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Families Forward is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members who shared the same vision of providing supported housing programs for families in crisis. The comprehensive array of services offered at Families Forward empowers families to regain stability and self-sufficiency. Our homeless prevention services include career coaching, life-skills education, and food assistance. These services are supplemented by our rigorous Transitional Housing Program, which has resulted in more than 4 out of 5 families successfully transitioning from crisis to financial stability, giving their children a stable home to help them succeed in school.

Our Mission

Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to move from depending upon public services to return to being independent, productive residents of the community.

Many of the families come to us after losing their homes or having been evicted from their apartments. While we live in one of the most affluent areas of the country, it is an unfortunate fact that hundreds of families each year face a financial crisis severe enough to cause them to lose their home. At Families Forward, our biggest concern is to protect the children. No matter what may have caused a family to become homeless, children are always the innocent victims.

We have twenty-eight transitional homes; each is full and every day we get calls from desperate families seeking help. Our food pantry, located at our offices in Irvine, provides essential food to more than 5,000 people each year. We receive over 400 phone calls a month from people in South Orange County seeking help.

At Families Forward, we give families renewed self-confidence and the tools they need to succeed in life. Last year, Families Forward assisted over 7,500 individuals through housing, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services.

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