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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

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nancy219

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does more than offer band-aids. To willing parents, they offer a new lease on life. They turn things around. I have been following their actions for several years and I see nothing but real quality. I have toured their farm, and met their staff. If you want more "bang for your buck", you can't go wrong supporting this organization.

Valerie66

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions has been a life changing organization. Not only did my daughter and I find stability and a brand new way of life but we gained another family among Solutions staff and clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful program learn how to be a better person and how to control my anger issues lol!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing program that helps homeless families desperate for change. Parents learn to solve the problems that got them their.
Highly recommended this program if you are serious about solving you homelessness.

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is the most comprehensive program for solving family homelessness in our region. The program changes lives and incorporates innovative workforce training solutions not seen anywhere else in our county.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing program that helps so many families including my own. My wife and I had struggled for a few years to find stability in our lives not only for us but for our children. Being in Dolutions has done so much more than that. Instead of doing a band aid quick fix solution, they get down to the nitty-gritty and really help to set up a foundation for you to build a new successful life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never seen or herd of a program that has helped families out as much as this one....i am so blessed to be able to have this chance ! Solutions for change saved me!

Kim_197

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current client of Solutions for Change and I have to say I am truly grateful! I am a single mother of 4 children, I work 35 hours a week and also take 14 college units. I am in undergraduate school with plans to eventually obtain a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. Daycare is an enormous cost to me right now and if it weren't for Solutions for Change providing affordable apartment rent to my family, I wouldn't be able to make ends meet. Thanks SFC!

Donor

Rating: 5

SFC is a five star organization. They work 'with the end in mind' serving homeless families with respect, shelter, training and a future. Every aspect of the organization is lead by knowledgeable, caring people with a vision to make homelessness a thing of the past...one family at a time. Their success stories are proof of a 'job well done'.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As my life as a wife came to an end, my life as a mother and provider did not. Solutions for Change was there to help me get on my feet as a single mother. They connected me to valuable resources and I learned a lot about myself in the process. Humility, patience, confidence and above all love. Thank you to Solutions and all volunteers who have helped me and my children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly blessed to have found this program. It has been life changing for myself and my three children. Through them I learned how to be proud of myself and to hold my head up high. I am a better mother,friend,and person because of SFC.

Mike158

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the increase in homelessness and families in need it is wonderful to see an organization like Solutions for Change making a difference in so many lives. I personally know of the investment of time and caring of the volunteers and leaders in this organization and how much good they are doing throughout the community. They are not just helping get families into shelters but helping them to get back on their feet and begin to support themselves again. Thank you SFC for the great work that you are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SFC is a fabulous organization that assists those in need. It is an all encompassing company that offers hope, job assistance, housing, training, food, and guidance to families in getting them back on their feet and once again functioning positively in our communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change does so much incredible work in the community. From its aqauponics farm to the amazing affordable housing communities, you can really see their impact in the community.

1 Wendy127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a family member who is part of the Solutions program. I've seen hopeless and broken people find a safe, secure place in society. Solutions offers counseling, job search, parenting, therapy and financial support allowing these individuals to rebuild their lives with a strong support system. It is not an easy program. It's a commitment that changes lives. I am forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into solutions for change so lost so broken but so willing to change. Solutions for change is a partnership guiding family's to success by getting to the core issue of a family's homelessness and giving us the tools we need to provide a safe environment for our family's. I never thought I would be where im at now and im beyond blessed, my family has a safe place we call home and my children don't have to worry about where were sleeping next or live in a chaotic home were drugs and domestic violence was a constant. I now get to watch others go through the change that my family and I went through, I get to help guide others to success. I highly recommend getting involved with SFC in some way .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Im a great ful mother of 3. This program gave me the tools and guided me to succed in this thing we call life. I was so broken before coming into solutions for change, i had followed my moms footprints and stayed in a toxic relationship because thats what i knew was chaos from early childhood, drugs and dv. Coming into here i learned a new way of life, i found people who cared about me and my family and wanted to help me brake my familys cycle. Im now a positive part of our community. I went through the change this program offers and now im greatful to say i get to help guide others through the same change, i now work with solutions for change in reaching out and helping others make the change happen.
I have been a resident at solutions for change since 2011 im now a graduate of the program and continue to work with them.

