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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

3

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.

2

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.

3

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.