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THE WOMAN ON THE STREET

EMERGENCY SHELTERS NEED OUR HELP. HERE’S WHERE TO DONATE.

By KIMBERLY PORRAZZO, 
Editor, Orange County Catholic     2/16/2017

The three big back-to-back storms we had recently got me thinking. As I turned out the lights and crawled into bed one night, the sound of the rain pelting my bedroom window made me pull the covers up a little higher and burrow more deeply into the pillows. It also made me think about the homeless woman I spotted earlier that day on El Toro Road, pushing her shopping cart filled with blankets and other personal items. Where was she tonight, I wondered, as the torrential rains that were pummeling Orange County continued.

As I drifted off, I pondered what circumstances in her life may have led her to this point, and then counted my blessings that I had a warm bed, a soft pillow and a roof over my head. I said a quick prayer for her as well as those volunteers who work so hard each day to provide a place of respite at night for those who have none.

Recently, in fact, thousands volunteered their time to quantify the homeless population in Orange County as part of the biennial “point-in-time” count that will determine how much money the region may receive to provide relief and support services.

The next morning, as the relentless rain continued, I looked at the emergency support systems in O.C. for the homeless. There are many and they provide services for a range of circumstances: for teens in crisis, for victims of domestic violence, for pregnant women in need and for those struggling with substance abuse. Some offer transitional services and some provide emergency shelters for those who need help tonight, like the woman I saw in my community.

As Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa, said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” In that spirit, I offer a list of emergency shelters all over OC that can use your support now.

Pope Francis has urged us to continue to live the lessons from the Year of Mercy. Here is a place to start.

shelterlistings.org/county/ca-orange-county.html

 

Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter

Costa Mesa • 949-631-7213

Homeless Shelter, Transitional Housing

ocinterfaithshelter.org/

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Salvation Army Shelter Santa Ana – Hospitality House

Santa Ana • 714-542-9576

Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing for men

salvationarmy-socal.org/southern-california/hospitality_houses

Salvation Army Hospitality House Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach • 714-841-0150

Emergency shelter

salvationarmy-socal.org/southern-california/hospitality_houses  

 

Thomas House Temporary Shelter

Garden Grove • 714-647-7534

Garden Grove Homeless Shelter

thomashouseshelter.org

 

First Southern Baptist Church
Emergency Shelter

Buena Park • 714-522-7201

Emergency shelter for 1 night for homeless single adults and families

shelterlistings.org/details/36364/

 

Mercy House – Fullerton Armory

Fullerton • 714-836-7188

Orange County Cold Weather Armory Emergency Shelter program

mercyhouse.net/programs/emergency-shelters/

 

Lauras House Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch • 949-361-3775

Emergency Shelter for women and children

laurashouse.org

 

Orange County Rescue Mission –
Men’s New Life And Emergency
Shelter (for Men)

Tustin • 714-247-4300

rescuemission.org

 

Our Father’s Table

San Juan Capistrano • 949-324-0908

Emergency homeless support

ourfatherstableus.org/

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