FAM has been providing hunger and homeless prevention services in South OC since 1999.
11 staff, 14 Board members, and 140 weekly volunteers give of their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Most people don't want to come and ask for help. It can be humbling, scary, and intimidating. Typically by the time someone arrives at FAM's door, they've been through VERY challenging and difficult times.
One senior, who we'll call Sally, who arrived at our door was sobbing and holding an eviction notice. Sally met with a case manager who began to run her financial numbers to create a budget. The case manager notice that she owned her mobile home but had not paid her HOA for 7 months. Noticing she COULD afford the nominal monthly fee, the case manager asked what was going on?
Sally sobbed again as she explained that her 40 year old son was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer seven months ago. Of course, her money, her thoughts and emotions were all directed at trying to save his life.
FAM's case manager called the Homeowners Association, explained the situation and offered to have Sallly come to FAM each month to pay her bill and we would match it. This way she could be caught up in 3 months but better than that, Sally would be back in the habit of paying her bills. They were delighted to accommodate Sally. Sadly her son did pass away but today Sally has a roof over her head.
A SNAPSHOT OF FAM
• An average 3,600 HUNGRY people seek assistance at FAM each month
• 46% of these clients are CHILDREN under the age of 18
• ALL clients meet with their own case manager and help creating a budget in order to begin making the tough decisions needed to regain self-sufficiency
• Last year FAM redistributed over $1.7 million worth of FOOD and personal care items
• Over $118,000 in client aid in the form of bills paid to service providers CHANGED LIVES of those on edge in our community because of the GENEROUS SPIRIT of our DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, and PARTNERS!
How does FAM helps our clients?
- 138 households with $43,550 in rental assistance
- 41 households with $9,426 in interim motel assistance
- 174 households with $25,748 in utility assistance
- 109+ households with $19,361 in transportation assistance
- over $43,000 in assistance to seniors
An average of 60 homeless women and women with children are housed and provided life skills and HOPE through Gilchrist House FAM's Transitional Shelter. (see Get Help for more details)