Serving Former-Foster & Under-Resourced Young Adults


What we do

THRIVE comes alongside former-foster and under-resourced young adults as they transition into adulthood.

We combine practical resources and relational support as we navigate school, work, and inter-personal life with our young adults.

We care deeply about the young adults we serve and believe that it is through meaningful relationships that long-term change occurs.

We provide

  • Community for former-foster & under-resourced young adults
  • Educational support (e.g., tutoring, navigating financial aid, partnerships with local colleges & universities)
  • Life-skills and workforce development
  • Free mental health services
  • One-on-one case management
  • Emotional & spiritual support
  • Safe and affordable housing (Currently full)



Questions? Email us at [email protected]


Relax, connect, and grow together.
Each night includes dinner and games or a life-skills workshop.


  • 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Open to former-foster & under-resourced young adults
  • OC United’s back office space – 436 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832

Wrap-around Support

We provide individualized case management that focuses on 8 areas of adulthood. Our Support Advocates help you gain the knowledge, awareness, skills, and resources to reach your goals.

Focus Areas

  1. Housing & Transportation
  2. Life Skills
  3. Finances
  4. Health
  5. Personal Identity
  6. Education
  7. Relationships & Community
  8. Employment

Our case management is based out of a relationship with you, built from mutual trust, integrity, and reliability.


Providing home and community for a healthy and confident transition to self-sufficiency. Currently, our housing is full. Please submit an interest form for alternative services.


  • Affordable, Comfortable, and Safe Housing
  • Financial Savings Program
  • One-on-one Case Management for Residents
  • Therapeutic and Emotional Support
  • Independent Living Skills & Development
  • Financial Literacy & Budgeting
  • Educational / Academic Support
  • Job and Career Development
  • Health and Wellness Focus
“THRIVE has been amazing for me. It’s allowed me to go to college and not have to worry... or live in my car. I’ve changed a lot over the past year. OC United has provided so many opportunities and really just supports you along the way. I couldn’t thank them enough.”

J. (THRIVE Resident, 2016-2021)

Meet our Team

  • Amy Gaw
    Amy Gaw
    Director, Operations & Foster Care Initiative

    TBRI® Practitioner
    MSOYW Facilitator
    B.S. Psychology

  • Jim Deming
    Jim Deming
    Director, THRIVE Men's Program

    B.A. Interpersonal & Organizational Communication
    30 years, County of Orange Children & Family Services
    ACE’s Qualified Educator

  • Heather Macleod
    Heather Macleod
    Support Advocate, THRIVE Women's Program

    B.A. Sociology
    TBRI® Practitioner

  • Katie Russo
    Katie Russo
    Intake Coordinator, Support Advocate

    B.A. Social Work
    Masters in Social Work


Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their generosity in making THRIVE a reality!