As one of the county's strongest homeless advocates, HomeAid has not only been instrumental in building buildings to house its homeless neighbors, but counts it a privilege to have played a significant role in expanding the capacity of its service provider partners. A sterling example of this synergy has been the partnership of HomeAid Orange County with the Orange County Rescue Mission as a united force working together to change lives.
We know that often you have individuals and supporters ask about our partnership. I hope that as you share the following information with others, they will catch the vision of what we’ve accomplished together and will in turn be a part of the story of the Orange County Rescue Mission.
Hope Family Housing El Modena was one of the first five HomeAid projects in 1989. The success of this development led to a strong relationship with the building industry leaders and the mission of the Orange County Rescue Mission. El Modena serves families that have graduated from transitional housing and are ready to take the next step toward independence. Residents take part in a lightly structured program and are required to pay rent, a stipulation that helps them to begin establishing credit as they continue moving toward self-sufficiency.
In 1992, the House of Hope, a home serving homeless women and their children, was the largest HomeAid housing development at that time. Because of the horse power of HomeAid’s builders and the excellence each brought to the table, the House of Hope became the epitome of homeless housing. When people are drawn together for a common cause the competitive nature disappears and in its place comes a spirit of cooperation - that in this case - defines the brilliance of not only the building industry's contributions, but of the HomeAid Orange County partnership model with the Orange County Rescue Mission.
House of Hope residents - ranging from ages 18-50 - have their own bedroom and bath and share a 'great room' living area and large kitchen. Clients stay between 12 and 18 months; share tasks; and are required to be a part of their own recovery. Since House of Hope opened its doors over 12 years ago, more than a 1000 residents have improved their lives, thanks to the collective hearts of those who care.
Located on 5 acres on Red Hill near Barranca Street in Tustin, the Village of Hope is a 130,000 square-foot facility and is HomeAid’s largest development to date. The complex is comprised of two new buildings and two renovated
barracks. "Building B," consisting of 40,000 square feet, housing a kitchen; dining areas; a donation intake warehouse; and provide support office space designed to serve as the nucleus for the site. "Building A" is comprised of an 8,000 square-foot chapel/auditorium. Additionally, the top floor renovation of the existing barracks provide living quarters for homeless men, women and children in configurations of single and family spaces, while the lower floors will accommodate medical offices, dental offices and vocational training.
In an effort to make a difference in the lives of those in need, the City of Buena Park made the decision to take an assertive hands on role to become part of the solution of the homeless challenges facing its community. Dedicated earlier this year, Hope Family Housing Buena Park provides 16 townhouse units and a manager's apartment each finished with a private courtyard, laundry and garage. Two separate areas include a village green, a play area and landscaped grounds, along with a multi-purpose community room that will provide space for recreation, education and resident programs including job training, counseling and other services -including life skills training- that will assist residents with their transition back into mainstream society. This $5.4 million development is a shining example of our partnership model successfully working together for the common good.
In looking back over the nearly 20 years of our partnership, we are pleased in the knowledge that in some measure HomeAid has had a significant role in assisting the Rescue Mission with its efforts to attend to the least the last and the lost in our community.
Thank you for giving us that opportunity!