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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: We lift families and communities out of darkness and into independence. With community-focused solutions, we are fighting back against The Churn of poverty and homelessness to transform lives and restore community.

Geographic areas served: North County San Diego

Programs: Our three programs work together to holistically solve the root cause of the challenges families are facing, so future generations can live without the burden of poverty, dependency, and instability.

Community Stories

187 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As Chairman of the Board and Head of the Leadership team consisting of influential community leaders, I am proud to allocate my time and energies to an impactful cause. You have the opportunity of making a difference, especially in the life of a child or parents that wish to actively transform their lives or their families future, for the better. Why wouldn't you support such activity and motivation to improve their situation? I feel incredibly grateful for the life and opportunities I have been afforded and feel proud of the many success stories from graduates of the Solutions program and what they have accomplished. I can't imagine their plight in life but they have worked hard to refocus their lives and have become ambassadors for success. Our program at Solutions works and with your support, we can achieve greater! Contact me to learn more (davidhcrean@gmail.com).

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Solutions for Change since they started their non-profit. I know of many of Moms and Dads who were hopeless/addicted and this program help rebuild their lives on day at a time. Their no other rehabilitation center that focuses on the who families to get them out and become productive citizens the way this program has done. Rebuilding the their hope, esteem, integrity and just living life clean and sober. This non-profit should be recognize for their solutions for change in the community.

2 Leanne A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched this team for years, seen their passion and dedication to the homeless families they serve, heard the client stories, and get how their model works. I decided to help how I could and joined the board. I have been involved with and led many non profits and Solutions for Change is at the top.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

This IS the best program to get homeless families off the street to becoming productive citizens of the community. Solutions for Change's residents earn pride and self-esteem because they do it for themselves. Parents and children are given the tools (physical, pycho, social, bio, and spiritually), to be successful as they navigate the path to self-sufficiency. Program residents are given guidance and a hand up through education, modeling, and work!

Many other programs are just a "hand out" programs...leaving its recipients never satisfied because they never get out of their situational "pit." Solutions for Change gives people hope, vision, and self-worth through a model that has been proven to work - not just for their residents but also the community!

Solutions for Change is a program seen to work over and over again. How many homeless programs actually give back to the community - or better yet, make the community BETTER? Solutions gets everyone involved - from ordinary citizens as well as the community and social/political/governmental minded groups because they see the positive results.

Vista and the surrounding communities have gotten behind this program because it helps everyone! It gets families off the street...gets parents working and providing for their families...kids are off the street and in school...and they educate them in "life skills." It even gives the community a sense of ownership in their success - the ability to help those less fortunate. Our schools get something too (besides successful students) - fresh food to serve and eat.

What other programs or models boasts of all that?

I'll tell you - none!

I am behind this program 110% because it works! The evidence is clear and visible to me, the residents, and the community at large!

Check it out - you'll see the difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

SFC isn't like anyone/anything else. They are unique...because it works! Through tough love, life education lessons, a lot of elbow grease, and God's grace all those who work at SFC, those going through the program, those that have graduated from the program, and all those (like me) who have had the privilege to be a part of this process have proven that it can be done! Chris and his wife's life passion is infectious and the whole community has joined in on their vision--to solve family homelessness, permanently!

2 Rachel182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soulutions for Change greatly impacts families in a positive way. Through volunteering I am able to see how these families are able to accomplish there goals and become productive members of society.

3 Kelsey C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to volunteer in the childcare center for a semester and I'm so glad I did! This program is the only one I know of that focuses on the skills necessary to truly be successful in the real world. Other programs around the county seem to just put a band aid on the problems homeless families face. By working with these families from the bottom up, Solutions for Change really is the solution! I look forward to what else they are able to accomplish throughout the county, and maybe country!

2 Vince H.

Advisor

Rating: 5

A truly impacting organization that is changing the lives of families each and every day.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't have a place to live with my 2 yr. old child and felt lost. Solutions for Change has helped and continues to help me and my child with mental health services, case management, resources and support. I greatly appreciate it!

6 Toni34

Former staff

Rating: 5

I love this place with all my heart and soul. This program opened so many doors for my family and I I will forever be greatful

5 Viva F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have changed my life with the help of Solutions for Change. I don't know where my son and myself would be without this program. We have found our way home.

3 Justin44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for change is an organization that puts people and families first! This organization truly cares about people it helps as a leadership within this organization should act as a model to other organizations!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing it right! Training, equipping, supporting. Fabulous model for others to follow!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had many opportunities to volunteer with our youth group feeding and caring for the families. We have always left feeling that we were the blessed ones! The leadership and structure of the organization, the love shared by staff and volunteers, and the committment made by the families members that call or have called SFC home are the successful elements that make SFC's program not just a quick fix, rather a place dedicated to providing positive, life altering solutions.

1 Katherine40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization here is North County San Diego. The leadership seems to care so much about their jobs and the cause they are working to help solve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing program that helps families to gain stability and recover from adversity that they have experienced. The success rate speaks for itself. Solutions doesn't give a temporary fix, it provides a permanent solution to an extremely complex issue- family homelessness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization that always keeps giving. I enjoy reading and seeing pictures of the men and woman at work to conquer this quest of helping one another. This is the true meaning of greatness!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just heard all about Solutions for Change on the radio, and former Pastor Chico was our pastor, so I have an interest in this organization. What I heard was so encouraging... this organization just not give hand outs like so many do, buy they teach each person to have confidence, dignity, and to learn how to support themselves through employment, life skills, etc. They "teach" a person to fish rather than just "give" a person a fish.
Wish we had more of these types of organizations throughout the county.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After getting custody of my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, I found myself with no job and no place to live because I had relocated here from out of state. Solutions for Change took us in, provided a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, enrichment classes, assistance with child care and job search. We are now secure in one of their apartments and striving for the next step in this journey. The staff has been wonderful to us and I will always be grateful for the hand up!

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.

4

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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3

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!

2

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.

1

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!

2

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.

2

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.

5

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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).