• The 2nd Annual Festival of the Hearts, presented by Laura's House and Tilly's Life Center, happening on May 11th, will gather local youth, parents and teachers for a youth education and empowerment day at Saddleback College. This event will educate attendees with the themes of healthy relationships, cyber safety, positive thinking and affirmations, safe dating, social media and bullying, substance abuse, and warning signs.

      The event will offer live music, educational workshops, interactive social activities, vendor and resource booths, breakfast and lunch, as well as giveaways. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and all attendees will receive raffle tickets, a swag bag and a 'Festival Insider' booklet with promotions and coupons offered by our sponsors and vendors. Registrationopens at 8:00am, and program begins promptly at 9:00am. Event includes free parking.

      Registrants paying by check can make checks payable to: Laura's House and send it c/o Laura's House, 999 Corporate Drive, Ste 225, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

      Students and their parents can reserve their spot by clicking HERE or visiting our teen website.

      Download the flyer HERE and feel free to share this information with the young people and/or parents you work with!

    • Mental health conditions are underdiagnosed and undertreated in older veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, high rates of suicide and substance misuse are some of the difficulties our veterans commonly face.

      Stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental health conditions and fear of discrimination are often barriers to access and treatment. Diagnosis has typically been delayed in older veterans, which means some have been struggling for decades. Take care of your body and your mind by proactively finding veteran-friendly health services in your area.

      Explore community resources, enjoy art exhibits, and join a panel of local experts as they discuss current behavioral health trends in the veteran older adult population.

      Visit the Council on Aging, Southern Califonia website.

      Schedule · Wednesday, May 8, 2019
      1:30 PM - 1:45 PM:  Welcome and Overview - COASC
      1:45 PM - 2:15 PM:  Veteran & Older Adult Mental Health Awareness & Access - OC4Vets
      2:15 PM - 2:45 PM:  SAVE: The VA's Suicide Prevention & Assessment Testing - Los Angeles Vet Center
      2:45 PM - 3:15 PM:  PTSD Treatment Options & Efficacy - OC Health Care Agency
      3:15 PM - 3:30 PM:  Q & A Panel - moderated by Tierney Center

      Event Speakers:

      Kevin Alexander, DBH, LPCC
      OC Health Care Agency

      Eleni Hailemarjam, MD
      OC Health Care Agency

      Dustin Halliwell, LCSW
      Veterans Administration

      Patrick Thomson
      Tierney Center for Veteran Services

      Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

      OASIS Senior Center
      801 Narcissus Ave, Corona del Mar, California 92625

      For more information please call (714) 352-8820.

    • Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) and Boys & Girls Club are having an event! "The Day of the Child" is being held to honor children in the community. You and your family are invited to join us for a fun-filled day with food, music, bounce-houses, face-painting, as well as games! Free adminission!  

      There will also be multiple agency resource/booth participants from the community present. Members of the community will be able to obtain a better understanding of how these agencies can assist families in need.

      Where: Boys & Girls Club, 950 W Highland Street, Santa Ana CA 92703

      Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

      Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Download the flyer here (English and Spanish).

      If your organization would like to participate in this event, please download the Participant Form here.

    • Now in its 17th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. The month-long, high-energy event features a host of free, family-fun entertainment including more than 100 activities and performances ranging from face painting and arts and crafts to karate demonstrations, live dance and singing performances, animal shows, and much more.

      Among the many featured activities at this year’s Festival are:

      • LEGO: Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free mini LEGO build activities.
      • Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me: Each Friday in September at 11:00 a.m. – Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery.
      • Dance: Each Saturday and Sunday, various times – Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.
      • Arts & Crafts: Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.
      • CanstructionOC: CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day.

      Admission if free, so is parking! This even is suitable for all ages. For questions or further information, please call (800) 782-8888.

      Please join us and over 70 other organizations every weekend in September from 12-4pm at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) to help us celebrate National Child Awareness Month and Festival of Children!

    • Join us in celebrating the power literacy and learning! The goal of the event is to raise awareness about literacy in Orange County, and to connect adults and families with literacy services and other resources. This year we will celebrating the power literacy and learning can have in changing and uplifting lives.This is a free event and all ages welcome!

      • guest speakers
      • community resources
      • fun reading programs
      • children’s performers
      • children’s crafts, face painting and more!

      June 8th, 2019
      11:00am- 4:00pm
      Tustin Library
      345 E. Main Street
      Tustin, CA 92780

      Special guest speaker, Michael Gaulden, author of My Way Home.  Book signing to follow. Free book to adult participants while supplies last!

