To say Marian Bergeson was a friend to Orangewood Foundation would be an understatement. She served on our Board of Directors for almost 20 years, and she was a founding member of the Samueli Academy Board of Trustees and a visionary in the creation of the school.Learn more
Erica recently graduated from college, an experience she describes as “surreal” - because growing up she never thought college was possible for someone in her circumstances. But Orangewood Foundation knew otherwise...Learn more
Foster youth need our help to make a successful transition to adulthood. For over 34 years, Orangewood resources, guidance and encouragement have helped them thrive and prosper.Learn more
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Erica recently graduated from college, an experience she described as “surreal.” Read about why she never thought she would be able to go to college…Learn More >
The Orangewood Foundation “My Orangewood” program is a great way to celebrate or mark an occasion and support our youth at the same time.Learn More >
Our auxiliaries, 44 Women for Children and PALS, provide the Foundation and the youth we serve with invaluable support.Learn More >
Samueli Academy is our free public charter high school for foster and community youth. Visit the website to learn more about what makes our school so great!Learn More >
I know there are many reasons my life is going so well. But I firmly believe that Orangewood Foundation is one of the key factors in my stability and success.
Orangewood to me is like a family. They are the real home I never had. My life before Orangewood was dark, and full of sadness. Now I have lightness, happiness, a supportive foundation, and most of all, hope.”
While at one point in my life I saw foster care as a nightmare, I now see that it was a turning point which positively altered my future. Without the generous support from Orangewood and the people involved in it, my life would have taken a different path."
“Samueli Academy shined a light on a future I never knew I could have. Thanks to Orangewood, I’m creating my own future now. I couldn’t be more proud to call Samueli Academy my school.”
Orangewood provided stability and security in my life. I am so grateful to have people to turn to when I need help, and to know that if I ask for help there is someone that will make every effort to make sure that I get it."
I came to Orangewood because I heard I could get a toothbrush and some food, but I kept coming back because it was the only place I knew I could get emotional support.”
Orangewood gave me stability, helped me get my life together, and helped me take baby steps towards trusting people again. The staff is made up of genuine, caring people, and the support I have received has meant the world to me.”