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Orange County Community Housing Corp.

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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

132 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: 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.