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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We have helped make Christmas baskets for families that live in Solutions for Change housing. The baskets and boxes consist of food, clothes, and toys. We found the families to be very grateful and happy with their love homes while we were delivering the baskets and boxes. It's a really outstanding program.

1 Mary453

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is exactly what it's name says; I have been a supporter of this organization for years and firmly believe their model for helping families is the best solution for positive change; for the families and for our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This IS the best program to get homeless families off the street to becoming productive citizens of the community. Solutions for Change's residents earn pride and self-esteem because they do it for themselves. Parents and children are given the tools (physical, pycho, social, bio, and spiritually), to be successful as they navigate the path to self-sufficiency. Program residents are given guidance and a hand up through education, modeling, and work!

Many other programs are just a "hand out" programs...leaving its recipients never satisfied because they never get out of their situational "pit." Solutions for Change gives people hope, vision, and self-worth through a model that has been proven to work - not just for their residents but also the community!

Solutions for Change is a program seen to work over and over again. How many homeless programs actually give back to the community - or better yet, make the community BETTER? Solutions gets everyone involved - from ordinary citizens as well as the community and social/political/governmental minded groups because they see the positive results.

Vista and the surrounding communities have gotten behind this program because it helps everyone! It gets families off the street...gets parents working and providing for their families...kids are off the street and in school...and they educate them in "life skills." It even gives the community a sense of ownership in their success - the ability to help those less fortunate. Our schools get something too (besides successful students) - fresh food to serve and eat.

What other programs or models boasts of all that?

I'll tell you - none!

I am behind this program 110% because it works! The evidence is clear and visible to me, the residents, and the community at large!

Check it out - you'll see the difference!

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

SFC isn't like anyone/anything else. They are unique...because it works! Through tough love, life education lessons, a lot of elbow grease, and God's grace all those who work at SFC, those going through the program, those that have graduated from the program, and all those (like me) who have had the privilege to be a part of this process have proven that it can be done! Chris and his wife's life passion is infectious and the whole community has joined in on their vision--to solve family homelessness, permanently!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing it right! Training, equipping, supporting. Fabulous model for others to follow!

Nancy219

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does more than offer band-aids. To willing parents, they offer a new lease on life. They turn things around. I have been following their actions for several years and I see nothing but real quality. I have toured their farm, and met their staff. If you want more "bang for your buck", you can't go wrong supporting this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change is the most comprehensive program for solving family homelessness in our region. The program changes lives and incorporates innovative workforce training solutions not seen anywhere else in our county.

Donor

Rating: 5

SFC is a five star organization. They work 'with the end in mind' serving homeless families with respect, shelter, training and a future. Every aspect of the organization is lead by knowledgeable, caring people with a vision to make homelessness a thing of the past...one family at a time. Their success stories are proof of a 'job well done'.

1 Julia Retz M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our ministry, Trash to Treasure is a proud supporter of this amazingly loving organization!

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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!

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 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.

2 Anita20

Donor

Rating: 5

My church, Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, supports Solutions for Change - and so do I. I only donate to SFC as I know it will do to the benefit of the residence there. The changes that occur in their residence can only be considered the Hand of God! I am blessed in knowing them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The transformation you see working with the residents is absolutely amazing. This organization is truly making changes in North County. There should be a "Solve It" team in every major city across the nation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My time with Solutions has been marked by witnessing powerful transformations among the residents. The graduation ceremonies have been particularly rewarding to watch. Solutions truly does what they say – they SOLVE family homelessness. Our community is fortunate to have such a wonderful organization among us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The model that Solutions for Change offers is an asset to North San Diego County and should be implemented on a national level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions For Change does something that many organizations talk about but few do, they actually deliver results. Those results can be found in the faces of the parents and children who Solutions helps, it is the look of hope, hope that their lives can be better. Hope that they can be self sufficient again with their dignity and pride intact.

1 Darline U.

Donor

Rating: 5

Solutions for Change has the success that is rare in homeless programs. I have been involved with homeless programs for over 20 years and am very impressed with the program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

All it takes is getting to know the little ones and you will immediately be drawn in. Solutions for Change is all about helping them and their families recover and regroup. Over the years I have seen the incredible success of Solutions University and I have been so encouraged at the work being done here. It is such a blessing to be able to be part of the solution to solving family homelessness. Please join us!

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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!

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.