3 Lisa412

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for change is a solution not a bandaid. By empowering people for the first time in their lives Solutions for Change unlocks the mystery to success, happiness and independence. Their model should be cloned across America.

1 Julia Retz M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our ministry, Trash to Treasure is a proud supporter of this amazingly loving organization!

2 Catrina L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for change helped me help myself and change my life for the better. I'm going on 4 years strong, a graduate and a mentor for the new families.
Chris and Tammy had a vision long ago and it works!
Words can't describe how awesome this program is, I am very grateful I found out about Solutions for change because I don't know where I'd be today if hadn't. ♡

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program helped me change my life for the better, I did all the work they as they helped direct me in the right way to go. Mine and my teenagers life is a dream come true now. Thank you Solutions for change!

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Donor

Rating: 5

To see the impact of an organization that started with a promise to an innocent child is beyond inspiring. When giving, it's always great to know your contribution is going to an organization that is effective. Their incredible rate of success of 93% for those who graduate the program is the reason they've become a national model. I feel so lucky to have become aware of SFC!

2 Lori126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SFC isn't just helping people today. They have created a model of success in changing lives that will stand the test of time. It can and will work in Communities across the country.

1 Joan61

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an awesome organization where you can see the positive impact they make on families lives. I am happy to be a supporter and knowing that I can help make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change solves homelessness for many families by giving a hand UP! As a Girl Scout leader, my troop served meals and made welcome bags for the homeless children as part of their Silver Award. They filled the bags, including stuffed animals that were a BIG hit! This experience was eye-opening for the girls, and I couldn't have been more proud of their efforts. I spoke to some of the residents, and their stories were uplifting. KUDOS to Solutions for Change for making a huge difference for so many children and their parents!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SFC for 4 years now and am still floored by the transformations that the families that go through the program experience - it changes the course of their lives and the lives of the children. I'm so proud to be associated with such an incredible organization and love to share SFC's story to others whenever I can.

1 susan_fikse

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the staff members came to help recruit volunteers at our mercy fair. She was so poised and professional that I never would have known that she was a graduate of the Solutions for Change program. Once a homeless mom, she now manages the aquaponics farm at Solutions for Change. Such amazing stories come out of this program and our church is privileged to be a partner and send volunteers and financial support regularly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Solutions in December 2012. It was a sad time in my life as I had just become a homeless, single mother of 2 kids under the age of 10. Solutions took us in and from there I have grown and blossomed from a helpless victim of abuse and abandonment to a woman that is confident, secure, safe and a survivor. Solutions has been a big part in my life these last 2 years. All the staff, donors, residents, volunteers and mentors are amazing people with big hearts. I am nominating Solutions because they deserve this and any and all recognition. Thank you Solutions. I am blessed to be a part of this great nonprofit. Sincerely, Lucia Dillard

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing non-profit with a very innovative approach to solving family homelessness. They combine counseling, workforce development, social enterprise, education and affordable housing to create a safe and supportive environment where families learn to thrive. It's inspiring to witness the amazing transformation in these families as they develop the skills, knowledge and resources to permanently solve their family's homelessness.

