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Solutions for Change

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

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

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

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

Geographic areas served: San Diego

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

Community Stories

129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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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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!!!