      For more information contact OC READ at (714) 566-3070 or visit CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

      OC READ/OC Public Libraries would like to invite your organization to take part in this Literacy Festival. Please CLICK HERE for the exhibitor information and registration packet. If you have any questions, please call us at 714-566-3070. We look forward to working with you!

    • Meet, sit down and interview with Nationally Known employers at The Orange County Career Fair & Premiere Sales & Professional Job Fair. Professional Dress is required at this event (suit & tie or business attire) Bring plenty of resumes.

      Tuesday - June 4, 2019
      11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

      Atrium Hotel- Irvine / Orange County
      18700 MacArthur Blvd
      Irvine, Ca 92612

      *Free Attendance at the Orange County Job Fair for All JobSeekers - Open to all candidates! REGISTER HERE!  *Come with your Eventbrite Orange County Job Fair ticket for 1st admission into the career fair. 

      Benefit packages vary by the company at This Orange County Career Fair, Job Fair and Hiring Event. All include a combination of the following :

      Corporate Benefits Packages:

      • Salaried Positions
      • Base Salary + Positions
      • Bonuses
      • Commission
      • Car or Car Allowance
      • Cell/Laptop
      • Full Medical/Dental/Vision
      • Life Insurance
      • Paid Holidays
      • Expense Account
      • Complete Corporate Training
      • College Tuition Reimbursement
      • Management Training
      • Rapid Career Advancement

      **Be prepared to interview with hiring managers and recruiters at this special Orange County Career Fair and Hiring Event, Professional Dress (suit & tie or business suit) required. Bring plenty of resumes.

    • Click here to view 211OC's new interactive Helpline Dashboard containing statistics for the calendar year 2015.

    • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational equity and excellence for the approximately 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness each year.

      Our 2018 national conference theme is All Together Now, a theme that reinforces our collective, unified strength in helping those children and youth among us stay on their educational path out of homelessness, will be held October 27-30 in Anaheim, California.

      The exceptional learning experiences at the NAEHCY Annual Conference are made possible by the innovative and unique sessions submitted by professionals like you. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide yourself and your peers education that supports your career and organization..

      Each year NAEHCY brings together those who, on a daily basis, work closely with homeless children and youth. Through a series of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, valued exhibitors, and networking opportunities, the NAEHCY conference is the only conference of its kind and boasts an attendance of more than 1,300 professionals

      For further information and to view 2018 NAEHCY conference participation opportunities click HERE.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King's Holiday, it's time to ask ourselves...
      Are we living out his dream?
      Are we working together towards the dream?
      How can we teach the next generation to pursue the dream?
      Come together with influential city and county leaders, law enforcement, educators, artists, local churches, non-profit organizers, entrepreneurs and community members and be a part of this crucial conversation.

      Please join us.Monday, January 21, 2019 

      7:30 am - 9:30 am
      Phillips Hall Theatre
      1454-1592 North Bristol Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92706

      Click HERE to register for this event. 


      The Kennedy Commission wants to thank all of you for supporting California's tremendous investment in affordable housing and for helping us pass Props 1 and 2, a combined $6 BILLION in new funding for the development and preservation of affordable and supportive homes.

      "We are excited that Californians are investing in solutions that will increase affordable housing options in our communities. For us in Orange County, this presents an opportunity to help us leverage resources to address our affordable housing and homelessness crisis," said Cesar Covarrubias, Executive Director of the Kennedy Commission.

      Prop 1 will dedicate funding to build and preserve housing, including supportive housing, and provide homeowner assistance through a variety of proven and effective programs, including:

      • Multifamily Housing Program - $1.5 billion
      • Cal-Vet Farm and Home Loan Program - $1 billion
      • Infill Infrastructure Grant Financing - $300 million
      • Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program - $300 million
      • Local Housing Trust Match Grant Program - $300 million
      • CalHome - $300 million
      • CalHFA Home Purchase Assistance - $150 million
      • Transit-Oriented Development Program - $150 million

      The state is expected to issue its first notices of funding availability in early 2019.

      Prop 2 is equally important, providing supportive homes for our fellow Californians living with a mental illness struggling to survive on the streets or in shelters without the stability and access to services they need. With $2 billion, Prop 2 will build an additional 20,000 supportive rental homes that provide mental health services to help end homelessness for thousands of people. Homelessness advocates, doctors, mental health professionals, emergency responders, and law enforcement all agree – supportive housing works and we need it if we are to end chronic homelessness in California.

