Hello, my name is Lizbeth Ramirez and I am a junior at Ocean View High School. I have been in the program for about four years now and I have learned many many things. As the first in my family to be going to college, I knew nothing about how to get to college and what I needed to be able to apply. SteppingUP has taught me the difference between privates and public colleges, they have taught me how to be able to pay for college even if you don't have the money. From how to get to college, to learning about credit/debit, and having a healthy life style, SteppingUP has taught me many valuable lessons that will be very useful in my future. I am very grateful to have SteppingUP in my life. I don't know what my future would look like without it.
Such a great organization with a an amazing mission.
I have been a volunteer with OCCHC for over 4 years now and have personally seen how this organization has positively supported and impacted the community. Being a volunteer at the annual career fair allows me to see first-hand the positive experience the students get, and the take-aways they gain through the interaction with professionals as well as the real-life interviews. Year after year, I see these at-risk students become more positive, more energized, and more optimistic about their college hopes and dreams. I continue to support OCCHC in any/all capacities because of the direct impact the organization makes in helping these students get into college. It's such a heartwarming feeling to have students come back and talk to me about how they never even considered college before OCCHC, and now are on a successful path for the rest of their lives. I look forward to continuing to be a part of OCCHC's mission to change the lives of at-risk students.
I have been involved with OCCHC for a little over a decade. From the very begging it gave my parents a big relief. They no longer has to struggle to make ends meet for an apartment in where we all stayed in one bedroom. Thanks to OCCHC my brother, sister and parents have had a room for ourselves which gave everyone more space, especially for academia. I am very thankful for OCCHC because I know my life would have been very differnt if they would have not provided my family with the aid that we needed. Personally I would love to thank Alan Boldwen for taking the initiative to creating OCCHC with his colleagues. I will never forget his exact same words he mentioned at his retirement celebration. He said, "Live simple so that others can simply live" Becauae of his mentality he has helped not only my family but hundreds of family's accross Orange County. Now that Nora is on board I am more than happy to see what she has to bring to the table. She has worked with Allan for several years and she I am positive that she will expand OCCHC.
Further more on behave of OCCHC SteppingUP began about 9 years ago and thanks to SteppingUP I recieved the guildence to get into college. I am very thankful for SteppingUP which was started by Monica Cardenas. She has really expanded the program a lot and over the years the program has guilded many students, including me I to college.
Orange County Community Housing Corp. does an excellent job in helping people in need and enabling them to become independent and self-reliant through education. The impact that OCCHC has on people is tangible and long-lasting. OCCHC empowers the powerless, and educates the uneducated.
SteppingUP is changing lives every day. They mentor and tutor youth and guide them in the direction of college after finishing high school. This not only helps the youth they work with but the whole family. As someone who works with homeless youth 18 to 24, I see the difference that could have been made if the youth I work with had SteppingUp involved in their lives.
Review from Guidestar