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Solutions for Change

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Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Temporary Housing, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Solving family homelessness one family, one community at a time.

Results: We have a 94% success rate of permanently solving homelessness for over 800 families and their 1500 children.

Target demographics: homeless families with children find a permanent solutions to their homelessness.

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: We solve family homelessness through our innovative model called Solutions University. It is a 1000 day program where we equip families with the skills, knowledge, and resources to permanently end their homelessness.

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! The staff have truly saved my life! I came here lost and broken. My fiance and I were given all the tools and resources we needed to succeed! We have a life we never dreamed we could have today. We are financially secure and able to provide for our 2 beautiful children. We are blessed beyond measure! We will be forever grateful for this program and the wonderful staff and our community we consider family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has completely transformed our lives. We came with a car and suitcases of clothes. We learned accountability and servant leadership. We now have permanent housing. Our CPS case has closed. We have full time jobs and 2 cars. We attend 12 step meetings and have sponsors. Our life is amazing and we are eternally grateful to Solutions for Change!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Despite refusal of funds from government agencies due to its drug-free policy for residents, this wonderful, caring organization still finds a way to keep moving forward while holding its values and standards high in serving others. I have served a meal to several families who are being lifted out of their circumstances and in our conversations felt their hope, gratitude, and determination to make a better life for themselves. The leadership at Solutions for Change has a never-wavering conviction to bring Christ-like love and support without judgement to all who come to live here.

Jessica S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission and vision in helping to end homelessness. I've helped volunteer with them before and it was a wonderful ex po experience. They're dedicated to improving lives, not just placing a band aid on the problem. Even with funding cut from state/government sources, they've continued to find a way to help support these families to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Christine S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing because it teaches families how to end the cycle of homelessness by teaching life skills and accountability. Parents learn how to eventually rely on themselves in order to care for themselves and their families. Instead of a bandaid this organization helps heal families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in solutions for change and I just want to tell you all how amazing this program is. it was a life chaging experience. It gave me a sense of belonging. It showed me how to believe in myself. Now I've been sober for almost 8yrs all thanks to solutions for change for giving me the tools to survive in the real world after leaving solutions for change...I'm for ever greatful to Chris and Tammy for being such great people and to give people who had hit rock bottom. A second chance at life..I honestly believe they were sent from God to help the helpless.. Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in solutions for change back in 2011. I can honestly say that this program changed my life. It helped me in my recovery and taught me a lot of things through the classes they offer. I am proud to say that I am 6yrs clean and sobor and although I'm no longer in this program I'm very thankful for the skills they installed in me.
So if like to Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and helped me belive in my self...Thank you Chris and Tammy... I'm forever grateful. Sincerely Crystal Mcwhorter

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a family member that needed to start over from scratch due to the home situation. From what I understand most of the women have had to walk away with almost nothing in order to get out. Solutions for Change has a comprehensive program to provide housing, build up the skills, confidence, and path to become independent again. It is a structured program with accountability. There is counseling, classes, work, fun, and support. These individuals would be homeless or forced to live in dangerous situations. The participants have to be engaged because there are a lot of rules to follow as you transition along.
Thanks to volunteers and donations, the residents at Solution for Change are provided with necessities and more. I am very impressed with this program and it is great to see something that works and provides a path to move forward to a productive life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Victoria and I have been a resident of Solutions for Change for a little over 2 years. Being in this program has completely changed my life. It has equipped me to be a woman of integrity, an amazing mother, and a productive member of society. Thanks to Solutions, I am now employed and have all of my children back in my custody. I will forever be grateful to Solutions for Change for what it's done for me and my family.

