WHO WE ARE
OC United is just that – Orange County, united. We’re all the people who have ever thought, I wish I could do something. We’re a collection of citizens, non-profits and churches who believe we can accomplish more working together than apart. We believe that our community is full of faces and personalities that need love and support. We believe that you are part of our community. You make us who we are by taking action.
WHY WE ARE
We’re all neighbors. We live in the same space and share the same resources. But some of us don’t have homes. Some of us don’t have families. Some of us are isolated despite being surrounded by others. We’re tired of feeling helpless when presented with heartbreaking needs. We’re here to empower ALL of us to bring compassion, peace, and restorative relationships to the most vulnerable in OUR community.
We exist to empower the vulnerable who have experienced the breakdown of the family unit through restorative relationships and life-skills development. We serve those who have experienced Foster Care, Domestic Abuse, Homelessness, and Under-Resourced Neighborhoods & Schools.
Director of Operations, Foster Care
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Victor & Camille Hernandez
Director, Neighborhood Development
Director, Domestic Abuse
Program Developer, THRIVE Program
Director, Jobs for Life
Program Director, United Kids
Resource Specialist, RESPITE Program
Timothy J. Blied
Tim Blied is a partner with an Orange County law firm specializing in adoptions. He is active with The Sheepfold, serving for the past 25 years on the Board. He also has been on the Board of Casa Teresa. He and his wife, Janel, have been married for 40 years and have 4 adult children.
Dan Hughes works as the VP of Security at Disneyland and is the former Chief of Police for the City of Fullerton. Dan was raised in Fullerton and worked for the police department for over 30 years. Dan is excited about OC United and believes their vision will help transform the City of Fullerton.
Native of Ohio, but lover of California, Paul and his family are actively involved in the Fullerton community. Paul has the privilege of working with many organizations that meet real human need daily. He’s especially enthusiastic about the work of OCUnited, as it changes lives in his own community.
This is an exciting opportunity to unite caring people and committed organizations to better serve our OC friends and neighbors in need. Local businesses are looking for ways to make a difference in their communities. Indeed, together we can make things better.
Jennifer Fitzgerald was elected to the Fullerton City Council in 2012. Since her election, she has made the people of Fullerton, especially the vulnerable among us, her top priority. She is an ardent advocate for a year-round, 24-hour homeless shelter in Fullerton and is a community volunteer, founding Give Back (Packs) Fullerton, a school supplies drive for Fullerton’s school age, at-risk kids.
A former Texan, Barb fell in love with California when she and her husband, Bill, moved to Fullerton 33 years ago. They raised their 2 adult children in Fullerton and have now been blessed with one grandchild. Barb’s volunteer work includes 16 years on the board of Pathways of Hope, along with service to Meals on Wheels, Hot Meals Ministry, ALPHA and Needlework Guild.
Darin is currently the Senior Pastor of EvFree Fullerton. He loves identifying timeless ways to lead in the context of a neighborhood church. He and his wife Shannon have been married for 21 years, and have four children. Darin took Karate in 6th grade, and thinks it’s highly probable that he can still chop a 1×4 in half with his hand.