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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 950 families and their 2500 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

164 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that solves family homelessness. I have seen many families lives permanently changed with the help of this amazing program.

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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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1 Michael W.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known Chris and Tammy for many years. They gave me the tools to stay sober now for 21 years! Solutions for change is a program that is dear to my heart and I strongly support them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I arrived to Solutions for change, I was broken. I had lost my children, my home, my dignity, self esteem and self respect. Solutions for Change helped me heal from the inside out. I was able to get to the cause of the root problems. I got my children back, I had a home for them now, and I started to truly love myself. Solutions for change taught me how to live happily, and stay substance free. I am coming up on three years clean and sober and my children and I are happier than ever living in a beautiful 3.bedroom apartment minutes from the beach. I have a job and contribute to society now. Thank you Solutions for change for helping.me rebuild my life and find myself in the process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change helped me find affordable housing after leaving an unsafe, unhealthy marriage with my 1 and 3 year old daughters and not having a place to stay. The transformation from beginning to end of the 1000 day program is a beautiful thing to witness. I encourage community members to get out to the Commencements and Graduations to witness the resident's successes. Residents at Solutions for Change work extremely hard to change their lives. It is a beautiful thing to see the community fund and support hardworking families working to change the outcome of their story. I am very grateful for the role Solutions for Change has played in helping me get back on my feet!!

1 Jessica F.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an incredible organization that I've enjoyed volunteering for over the years. They make it very easy to get involved and volunteer/donate in a variety of tangible ways. In the last year I've been blessed to form friendships with a number of individuals in the program and hear their stories, and it's inspiring to see the transformation in their lives because of Solutions. Love everything about it!

1 Jennifer198

Client Served

Rating: 5

I left my first review for this organization in 2013 when I had just graduated. I just finished reading it again and all I can say what a blessing this program is!!! My then 12 year old is now 19 in her sophomore year of college with same GPA. My then 3 year old who is now 10 is in 5th grade and is at the top of her class. I will be celebrating 10 years clean and sober at the end of this month. I have been with the same company for 9 years and hold a senior management position. No recidivism, no relapse. I have had my struggles of course but utilize the tools that I learned at Solutions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former client and now staff member I can tell you so much about this organization. They practice what they preach, they have integrity and they never give up.

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2 Alicia C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has given me the tools and courage I needed to rebuild my life, they made an investment in my future! This program gave me the foundation to build a bright future for myself and my children!! There are not many programs out there that allow you the opportunity to reunify with your spouse and build your family together, Solutions for Change does and today because of this program my entire family is together, healthy, safe and thriving! We are forever thankful!!

1 Linda Michelle S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change saved the lives of mine and my Children's. They truly are Angels on this Earth. Solutions did everything that they said they would and then some. Chris and Tammy Megison taught us how to love and trust people again.We came here 11 years ago, and were still going strong. My oldest Daughter is in College studying to teach ESL abroad. My youngest Daughter is a pharmacy tech and now driving a school bus. My Son graduated high school with scholarships and is going to College to become a Master Welder. He dreams of working with NASA. Our story would be completely different had we not came to Solutions for Change. Thank you Solutions we love you.

2 Jessica B.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions gave my family a strong foundation. A place to call home. I will forever be grateful to solutions for change I have learned so much and I am thankful to be part of the many transformations I see daily. If you need help to transform your families life solutions for change is the place to go

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change not only helped me to transform my life, but they gave me a safe place to do it. From a life of addiction, hopelessness, and just being lost, to a life of being a mother, an outstanding member of society, and employable. They helped me to see my worth and taught me to believe in myself. Today, I lead by example... I am a servant leader and walk with integrity each and everyday. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program that has helped me to reunite with my family. Without it, only God knows where I would be.

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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.

2 Melissa M.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions For Change is amazing. I have had the privilege of being a resident for a little over 2yrs now. I have all of my children back under one roof, my roof. I've learned that I am fully capable of being a strong independent, loving and nuturing mother and woman. I have the support and encouragement from our amazing staff and residents today. So many of us come in broken and scared and quickly realize we are in a safe place. Within a short amount of time we gain skills and address core issues and are led in the direction to be successful , employable, courageous people.
I truely believe that if there were more programs that followed the Solutions model for success many more lives would be transformed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Solutions and the work they do for families that enter the program and the community. Solutions for Change challenges people to address the deep issues that have caused their family to face homelessness. They provide the skills, knowledge and resources, but the families do the hard part--making lasting changes for themselves and their families!