    • From 1941 to 1944, the Germans subjected Leningrad, the former capital of Russia known today as “Saint Petersburg,” to one of the longest and most destructive chapters of World War II. Historians believe that the Siege of Leningrad — occurring over a nearly 900-day period — resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 million soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of another 1.4 million people, mostly women and children.

      Two little girls — Tamara Haltsonen, who was then 6 years old, and her older sister, Lidia, who was 10 — illustrate the unfathomable human toll of the infamous siege: The girls suffered through the death of their mother, Tatiana, to starvation and/or illness, and the loss of their father, Alexsander, to the “German Labor Camps.” Devastated and suddenly with no one to care for them, the two were placed in separate sections of a local orphanage, before being moved with other evacuees to... To continue reading this story, please click HERE.

    • The County of Orange Social Services Agency is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Human Services Request for Proposals Training for Community Partners for human services providers interested in learning more about competitive bidding through the use of the Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation method.

       The Social Services Agency (SSA) is the largest County agency and serves an average of one in every four Orange County residents, or over 700,000 people a month.  Services provided are designed to:

      • Protect children and adults from abuse and/or neglect.
      • Enable low-income adults who are frail and/or disabled to safely remain in their homes rather than being institutionalized.
      • Transition eligible families from dependency to self-sufficiency, and provide program benefits for eligible CalWORKs, CalFresh (Food Stamps), Refugee, General Relief and Medi-Cal recipients. 

      SSA releases various RFPs on an annual basis, typically in the fall months for human services agreements that begin on July 1st of the next fiscal year.

      This training is targeted for individuals and organizations, including but not limited to businesses, non-profits and institutions of higher education, with expertise and experience in the areas of child welfare, refugee social services, CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work or adult services and have an understanding of the special needs of the SSA’s target populations described above.  This training is open to the public, first-time attendees or those who would like a refresher. 

      Training Date:

      Thursday, September 27, 2018

      Training Time:

      9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

      Training Location:

      500 N. State College Blvd., Suite 100 
      First floor, Conference Room 1012
      Orange, CA  92868

      RSVP Deadline:

      Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:00 PM

      Email address to RSVP:

      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation.

    • Orange County’s Imagination Celebration, a gargantuan annual spring festival that celebrates the arts throughout Orange County and emphasizes the creativity of kids, is celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2019 – a remarkable testament to the vision and passion of people who believe that art makes a crucial difference in the lives of the county’s children and teens.

      This year’s Imagination Celebration will last well over a month and features more than 100 events, most of them free, in 29 Orange County communities.

      While it’s hard to fault the organizers of Imagination Celebration and other community-level arts programs for children and teens, such huge endeavors could be seen as an indication of the shrinking role of K-12 education in the arts. How much do we value arts education if we leave it to well-meaning but often cash-strapped volunteers to provide it?

      To read the full article and get further information about the event, please click HERE.

      1,000 Pieces of Art Exhibition
      WHEN: May 1 – May 19
      WHERE: South Coast Plaza, Crate & Barrel Wing, Costa Mesa
      TICKETS: Free

    • Are you Ready for a Career in IT? The Nationaal Veterans Transition Services' REBOOT program is now offering a FREE training course will prepare you for your first paid role in the information technology (IT) field. IT-Ready is an eight-week, full-time classroom training program that covers a technical computer curriculum geared toward the CompTIA A+ certification. Plus, students learn professional skills to ensure their long-term career success.

      IT-Ready primarily serves:

      • Honorable Separated from Military
      • Post 9/11
      • Veterans and their Spouses
      • Wounded Warrior Project Qualified (Easy to Apply)
      • Looking for Employment

      No prior tech experience is necessary.

      Since IT-Ready was established in 2012, more than 1,500 individuals have trained with IT-Ready, with 88% of students graduating and 86% of graduates obtaining full-time tech jobs.

      To learn more and see how to take part in IT-Ready as a student visit www.ITREADY.COM.

      In partnership with local employers and workforce agencies, we screen, train, certify and place individuals in a paid work experience that can lead to permanent full-time employment with family sustaining wages as a skilled IT worker.

      Application Deadline is February 22nd, Class Launches March 25th

      FREE Education Training
      FREE Job Placement

      Don't wait, apply now! Space is limited! Download the flyer HERE.

      Commitment to Attend 5 Days a Week for 8 Weeks

      Apply at

    • Are you new to using computers? Don’t know where to start? Join us for an 8 week basic introductory computer class for adults!