Debi19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the tremendous growth and positive change in the lives of their clients. Clients come in scared and frightened. They leave with brand new lives, transformed in ways they never dreamed possible. Solutions for Change, with their incredible, loving, caring staff, is doing it right!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand tbe awesome work this agency is accomplishing. Yes they provide beds but even more they change lives. People come out of desperation and, after completing the program, they are functioning, contributing to society, not taking. And their families are whole again!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is Marton Platt Burton and I'm thrilled to here a strong organization helping out people in need. I am writing a report on people who's helping the cause and be sure to raise the donation. I thank ya'll for what ya'll are doing. Please keep it up

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Amber and i am a single mother. I am a resident at solutions for Change. I have been a resident for over a year and a half and i can say without a doubt that this program has helped me transform my life and the lives of my children in so many ways. Since coming to Solutions for Change i have maintained a full time job for over a year, i have regained full custody of my children, i have been clean and sober for almost two years, i give back to my community, i pay my taxes and i help other families and children in need. I have a place for my children and myself to call home. This is all possible because of Solutions for Change.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have helped make Christmas baskets for families that live in Solutions for Change housing. The baskets and boxes consist of food, clothes, and toys. We found the families to be very grateful and happy with their love homes while we were delivering the baskets and boxes. It's a really outstanding program.

Kevin P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has taken a practical approach to making change in the community - and its working. No more handouts, just a hand up when people need it. A safe place to stay, a way to get back to work and an environment that keeps everyone – especially the kids – safe from going backwards.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for approx. seven years..

I have been in shelters when my children were small over 30 years ago. The shelters would only house you for one to two months, not nearly enough time to get your life back together. Solutions for Change is an awesome program helping people get back on their feet and addressing the issues most needed. A long term hand and experience is what changes lives permanently. --christina castaneda

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has been nothing but transparent and wonderful in their interactions with me. As a journalist and former California resident, I became interested in their program after my best friend volunteered there. What I found was a good system and people with a heart to help the homeless. Their methods are solid and their hearts big - one of the best non-profits I've every worked with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Solution for Change in 2009 and was literally overwhelmed but what they accomplish in changing the lives of hopeless homeless families into happy productive and self sufficient families. I have served on numerous board for non-profits over my lifetime and I have never witnessed a more effective outcome to the mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Solutions for Change about 4 years ago. When I went on a tour I was absolutely dumbfounded at what I learned. I have been an advocate of the homeless for years and have served on boards and volunteered but this is the most effective non-profit I have ever encountered. The innovative quality and the ever evolving methods to solve family homelessness insure the ongoing success of this incredible organization.

1 Eileen M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I live in Colorado Springs area of Colorado. One of the biggest difference I noticed two years ago when I moved here from North Carolina was the amount of homeless people. Being so new, I was unaware that the legalization of marijuana here in Colorado and increased "homelessness" was so closely tied together.
After months of ministering to the homeless here, I am now very well aware that giving and giving and giving does not break the cycle....it increases co-dependency.
I am very impressed with Solutions for Change (Vista, Ca) and hopeful that their model will reach Colorado.
A lot of money is being thrown at the problem here in Colorado with no real solution in sight.
Accountability works. It has a way of weeding out those that really want a hand up from those that are just looking for a hand out. I have been troubled by homelessness for years...even before I moved to Colorado. Solutions for Change, so far, is the only program I have found that restores hope....especially to the children....breaking the cycle, which is essential to real success.
I am so thankful for Solutions for Change even though I am not a direct recipient of this ministry. Indirectly, we all suffer when homelessness is present in our world. I'm thankful for a real Solution for real Change. Let this model spread across our country.
-Eileen McGrath

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a graduate of this program and a productive member of society today. Solutions for Change is a non profit that doesn't have a revolving door, they provide families an opportunity to not only stay together but to grow together ♥️

1 Mary453

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is exactly what it's name says; I have been a supporter of this organization for years and firmly believe their model for helping families is the best solution for positive change; for the families and for our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is a program that equips families with the skills, knowledge and resources to permanently solves family homelessness. They also own their own housing enabling the residents to have the time to get financially self-sufficient. So many children will never be homeless again, thanks to Solutions for Change!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change provides the knowledge, skills AND resources to solve families homelessness.

1 Nicole158

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always putting the success of their residents FIRST! I'm prid to have this program in our town helping change families!!!!!