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.
OCCHC/ SteppingUP has helped and given low income families the opportuniuty to give them a better life. Not only are they helping many families with their living situation, but they are also helping the children continue their education. SteppingUP is giving these children the motivation and knowledge to further their education. This program teaches the children the different kinds of fields they will be able to study for in the future. I am very happy to be a part of OCCHC/SteppingUP and seeing these families thrive for a better life!
Orange County Community Housing Corp helps to change the lives of so many families by providing quality housing at affordable prices for families in their community. In addition to housing assistance, OCCHC, through their College Awareness Program, SteppingUP, also provides education and mentoring services to the young residents. I am impressed with the enthusiasm and excitement of every employee, volunteer, and mentor at this organization. It is obvious that they love the work they do, which is why OCCHC continues to impact so many lives in a positive way.
OCCHC has provided safe, suitable affordable housing for low- and very low-income children and their parents for 40 years, plus programs for them to gain access to health education and a pathway to college for high school students. OCCHC continues to grow its operation, making it a point to hire from the community, support local school systems and moreover, maintain its own self-sufficiency. Why? Because its high performance team has a steeled dedication to serve vulnerable communities, and frankly, because its leadership team has a razor sharp focus on what matters most in lifting children out of poverty.
Success and OCCHC go hand-in-hand! Hundreds of high school seniors made college a reality thanks to the tireless efforts of OCCHC. Its staff is committed to each student they serve and for many of the students this may be their first experience of having a strong mentor show them support and encouragement and that anything is possible!
Orange County Community Housing Corporation is changing lives of families in Orange County not only by providing access to affordable housing, but by moving low-income families towards great self-sufficiency by assisting them with Housing and Education.
They are braking the cycle of poverty for these families through their SteppingUP program, which is a program that provides youth living in the affordable housing projects access to higher education.
As I go into my eight year with SteppingUP, I reflect on all I have learned and the support I receive from my co-workers. It's a non-profit unlike any other; we truly are a family. Being able to mold and change the way we service our clients to ensure they receive all we can give them. Whether it's educating our parents through workshops or exposing our students to the joys of musicals. It truly is a joy to wake up everyday and go to work with SteppingUP.
OCCHC/SteppingUP has been a major investor in my education. I joined SteppingUP when I was in 7th grade and participated in their College Awareness Program (CAP) till I became the first in my family to graduate from high school. With the help of my academic advisor, Maggie, I was able to be the first in my family to pursue a higher education; currently in my 4th year at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Health Care Administration while attempting to complete pre-reqs for medical school. Also, I am currently an Academic Advisor for the SteppingUP program, the best part of this position is that I have the privilege of guiding students who were once in my shoes and in the same community that I grew up in, Oak View in Huntington Beach.
OCCHC/SteppingUP changes lives! That is why they are one of the leading non-profits in OC! :)
I have been working with OCCHC/SteppingUP for about 8 years (not consecutively). It is an organization that has helped me grow into a professional. Working with families and students is what I love to do and SteppingUP has allowed me to show that passion. Our families and students always remind us that we are making in impact in their lives. We hope to continue our programs so we can assist all and every family that passes through our doors.