What We Do
Orangewood built the Orangewood Children’s Home (now known as Orangewood Children and Family Center) and deeded it back to Orange County Social Services Agency to own and operate in 1981. The Foundation continues to support the shelter with volunteers, special activities for the children, and funding for occasional special projects.
Our newest program – The Lighthouse: Our newest residential program helps survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County return to a healthy and productive life. The program, called The Lighthouse, is staffed by Orangewood employees with experience and training in working with these victims, who understand the population and can offer them specialized and individualized support.
The Foundation provides housing referrals and assistance, plus transitional housing through our three Rising Tide program sites. Among youth who visit our resource center, 55% indicated that they had been homeless or experienced unstable housing in the past six months. During the last year, we:
- Provided transitional housing (18-24 months) in the Rising Tide apartments and house to 50 former foster youth, including 9 mothers and their 14 children.
- Provided case management to Rising Tide residents, especially in the area of financial literacy and financial responsibility. During the year 26 residents reduced their debt.
- Assisted another 68 youth in finding housing or improving their housing situation.