1 JeffCrane

Donor

Rating: 5

My first contact with Solutions for Change was in 2005, when they were still a small non-profit starting to make a difference in Vista. Founder Chris Megison became a student of Good to Great, and Solutions has followed. They are making a huge impact in North County, and are actually solving family homelessness for hundreds of families. Their figures show a 66% success rate for their 1000-day Solutions University program. How many non-profits will actually see their clients through a 2 1/2 year program successfully?! Graduates leave the program able to "get up, suit up, and show up!"
Their focus on Servant Leadership has infused the entire staff and many of the residents, and it's creating a great culture. Many churches and civic groups volunteer 1-2 days per month, and get to know/serve and cheer on the residents. Their gala events each October have developed some tremendous donations and corporate partners. Instead of coming "hat in hand" begging for donations, they are skillfully showing how giving will truly "impact" our community. Their giving campaign in 2009-2012 allowed them to acquire property at low cost, and the partnership with local cities is creating mutually beneficial solutions for cities and their low-income residents.
Solutions for Change is one of the best-run, most impactful charities I've been around.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program has been a God send for my son and his family. I cannot believe what a difference it has made and how grown up and responsible for the first time in there lives. The kids a thriving and their family is finally becoming independent, self reliant, drug and alcohol free and contributors to society! They will soon (1-2 years) be totally off assistance. It is the best thing to have ever happened to the 4 of them. THANK YOU SOLUTIONS!!!

2 Anita20

Donor

Rating: 5

My church, Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, supports Solutions for Change - and so do I. I only donate to SFC as I know it will do to the benefit of the residence there. The changes that occur in their residence can only be considered the Hand of God! I am blessed in knowing them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been meeting different people who work here and i love all of them they are so nice and cheerful and so much fun to be with. They stand for a great cause too and that something else that makes them great

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At this location i worked with various people who all have there own thing to say and all have talents that allow us to work with each other. Because there are few people it's easy to talk and get to know each other. The work that is done involves working with hydroponics and we learned about how to grow plants and take care of the systems and the fish involved. All and all it is a great place to see how we can help the environment and each other.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Solutions for Change for a number of years. I have been honored to see the great transition that is effected in the lives of the Solutions families, ending their homelessness permanently. Solutions for Change gives a beautiful gift of new life to hundreds of children and their parents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer the time I have spent working with the people that are a part of the program have made me realize that no matter what kind of background they all have everyone is given a second chance to become self sufficient as well as reunite and or strengthen families all while eliminating homelessness that is a big problem for a lot of these families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a student from High Tech High and we have an internship program that us seniors take on for a hole semester and I choose this organization because its a fun community to work in and everyone respects one another. Its a place were I can learn so much from the company and that's something I've never got from any kind of internship before. This is a place were you would love to come back to, to volunteer. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern from High Tech High North County and chose to come here for my senior internship. This organization effectively integrates aqua ponics with helping people rid homelessness in their 1,000 day program. It's a really positive environment to work in and it's clear that everyone is fully aware of what they're doing. I would highly recommend helping this organization because it's for a great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is a well organized long term homelessness organization. As a volunteer I was able to choose which area I felt I would be most useful. At this point I have volunteered in almost every area of the organization and I have always felt welcomed and well directed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Solutions For Change as an employee of the for profit world. Not only has non profit awakened the need for bettering humanity in the world, but it has also served as a foundation for being able to truly feel like I serve others in my daily job duties. Solving family homelessness doesn't get any more real than this; addressing the daily trials and tribulations that many of us face in a positive and functional manner is what we do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Prior to entering Solutions for Change, I had been through 11 organizations both recovery and homeless based. When I arrived at Solutions for Change I gradually began to see and understand where and why my life had not been working. It was at Solutions that I was encouraged and equipped to get in to the solution and out of the problem. I realized that I was the problem in my life, I had been in my own way of achieving success and serenity.
With my Solutions coach and the love and encouragement of Chris and Tammy Megison, I learned to stop blaming others and take responsibility for the bad choices I had continued to make my entire life. Decisions that were having a devasting impact on not only myself but my children.
It was the Solutions team that allowed me gift of understanding and practicing self accountibility and responsibility. Hand in hand with mySolutions family I was able to literally change my way of thinking and a way of experiencing life. Solutions for Change is the reason I have become a more loving, caring, responsible and passionate mother, sister and friend.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Solutions for Change and I believe in their mission for ending homelessness. We have the the best program and it really does take 1000 days to solve it once and for all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change understands the need to address core issues that lead to homelessness. Participants and their families are given the opportunity to address these issues in a safe and stable environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my self and my children were homeless a few years ago i didn't have much hope and not much resources available. north county solutions for change has given me hope and partnered up with myself and my family to find a permanent solution. I have faced my fears and dealt with the main issues that bought me to being homeless and today i no longer depend on public assistance and i am a productive member in society and i give back to my community. My experienced with solutions has allowed me to grow and many different areas i am a better parent to my children i have been employed with the same company for over 4 years. Had my family not found solutions we would have continued to go around and around that downward spiral. i am grateful for solutions for change this has been a life changing experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change does some amazing things. When you give to many non-profits you don't know how they use your funds or items, but if you donate a stroller to Solutions for Change you can meet the person who is going to use it for their child. It's great to be able to see donations going exactly where they are needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The transformation you see working with the residents is absolutely amazing. This organization is truly making changes in North County. There should be a "Solve It" team in every major city across the nation.

