Who We Are
Thank you for your interest in Orangewood Foundation! We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth. Our mission is to prepare foster and community youth to reach their greatest potential. We help almost 2,000 foster and community youth annually prepare for independent adulthood.
Without guidance, encouragement and resources these teens are unprepared to make the transition from foster care to self-sufficient adulthood. Within 18 months 40-50% become homeless and unemployed. Our programs focus on four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. We meet a broad array of needs: from groceries and a hot meal, to transitional housing, to life skills workshops and employment leads, to our innovative Samueli Academy charter high school and scholarships for college and graduate school.
Beyond our programs, for thousands of youth in our community Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.”