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Nonprofit Overview

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

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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.

1

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is an amazing organization! I have worked for many organizations throughout the US and never seen a program that addresses all aspects of an individual’s life. The complexity of each individual’s circumstances as to "why" they are homeless is unique. Solutions invest the time, energy and resources to address the individuals circumstance, providing them the tools needed to become successful. I am excited to be part of such an amazing organization and assist families on their journey to independence.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions For Change does something that many organizations talk about but few do, they actually deliver results. Those results can be found in the faces of the parents and children who Solutions helps, it is the look of hope, hope that their lives can be better. Hope that they can be self sufficient again with their dignity and pride intact.

1 Darline U.

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has the success that is rare in homeless programs. I have been involved with homeless programs for over 20 years and am very impressed with the program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has changed my life forever! my boys have the mother they deserve, I am physically and emotionally there for my children today. I am no longer that Hopeless drug addict with no life skills. Solutions for change helped me see that I had potential and I could do anything as long as I worked hard. Since then I have 6 and a half years clean and sober, I have a job that I have been at for almost 6 years. I am responsible because they thought me how to suit up and show up. My journey here has been amazing and for that I am trully grateful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

All it takes is getting to know the little ones and you will immediately be drawn in. Solutions for Change is all about helping them and their families recover and regroup. Over the years I have seen the incredible success of Solutions University and I have been so encouraged at the work being done here. It is such a blessing to be able to be part of the solution to solving family homelessness. Please join us!

Robyn10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a volunteer and donor for Solutions for Change. I am always impressed with the job they do and feel grateful to be a part of such a fine organization

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Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has a way of jumping into your heart and not letting go! The impact they are having on the families and communities they serve is remarkable. I first learned of Solutions for Change 10 years ago and in those early years you just knew that they (the founders, Chris and Tammy Megison) were on to something transformative and powerful with their vision of solving family homelessness. Solutions for Change brings together all the necessary ingredients for change---hope, compassion, commitment and accountability--- while adding in the customized plan and support the families need to make lasting, permanent change. All this based on challenging homeless families to take responsibility for their own lives, and then providing the environment and time needed for families to acquire the skills, knowledge and resources to permanently solve their homelessness. Come see the transformative nature of this world class model for solving family homelessness for yourself. Call Solutions today at (760) 941-6545. You too will find it remarkable!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Solutions for change has made such an impact on my life and the lives of my children. Solutions has taught me to take care of myself and my family. The support I've received from staff is amazing. I owe my life to solutions. I now am able to be a good parent, sister, daughter and friend. I have witnessed miracles here, all around me! I learned how important life is and to enjoy every moment. God Bless all the Angel's at Solutions! What a blessing!

1 Dennis B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a founding board member of this organization and served as chairman of the board for five years. As a pastor in this community for over 25 years, I have been blessed to see the impacts on homeless families lessened considerably, and soon given the community support throughout all sectors, we will see family homelessness solved in terms of having access to permanent solutions for any family in the region who is willing to change the future for themselves and their children. Solutions for Change is meeting the challenge of homelessness head on with a mission and a model that is defeating homelessness for families and communities.

2 Callie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be involved with this organization since 2007. The residents, staff, board members and volunteers have impacted me in ways I could not have anticipated. I am grateful each day that this organization is continuing to solve family homelessness with servant leadership as it's keystone. Solutions for Change is truly leading the way!

1 De Anne C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing program getting to the heart of homelessness and solving it one family at a time! They are able to really understand what it takes to get these people who are having a rough time get the help they need such as recovery, parenting help, education classes, job trainning and self esteem to start fresh and regain their place in our community as productiona and proud community members.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change doesn't just give handouts to their clients, the homeless, but they get to the root of why they are homeless. They didn't just become homeless and desperate overnight, so the "solution" will take some time, also. The dedicated staff help the clients "see" where their futures need to go, then they give them the tools to get there. These are not just temporary changes. Their lives are permanently changed. They learn to deal with their addictions, become good employees, and get and keep a job. They are taught good parenting skills that, by example, teach their children to become good parents in the future. Solutions for Change offers a quality service to bring the homeless out of homelessness forever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change absolutely changes peoples lives. The program saved my sister, her daughter, and husband. My sister lost her son at an early age which debastated her life. She and her family were on the verge of being homeless. Our family helped all that we could but had done all we could. She called Solutions for Change and began to rebuild her life with their help. With the help of Solutions for Change she and her husband now work and have a beautiful place to live and are great parents to their daughter. Solutions for Change gets families working, productive, and happy.

