Community Awareness

    • 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.

    • On September 8 at 7:30pm, the Pacific Symphony will perform a concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, active-duty service personnel and first responders at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Country music icon, Lee Greenwood, will be among the various tributes to our nation's heroes. This event is FREE to all veterans, active duty personnel and first responders and up to 3 of their family members.

      “Called "Hail to the Heroes," the concert will host about 1000 veterans, active duty personnel and first responders. The concert itself will feature patriotic music, including the anthems for each branch of the service. One piece will be conducted by 94 year-old Col. Arnald Gabriel, who served as the music director of the Air Force Band, the Air Force Symphony and the Singing Sergeants for more than 30 years. Before that, he was a machine-gunner and landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.”

      Help Bring a Vet! By adding a $25+ donation to your ticket purchase, you can help make it possible for veterans to attend this special tribute.

      FREE Tickets for Military! If YOU are a veteran or active member of the armed forces, we invite you to come as our guest! Please call (714) 755-5799 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to reserve your free tickets. Limit: 4 tickets per family. Additional tickets may be purchased for $20.

      Tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 714-755-5799 or CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. For larger groups, buses may be available. To check into this possibility, please contact the Ticket Office directly.

    • 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.

    • Hoag Mental Health Center presents Together We Prevent Suicide Conference Series to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to reduce stigma. Please join us for a half-day conference that will be tailored for youth (ages 12-17) and their parents/caregivers. The conference will provide attendees with strategies to talk about suicide, mental health, mitigate risk and to learn about self-care activities that benefit the entire family.

      PROGRAM
      REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST: 8 - 8:30 A.M.
      PRESENTATION*: 8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

      Speakers include representatives from:

      • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Orange County (NAMI)
      • Newport Mesa Unified School District
      • Orange County Department of Education, Crisis Response Network (CRN)
      • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

      Resource Fair

      • Various non-profit community organizations with expertise focused on mental health and suicide prevention will be in attendance to provide resources.

      Boxed lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the program. *Spanish translation will be available.

      REGISTRATION

      • Registration is required for attendance. Please contact 949-764-6551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to complete your registration.
      • The attendance of both youth (ages 12-17) and their parent/caregiver is required.
      • There is no cost to attend the conference.
      • Conference is not intended for clinicians. If you are a clinician, please contact Hoag Mental Health Center at 949-764-5647 for information on upcoming professional trainings.
    • The Affordable Housing Clearinghouse invites you to the 2018 Orange County Comunity Reinvestment Act Discussion: “Housing & Healthcare: A Community Development Strategy”

      Join us for a discussion with experts on the impact of housing instability on healthcare. Speakers from the OCC, HUD, The Kennedy Commission and more.

      Ideal attendees include:

      • Financial Institution CRA Officers and CFOs
      • Non-Profits
      • Healthcare Service Providers
      • Funders
      • Affordable Housing Developers

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018
      9:00 AM – Noon
      Registration Begins at 8:30 AM

      Christ Cathedral
      13280 Chapman Avenue
      Garden Grove, CA 92840

      Access the flyer HERE. Register for this event HERE.

    • All veterans, including Saddleback College student vets, active duty personnel, and military family members, are invite to attend and connect with resources that will assist them in achieving their goals!

      Join over 70 veteran serving organizations and agencies to connect with resources and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill. The welcome starts at 10am with complimentary donuts and coffee while free BBQ will be served at 11:30 as well. Connect and succeed!

      Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 at 10:00am

      Saddleback College
      28000 Marguerite Parkway
      Mission Viejo, CA 92692

       

    • 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!

    • Now in its 18th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. This month-long celebration of childhood showcases more than 75 children’s charities that offer support, services and volunteer opportunities to the community, raising awareness of their important work.

      At the same time, Festival of Children® offers children and families free access to 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, skateboard building, wildlife appearances, singing, and more!

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

      Each year 2 million people have been exposed to children’s charities through Festival of Children®, while charities have raised awareness of their work, interacted with families of potential clients, found volunteers, and even discovered donors. Eagerly anticipated in the community every year, Festival of Children® brings the magic of childhood to all of us again.

