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Community Voices

Community Voices

Snapshots of our clients:


“I am a single mother, was facing eviction, needing food. H.O.P.E. helped me by referral to strengthen my housing situation, my nutrition with food, and my daughter is doing well in school because she is in the M&M Youth Mentor Program. She is excelling in school and her social skills have improved, all because H.O.P.E. cared enough to give us food.” -Leslie from Helping Others Prepare for Eternity

Tina & Sam

“The rising cost of food is just one of the many recent struggles Sam and Tina have had to face. The time Tina dedicated to taking care of her blind son Bradley caused her to lose her job. Now, they are barely able to cover the cost of rent with only Sam’s income. After exhausting their savings to keep up with bills, Tina and Sam came to The Food Pantry for assistance— Sam and Tina are able to make ends meet and keep their pantry stocked.” –Mercy Housing

George & Mary

“George, Mary and their four children were referred to us from Social Services because they were homeless. We met them at a McDonalds and quickly purchased them something to eat then got them into a Motel. Next day I went to Second Harvest and was able to stock them with food and also purchased a microwave along with pots & pans. We continued to assist the family with food and shelter for approximately 6 months. Long story short, we helped the family to get into their own apartment, Mr. Martinez has a job now and all the children are in school, happy and healthy. This family is now fully self sufficient and connected to the resources in their own community. And that’s a Wrap” –CSP Wraparound Program


“Stewart had recently been released from prison with nowhere to go. Homeless, HIV positive, and afraid the stress of his predicament would push him back into his former lifestyle and eventually prison or suicide. Stewart was admitted into Start House where he was able to connect with a therapist for his mental health needs, a doctor for his medication needs and find part-time employment. Stewart also signed up and was accepted into Shelter-Plus Care and was able to find an apartment, where he pays only 30% of his income. Stewart is happy and moving forward in establishing himself in the community.” –Straight Talk Inc.


“Tonya and her small children had to flee an abusive home life. They came to WTLC with nothing but the clothes on their backs. WTLC staff offered them shelter, as well as counseling and assistance with life skills. The client's hunger to achieve her goals and aspirations made her a success. She learned how to prepare nutritious meals with our menu planning/nutrition classes, and as her self esteem increased she also strived to advance her career goals. The end result was a confident, self sufficient young woman who was able to support her family and herself.” -Women’s Transitional Living Center

Hungry? Find Food

Second Harvest Food Bank works with partner agencies to distribute food throughout Orange County. Find an agency near you that can help.

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