      Throughout the course you will learn how:

      • to power a computer on and off
      • to identify basic computer components
      • proper keyboard placement
      • introductory typing skills
      • basic internet navigation

      This class is designed for adults ages 50+.

      When: Tuesday’s
      Dates: May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, May 28th, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th, and June 25th.
      Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living
      307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663
      *Space is limited*
      Please call to register at (949) 764-6551.  Download the flyer in English HERE... descarga el folleto en español AQUÍ.

    • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is hosting a three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Behavioral Health Care to the Streets. This series will discuss how to provide behavioral health care in unsheltered environments. The first webinar in the series is coming up soon – register today!

      HHRN is the SAMHSA training and technical assistance center that shares knowledge and best practices for preventing and ending homelessness.

      Thursday, April 25, 2019
      3:30 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Register Today

      In this webinar, participants will learn about the need for behavioral health-focused outreach and engagement, as well as how to implement outreach and engagement strategies and build relationships with clients. The following panelists will share their expertise in behavioral health and homelessness:

      • Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
      • Brian Bickford, MA, LMHC, Central Massachusetts PATH Team Leader, Eliot Community Human Services, Worcester, Massachusetts
      • Amanda Buccina, RN, Street Outreach RN, Sacramento, California
      • Tracey Knickerbocker, BA, Mobile Crisis Support Team Peer Navigator, TLCS/Hope Cooperative, Sacramento, California

      Participants will learn how to:

      • Provide person-centered, behavioral health-focused outreach in encampments with an emphasis on building trust and meaningful relationships
      • Engage unsheltered people with serious mental illness through multi-disciplinary teams, peer specialists, and trauma-informed care
      • Incorporate behavioral health considerations into organized efforts to support individuals in encampments

      Please save the dates for future webinars in this series:

      • Webinar 2: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT - Building a Foundation on the Streets—Assessing Behavioral Health Needs in Encampments
      • Webinar 3: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT - Behavioral Health Care Outside of the Box—Providing Services and Treatment to Unsheltered Persons

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    • Moving from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Helping Youth, Families and Providers Prepare for Transition

      Guest Speaker: Erika Jewell, LCSW, ACM, CHOC Children's

      This workshop is focused on transition readiness for adolescents and young adults, addressing the needs of youth, families and providers in the transition from pediatric to adult health care services. In California, transition efforts begin at age 14 and continue through age 21.

      At the end of the program, participants should be able to:

      • Define the difference between transition efforts and discharge planning.
      • Learn barriers to a successful transition and how to effectively address them.
      • Discuss health and psychosocial concerns facing adolescent and young adults during the transition period.
      • Identify tools and resources to work effectively with adolescents and young adults to address developmental and cultural needs.
      • Discuss strategies for working jointly with youth, family and providers to ensure a successful transition.

      Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Registration Required, NO FEE

      Tuesday, March 26, 2019
      12:30–2 p.m.
      CalOptima, 505 City Parkway West, Room 109-N, Orange, CA 92868

      1.5 CE Credits Offered

      Space is limited! Please RSVP by Thursday, March 21, 2019. Download the flyer HERE.

      For questions, special accommodations or to file a complaint, please call Miriam Sanchez De Lorenzo at 657-900-1038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
      CE certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

    • Learning Objectives:

      • Understand our mindset about the communities we serve.
      • Learn effective outreach strategies for relationship building.
      • Validate our community engagement work as true partnerships.

      Guest presenter Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctoral Candidate in Cultures, Communities and Education.

      Wednesday, December 12, 2018
      Delhi Community Center
      505 East Central Avenue,
      Santa Ana, CA 92707

      Check-In/Breakfast: 8:30–9 a.m. / Forum: 9–11:30 a.m.

      Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Click HERE to register!

      There is no charge for this forum. Pre-registrationis highly recommended. Space is limited. For information, please call Yesica Allala at 657-900-1302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Please bring your business cards and any information about your organization's programs, services and events to distribute at the forum. We expect 150–200 attendees.

    • This is a unique opportunity for families and caregivers to learn more about resources available to the special needs community. We will have several representatives providing a wealth of information and tips to benefit our special needs friends. There will be fun for the entire family, including refreshments, games, activities, demonstratoins and special guests. Admission is free, no RSVP is necessary. 

      Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
      Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

      Lake Forest Sports Park
      28000 Rancho Parkway
      Lake Forest, CA 92630

      Download the flyer HERE

    • Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

      March 20, 2019
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
      301 W 4th Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92701

      For further information, please email PSO Melissa Ortega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HEREfor the flyer.

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