1 James57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Pastor, I am continually confronted with how to best help people in need. Solutions For Change is the best and most effect way to treat homelessness for families. Instead of the short term approach taken by other agencies, they engage families in a 1,000 day program that addresses addiction, parenting skill,s , finances, nutrition, anger management and of course financial planning. Their work programs allow people to regain the dignity of working and earning a living while providing necessary job skills. My family and I volunteer there on a regular basis and I encourage everyone to hop on board with this first class organization.

1 Lisa159

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is helping end homelessness in our area by providing resources, training and a complete Life Changing program. Their commitment to working within the community and with other organizations is both effective and refreshing to see. In the past 5 years since I first volunteered wtih my church to provide monthly meals to SFC residents I have personally witnessed the huge impact this program has on families. I am honored to provide any support I can and encourage others to learn more about Solutions for Change.

2 SocialEntrepreneur

Donor

Rating: 5

I began working with Solutions for Change in 2011 and have been very impressed with the organization. They have a very clear vision, model and plan for solving family homelessness. What I value most as a donor is that my dollars are going towards permanent change rather than temporary band-aids. I would highly recommend this organization to donors who are looking to make a big impact with their donation as this organization has great SROI.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for a long time. One thing with solutions is that after you graduate, you are always a member and can get help if you need it

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a friend who has been helped a lot through Solutions for Change. I am always impressed with how clean and pretty the facilities are, and more importantly with the life skills that are being taught. I feel like you have not only giving the man a fish, but also are teaching him to fish. Thank you for providing such a great service for our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first came to Solutions for Change (SFC) as a volunteer the staff completely embraced me. They were really concerned on how my skills could be used to not only benefit SFC but also keep me engaged and growing. I thought "what a win-win." But it got even better! Although I felt the integrity and commitment of the SFC staff but what really "hooked" me to SFC was personally witnessing graduates testimonials and speeches at their graduation ceremony. Hearing from the graduates on their profound respect for SFC, under the leadership of Chris and Tammy Megison, and their personal transformation stories (and the betterment of their family's lives as well), I simply was brought to tears and moved by SFC's impact on their lives. I have had this incredible opportunity to give to something greater of myself. Through my volunteer work at SFC I am part of phenomenal social endeavor to create generational transformation and to better my home community and its citizens by ending homelessness, one family, one community at a time.

1 Stacy14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

C3 Church San Diego loves partnering with Solution For change. We have never seen another program that deals with the root issue of homelessness and solves it. We have donated items, volunteered at the campus and look forward to helping by partnering with them in what they do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first came to Solutions for Change I thought "Okay this is just another program to go through the motions for".Come to find out it was everything BUT that.This was an "opportunity"to get to re-established as a contributing,productive member of society as well as a responsible parent,providing parent.Solutions coaches and staff ALL have an incredible ability to encourage and inspire.They made me want to do more for myself and my family.Having struggled with alcoholism and addiction for years,I felt I had dug a hole that was impossible to get out of.Solutions gave me a way out.I was able to address my issues and move on with life.I truly felt they cared about me,and they do.They created a structure for me that had been lacking previosly.I am now employed full time,off parole,off welfare,and I have over 1 year clean and sober.All of which I can directly thank Solutions for.I wholeheartedly would,and do,recomend this "opportunity" to anyone who wants to help themselves to a better life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where do I begin.....Solutions helped me to change not only my life but the path that my daughter and I were traveling on.

When my daughter and I arrived at Solutions I was broken, defeated and bruised...and because of the choices I had made in my past and continued to make my life was a train wreck waiting to happen. I knew I wanted something better but lacked the confidence and self-esteem to fix me. Through the program requirements, the classes and the oodles of support.....they guided me as a mom, a woman, a friend and most importantly as a family; ultimately giving me the tools I needed to change our destiny.

Today my daughter and I have a safe and happy life....we are more spiritually, emotionally and mentally healthy then we have ever been....I will be forever grateful to Chris and Tammy, and all of the staff ~ they believed in me until I could believe in myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first got there I thought very little of myself for ending up there. I was shown genuine care and concern by the staff at Solutions. Even when I didn't believe in myself they believed in me. There were guidlines to follow in order to get your life back on the right track. I am no longer on welfare or foodstamps or draining the welfare system. I am contributing as a productive member of society. Where the government assistance basically gives you no way out, Solutions put me back on my feet and showed me that with hard work and being willing to do whats necessary, being a" productive member of society " is a reachable goal. Being self supporting and leading by example has had such an impact on my family and my life. I feel like we have a future that we can be proud of. Who knew that becoming homeless didn't mean hopeless. Solutions has changed the lives of children and and parents for generations to come. Thank you for providing the structure and tools necessary in order to succeed in life. Solutions is awesome and I highly reccomend Solutions to anyone in need of a chance at life.