      Please join us and over 75 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 www.readoc.org. 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!

    • Please accept this invitation to join the 2018 National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7!
      National Night Out (NNO) is a designated evening where communities across America come together to take a stand against crime and drugs while building and maintaining a positive and supportive relationship between the community and its police department.

      Please join the men and women of the Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress Police Departments, in addition to the OC Sheriff’s Department, to reaffirm and develop the relationships we have created between our local police departments, county organizations, and fellow community members.

      This is a FREE MARKETING VENUE for you and your business. It is a positive way to promote yourself, and the services you provide, to our local community. Our NNO focuses primarily on safety and preparedness, therefore, only those organizations that blend into this category will be authorized to sell their various wares.

      All other organizations are welcome to promote their businesses with swag, handouts, games, flyers, certificates, etc., as long as no monetary transactions take place.

      To register for the event, please complete the on-line registration form, click HERE. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, July 31. To download the flyer, please click HERE and FAQs HERE.

      To inspire visits to your booth, we will be utilizing a site map denoting vendor locations. Guests will be encouraged to have each booth place a mark by their respective location on the map before they enter a raffle. Please have a unique signature or small stamp available to mark the maps when presented. Additionally, we are seeking ‘prize’ donations to incentivize guest participation in the raffle.

      Also, the City of Westminster, along with their Police Department, will be holding an event at their Target located at the Westminster Mall on August 7. For additional information, please contact Ellen Lopez, of the Westminster Police Department, at 714 548-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • 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. 

    • VOTERS APPROVE PROPs 1 and 2 INVESTMENTS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VETERANS, WORKING FAMILIES, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MANY MORE CALIFORNIANS.

      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 will continue using the two National Guard armories as temporary homeless shelters during the night for another 90 days, a move deemed necessary to meet a federal judge’s wishes to shelter the people displaced from longtime encampments at the Santa Ana River and Santa Ana’s Civic Center.

      The California Military Department gave its approval earlier this week to the rare request.

      The winter shelter programs at both the Santa Ana and Fullerton armories were scheduled to end Sunday, April 15 with the arrival of warmer weather, as typically happens every year at all 10 armories used as homeless shelters statewide. But county officials asked for another 90 days to continue operating the facilities as a place for homeless people to sleep at night.

      Read the entire article HERE.

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    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Fullerton Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at First Lutheran Church of Fullerton, 215 N Lemon St. Fullerton, CA 92832.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Wednesday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Fullerton Armory beginning at 6:00 pm.
      Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm
      Times and Locations may be subject to change at a moment’s notice.
      Fullerton Pick-Up Locations:
      Pick-Up #1
      The 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave. (southside of the street between S. Pomona Ave and N. Lemon St.)
      Pick Up #2
      Fullerton National Guard Armory, 400 S Brookhurst St. (near the corner of Brookhurst and Valencia)

      Call the ARMORY INFORMATION LINE at: 714-836-7188 ext 170

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from February 7th - 11th.

      For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Clients will be bussed to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

      The Armory Emergency Shelter Program serves adult clients over the age of 18 ONLY. For more info, click HERE.

      DARK NIGHT SCHEDULE
      On Thursday through Sunday, buses will pick up at regular locations and the Santa Ana Armory beginning at 6:00 pm. Doors at the alternate location will open at 7:00 pm.

      Santa Ana Pick-Up Locations

      Pick-Up #1
      Flower & Civic Center
      (Near 6th Street in Santa Ana)
      Pick Up #2
      1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana
      Pick-Up #3
      Santa Ana National Guard Armory 612 E. Warner, Santa An a, CA
      (Near intersection of Wa rner and Main)

    • The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter will be hosted at an alternate location for the Dark Nights occurring from Thursday, December 7th through Sunday, December 10th. For the duration of these Dark Nights, Santa Ana AND Fullerton Clients will be bused to an alternate site located at Wise Place, 1411 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Click here for schedule information and pick-up locations.

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