Category : Homeless & Crisis Assistance : Families Forward
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Organization Number: 33-0086043
Organization Name: Families Forward
Address: 9221 Irvine Boulevard
City: Irvine
State / Province: CA
Zip / Post Code: 92618
Country: United States
Phone: 1-949-552-2727 Ext: 228
Fax: 1-949-552-2731
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Detailed Description: Families Forward is an Irvine-based nonprofit organization founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members who shared the same vision of providing housing for families in crisis. The agency began with only five apartment units and one part-time counselor. Over the years, Families Forward has grown and expanded almost unrecognizably. We now provide a broad range of services that include a food pantry, transitional housing, career counseling, rent and utilities assistance, clinical counseling, life skills training, and a formalized collaborative with other community agencies.

Families Forward has three major programs and four complementary services that may be used concurrently within the programs if necessary.

The most intensive among all Families Forward programs, the Homeless Intervention Program uses a methodology of decentralized, service-enriched housing to reduce recidivism among homeless families. Designed to empower participants and foster self-reliance, the program follows a two-prong approach involving the immediate relocation of families into safe housing and the provision of individualized support services. While families are in the program, they reside in one of fourteen transitional homes for up to one year and receive counseling and case management services to resolve issues of depression, child care, medical care, food assistance, low self-esteem, unemployment and various other obstacles to self-sufficiency. Critical life skills education such as budgeting and saving, debt reduction, parenting or stress management is also provided.

Intending to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, the Homeless Prevention Program targets families who are severely at-risk of becoming homeless and assists them in making long-term, lasting life changes to become truly self-sufficient. Families within this program receive counseling and case management services for up to six months in order to stabilize their crisis and avoid losing their home. By the end of the program, clients will no longer be at-risk and are capable of adapting and dealing with the circumstances that may put them at-risk again.

Families Forward recognizes that one agency cannot be all things to all people, but with the Community Partners Program, our philosophy of comprehensive care does not have to be compromised. The program involves a collaborative between Families Forward and over fifty local community agencies. Some partner agencies provide their services on-site at our Family Program Center, while others continue to serve in their own facilities through referrals. Partner services include legal aid, medical care, prenatal care, child abuse prevention programs, school readiness programs, language translation assistance, and more. The goal of this program is to address family issues holistically, in one convenient area for families who have limited transportation. The collaborative effort also prevents duplication of services.

There are two experienced Career Counselors on staff that provide assistance with skills and career assessment, job research, soft-skills training, resumes, interview skills, basic technological literacy, and job coaching.

A 3,085 square feet warehouse stores groceries, toiletries, and baby products for families in need of food assistance. Approximately 160,000 pounds of food is distributed to hungry families.

REACH For Success
REACH is an educational workshop series that equips participants with important life skills knowledge and tools. There are three series annually, with six workshops in each series. Workshops topics vary depending on the speaker.

Similar to the adult REACH, this workshop series targets youth and teens to further break the cycle of poverty by addressing their unique needs. There are two series annual, with three workshops in each series.


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