1 sabrenny

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enter solutions for change in October 2018. Since then I got custody back of my children, gained employment and have a 2 bedroom apartment for my family. For years I struggled to provide for my children as a single mother. Because of this amazing program, we’re finally stable. Most importantly, our mental and emotional health is stable. Our home is peaceful and thriving. This program has been a huge blessing to myself and my children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is for sure in the business of transforming lives. Solutions for Change has opened up the doors to my son and I. Solutions for Change has helped my son and I become self sufficient. I have learned to suit up and show up and provide for my family. I have a very special place in my heart for Solutions for Change. Not only did they provide a place for me to live in but also an opportunity to be part of this great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with solutions for change has been nothing but phenomenal and very rewarding I came into solutions for change with absolutely nothing not even the knowledge of living life on life's terms I was homeless for over 15 years in my addiction today I'm going on two years of being in solutions for change and have been completely transformed I'm not the person I once was before I know how to love myself and others I know how to maintain a job by using my servant leadership behaviors now I have a job I have my own car and my own apartment and I'm in college studying graphic design so I can be self-sufficient and live life on life's turn all by myself

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was under the impression this organization helps homeless families in all states. They seem to claim that but in order for them to help a homeless family in another state they expect them to somehow travel their whole family to their headquarters in California, in order to qualify (proof) for help. And NOPE they do not help with travel arrangements or any sort of resources to help the homeless family afford to get there. What a crock of crap. Sounds like they're trying to solely serve their immediate area but still qualify themselves for greater government grant money by saying they help homeless families all over the United States! I think this supposed "non-profit" is fraudulent and deceiving....How do you really expect a whole family who is HOMELESS to drive , fly, hitch-hike or bus there just to "prove it" HA. There is so many other ways people can prove their identity and situation without having to be there in person, especially now days. How do you expect a poor homeless family (probably with no car) to get there? ...and affordably? Why don't you have resources to help them get there?

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Solutions for Change 09/13/2019

Hi, I'm sorry but we don't take residents from out of state, it's our policy to only take local families from our community. If you would like to communicate further, please email Tmegison@solutionsforchange.org Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you are in the market disrupting business of solving family homelessness there will always be opposition and naysayers. I’m my opinion if no one has an unkind word to say about you then you haven’t stood for something powerful in your life. I have seen this organization in action for several years. The cofounders have predicted time and time again that the homelessness crisis would continue to increase with the one size fits all design and it has 150%. Thank God there are people in this world that have the courage to go against the grain and advocate for families trying to gain independency and not rely on the tax payers dollar for the remainder of their lives. Keep going Solutions for Change, you are fighting the good fight and your community and several others across the nation are behind you, full steam ahead.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I won't denigrate this organization's services, but I do question the leadership's integrity. He refuses to cooperate with anyone else in this region despite the fact that everyone is serving the same clients, and positions Solutions for Change as landlord, service provider, employer, and case manager while accusing every other agency of intentionally keeping their clients down.

All while claiming they were forced to "return federal funding" because they wouldn't house drug addicts, when anyone who works in this field knows federal contracts aren't awarded without clear expectations of what the money will be used for.

It needs to be looked into.

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Solutions for Change 11/21/2018

This anonymous person is referring to our Cofounder and CEO Chris Megison who, with unanimous support of the Board and overwhelming support from our donors, supporters and the homeless families we serve made what most considered at the time was the biggest decision in our history. After 17 years of winning competitive federal and state grants to help fund some of our most critical family programs, we were faced with an ultimatum. Either we would put aside our long held core values of running drug free accountability based work programs and fall in line with the new state policies of drug-allowed housing being put upon all homeless nonprofits, or we would walk away. We chose to walk, immediately losing over $600,000 in annual funding with millions more now out of reach. We have recently become aware of individuals like this who are now targeting Solutions because of our advocacy work on Capital Hill and our winning national praises for our integrity and results.

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Solutions for Change 11/21/2018

This anonymous person is referring to our Cofounder and CEO Chris Megison who, with unanimous support of the Board and overwhelming support from our donors, supporters and the homeless families we serve made what most considered at the time was the biggest decision in our history. After 17 years of winning competitive federal and state grants to help fund some of our most critical family programs, we were faced with an ultimatum. Either we would put aside our long held core values of running drug free accountability based work programs and fall in line with the new state policies of drug-allowed housing being put upon all homeless nonprofits, or we would walk away. We chose to walk, immediately losing over $600,000 in annual funding with millions more now out of reach. We have recently become aware of individuals like this who are now targeting Solutions because of our advocacy work on Capital Hill and our winning national praises for our integrity and results.

1 James N Delilah P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a marine veteran. After my second appointment in 2007 I wanted a way to help my community without getting on an airplane. I came back to the US in November right before Thanksgiving in the friend introduced me to Solutions For Change. Since then I, and now my wife and four kids, have been a part of this wonderful family of community members Working to end family homelessness. I’ve made friends from residency there and I’ve had friends be a part of the program successfully now living independently. By far the best answer to homelessness in our community and a model the country could follow.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Solutions for Change for several years now and it is my favorite charity. They are one of the few charities I know of that don't just throw money around, they actually make a difference. They live up to their name "solutions for CHANGE". If you want to truly help homeless families this is the charity to support.