Susan L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to witness first-hand the impact that Solutions for Change has on homeless families. If you know a family that is homeless and ready to change their lives I recommend they contact Solutions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I decided to serve dinner at the Solutions for Change Intake Center after hearing from person after person what a purposeful organization this was. We were looking for a way to get involved in the community and were certainly not going to turn down a recommendation like that! What I most enjoyed was the interaction with the families - after we served dinner, we sat down and ate together, chatted with the families, and just got a really unique insight into a different world than we're often used to. While we did not volunteer in the other aspects of the organization (job training, family counseling, financial coaching), I really appreciated that the organization offered such well-rounded support to their residents. We will definitely be coming back for more (most likely with a few friends in tow).

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Donor

Rating: 5

My time with Solutions has been marked by witnessing powerful transformations among the residents. The graduation ceremonies have been particularly rewarding to watch. Solutions truly does what they say – they SOLVE family homelessness. Our community is fortunate to have such a wonderful organization among us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The model that Solutions for Change offers is an asset to North San Diego County and should be implemented on a national level.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is paving the way for cities across the nation to solve family homeless.

1 Susan294

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was astounded by the character and purpose I found at Solutions for Change from the first time I came with a group to bring a dinner. The concept of not only sheltering homeless families but actually solving their homelessness by addressing the issues that caused their homelessness in the first place was amazing! Since then I have been privileged to help out once a week and see the integrity and heart throughout the organization. Servant leadership is their core.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer as a docent at Solutions Farms, an aquaponics facility built and run by Solutions For Change (SFC). SFC is in the business of solving homelessness for families. They take in families, provide housing and train them to be productive members of the community instead of a drain on the community. Participants are accountable every step of the way through a program lasting 1000 days.
I love working @/learning about aquaponics and sharing that information with anyone coming to the farm. Rewarding work for a retired person for a great nonprofit!

1 Chloe L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is taking careful and fruitful steps towards teaching our children how to sustain this earth, which may be the most useful knowledge that they could have in this day and age. In order for the world to change it's important that people all over follow suit of nonprofits like these.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read about this organization in a newspaper article of the San Diego Union Tribune. I then attended the Grand Opening ceremony of their Solutions Farm in Vista, Ca. I saw first-hand an example of how this organization is on the leading edge in agriculture as well as in career training. I found out more information on their Face Book page, and subscribe to their newsletter. I am so proud this organization exists in my community, and I support it by donating new toys and gifts at Christmas as well as used items in good condition. Homelessness is a serious issue in our society, I applaud Solutions for Change in their comprehensive program to meet the diverse needs of their clients.

