Max is homeless and has been ill for five years. He has been unable to get medical care because of his appearance and his unfamiliarity with the healthcare system. Karen, an OC United volunteer, offered to advocate on his behalf. She called doctors, helped with insurance paperwork, and attended office visits with him. Within weeks, Max had appointments for the tests and procedures he needed, and is on the road toward ongoing care and stable health.
The issues facing the homeless are complex. Giving them something to eat is a place to start—but then what? Each person faces unique challenges, and we can’t help them until we get to know them. That’s why relationship is the key to our homeless initiative: both developing relationships with homeless people and partnering with other organizations to increase our resources.
GET INVOLVED with the Homeless:
ACTS OF KINDNESS – Feeding the hungry: Every Friday, 3:50 to 5:30 p.m., near La Palma Park. Share friendship, food and conversation. Serve on a regular rotational basis.
SCENT OF WATER – Mobile laundry and shower: First and third Saturday of the month, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., at First Methodist Church in Fullerton. Talk and eat with people while they do their laundry. Serve on a regular rotational basis.
EL DORADO INN – Serving motel families: Multiple nights and ministries. Monday, Wednesday, Friday Kidz Club, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday dinner, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Friday Family Fun Night, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Teams serve on a regular rotational basis.
GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER – Food Distribution Center: Open on EvFree Fullerton campus, Monday-Friday, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in partnership with Clothes Closet and Food Pantry ministries. Serve on a weekly basis as part of a team.
FUTURE IN HUMANITY – Friendship program: Open Monday-Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in downtown Fullerton. Volunteer under the direction of a lead social worker with homeless people who have come desiring change. Serve on a weekly basis according to your schedule.
COAST TO COAST FOUNDATION – People helping people in need: In partnership with the Fullerton Police Department, teams do outreach on Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Fullerton. Help the homeless get off the streets and into hope and life-change. Training and oversight provided by an experienced team. Serve on a weekly or consistent basis (also work in Tustin, Anaheim and Huntington Beach).
CAREER WISE – Helping the homeless find jobs: Tuesdays at First Lutheran church in Fullerton, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. In partnership with other non-profits, volunteers will be trained to help the homeless find jobs and take the necessary steps to rise out of homelessness and into dignity, hope and productivity. Serve on a regular basis each month.
PATHWAYS OF HOPE – Rebuilding lives of the hungry and homeless: For 40 years, Pathways has been serving the marginalized in Fullerton with housing, food distribution, and prevention. There are many ways to be involved: maintenance, outreach, office help and skills development. Commit monthly.
TAKE ACTION – For additional information regarding our homeless ministry, contact Jay Williams at