplished. I'm lucky to be part of their Advisory Committee and I will continue to support OCCHC for many years to come. It is extremely touching to see how their labor impacts the lives of many families in need. Through their mission, OCCHC has been able to provide a safer environment to low income families and through their programs provide an opportunity for children to succeed in their education.

The programs available for students are priceless and are life changing as well. The best part is that the results speak for themselves and seeing the transformation of families and positive impact it has on the children is very rewarding.

Thank you to the donors and supporters that have supported OCCHC carry out is mission throughout the years. This would not be possible without your support. Orange County Community Housing Corp is an outstanding non profit that is making a significant difference in our community and I will encourage everyone to support this organization.

Sincerely,

Mayra Soto

Advisor

Rating: 5

OCCHC has provided safe, suitable affordable housing for low- and very low-income children and their parents for 40 years, plus programs for them to gain access to health education and a pathway to college for high school students. OCCHC continues to grow its operation, making it a point to hire from the community, support local school systems and moreover, maintain its own self-sufficiency. Why? Because its high performance team has a steeled dedication to serve vulnerable communities, and frankly, because its leadership team has a razor sharp focus on what matters most in lifting children out of poverty.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for OCCHC for over 7 years. Without doubt every board member and employee is dedicated to our mission of transitioning extremely low income families towards greater self sufficiency by assisting them with housing and education. This is accomplished through the dedication and leadership of our executive director Nora Mendez and our deputy director Monica Cardenas. They and their dedicated and competent team work tirelessly to improve our communities by providing a safe and clean environment for our residents while assisting them and their families with educational assistince helping to break the cycle of poverty.

I couldn't be more proud of what Orange County Community Housing Corporation and their Stepping Up programs have done to improve our communities throughout Orange County. OCCHC is also a leader among many other non-profits offering assistance and resources that allow them to fulfill their missions as well.

Please consider supporting this incredibly successful organization in continuing their mission to meet the needs of our communities through housing and education.

Sincerely,

Jon Timmons

Advisor

Rating: 5

Success and OCCHC go hand-in-hand! Hundreds of high school seniors made college a reality thanks to the tireless efforts of OCCHC. Its staff is committed to each student they serve and for many of the students this may be their first experience of having a strong mentor show them support and encouragement and that anything is possible!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a higher education professional and on the advisory board. The amount of talent, passion and dedication of each and every staff member to the mission of Orange County Community Housing Corp. is exceptional. Serving the under served and providing housing options in Orange County motivates staff every day.

Stepping Up, the college awareness program is an important part of what this organization does to help children not just dream but plan and be prepared to go to college. Providing tutoring, financial aid counseling and road trips to visit colleges is just some of what this great organization is able to accomplish.

Funds are spent very wisely and invested in the programs that change lives. One of the best organizations I have been a part of over the years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a previous board member of this organization, I remain deeply impressed with its continued progress to fulfill its mission of providing quality housing and supportive services for those in need. Since its inaugural days in the late 1970's when it became one of the first non-profits in Orange County to address the critical need for affordable housing for lower income households, it has steadily increased its inventory of housing. At the same time it added services such as "Stepping Up" which sought to provide education and mentoring services so its younger residents could achieve success in higher education and gainful emploment. All told, OCCHC has succeeded in breaking the bonds of poverty and improving local neighborhoods--exceeding expectations and the hopeful desires of the founding members.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rating: 5

My name is Kelly Villa. I'm a freshman at Ocean View High School. I have been in this program for four years. I have learned so many things about college that I never knew existed. I have learned about a-g requirements, financial aid, and other important things that will help me in the future. I'm very fortunate to be in this program that teaches me things I didn't know about before. You meet new people from other communities and go visit universities. I have such good memories with this program, and I'm looking forward to more. You can't compare another program for SteppingUP. SteppingUP is one of a kind.

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Rating: 5

My name is Henry Ponce , I'm a sophomore at Ocean View High School. I've been in the program for 4 years now. What I've learned during my time in this program is understanding the difference between public and private colleges. I also learned about financial literacy and how to deal with money. Also having a one-on-one session with your advisor and just talking about life ,how they can help in a way and I think that's what makes a huge difference knowing that they are there to help you and guide you through the time your with this program.

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Rating: 5

My name is Arleth Romero. I am a 7th grader at Vista View Middle School. I have only been in this program for a couple of months and it's really fun. I have learned a lot about college and about how to be prepared for it. What makes Stepping Up great is having communication with your friends and advisors. By having group session, Cap meetings, and fun events I feel it's a great way to communicate with others in the program. Overall Stepping Up is a great fun program to be in.