2 Monalisa F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solution for change saved my life,they took me in at my lowest. They taught us a new way to live. My daughter and i are so grateful for solutions, they've given us HOPE. We've been here since 2010

1 Bill48

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Enjoyed helping others help themselves. Housing paint projects, and a playground build-out were opportunities to experience families working and appreciating the chance to solve their homelessness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I came in Solutions for Change in 2008. Solutions held me accountable, Taught me how to be a good parent and helped me to change my life. Solutions has been there for my son and I through thick and thin. I can't express how grateful I am. I have been in the program long enough to see miracles happening all around me. The Staff in exceptional! Truly I am now a productive member of society, with connection to the community.

4 Bret S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing organization that has helped change the lives of many families that have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of being homeless. Their comprehensive approach doesn't deal with so much with the symptoms of homelessness, but the root causes. We are privileged to have them in our community.

Maria66

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is the best organization to help solve family homelessness!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is the best program ever to assist families solve their homelessness permanently. They get to the root of the problem, and work with you all the way to the end to accomplish your goals. I can't express enough gratitute for everything this program has done for my family and me. Thank you Solutions for Change, you are awesome!! Maria G.

1 Kryssa C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Its all about Solutions here - helping families ! I work for thiso rganization Solutions For Change, a non-profit in North County California, that is driving towards solving family homelessness by providing families access to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to gain and maintain health, employment and housing – to permanently solve and stop the generational cycle of homelessness.
I have seen the change in the men and women, and most importantly, the children that are part of this safe and caring environment. Our residents attend workshops and classes, receive employee related training, assistance with job search, and even give back to their communities in terms of volunteering, all while under the care of a case manager to maintain a safe, healthy environment for their children and themselves.

1 Linda131

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I found ourselves homeless on the streets of north county SanDiego and this was the only place that would help us. All the other places I called for help you had to have substance abuse issues. We didn't qualify for those. Solutions took us in and helped my son and I get our lives back stronger than ever... Physically, emotionally and spiritually!!! I could never repay or thank them enough for all they did for us!!! I never knew be homeless could be such a great blessing... I truly found what FAMILY was all about through the gel and guidance of all the wonderful and beautiful souls who not only WORK for this organization... But all the beautiful souls who love within this community... My son and I are truly blessed to have been a part of this great place... We literally owe our lives to North County Solutions For Change.... We love and miss you all dearly ;*) Linda and Isaac

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My six year old son and I had nowhere to go and we had no family...we were homeless living in an abandoned car. I had $5 in my pocket my rent had been doubled...I was on disability and my son was extremly sick.... I couldn't get him health insurance because I didn't have an add. I called every program there was in the north county of SanDiego but no one would accept us because I wasn't an addict or an alcoholic... North County Solutions for Change was the only program that would take my son and I in dispute not having addiction issues.... we were there for almost 3 years and I'm happy to say my sons heart issues are resoled my health issues have never been better. I'm now living back home in Iowa in my own home with my finance and I'm a 42 year old college student majoring in criminal justice! Thank you Solutions for all you did for us!

1 Robin62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see results! It just an awesome organization that has figured out a way to truly break the cycle of family homelessness! Bravo!

1 Tawny G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions is about breaking the cycle and I love being apart of an organization that is "walking the walk" and solving family homelessness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change inspires hope in not only the families they serve but in the community to see that homelessness can be Solved each and every day.

2 Monty J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions For Change is the antidote for the last 40 years of well-intentioned but ineffective strategies to combat homelessness. Rather than handing out freebies and hoping for the best, Solutions For Change offers a real hand up through an intensive 1,000 day rehabilitation that addresses the primary causes of homelessness (addiction, dysfunction, co-dependency, under-education, abusive relationships, etc.). The results speak for themselves. 90+% of graduate families permanently off the streets! Solutions For Change is a world-class operation whose philosophy needs to be adopted across the country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is a non-profit like none other. Rather than managing symptoms of homelessness, this program targets those symptoms and solves them. Clients follow a step-by-step program customized to their specific needs and goals to become a self-sufficient member of the community. This is a life changing program.