Nearly six years ago, leaders of the nonprofit organization HomeAid – which helps build and renovate homeless shelters – developed a strategy to open a year-round emergency housing facility in Orange County to help support homeless children and their families. This Family CareCenter would not only give the families a place to stay, it would also provide the help necessary to get them back on their feet.
HomeAid created a $5 million capital campaign to get the Family CareCenter off the ground. Then they put out a call for funding. Pacific Life Foundation answered with a $1 million gift.
The Family Care Center officially opened with a ribbon cutting and dedication on July 20, 2017. To audible gasps and applause, Chairman, President and CEO Jim Morris presented HomeAid Orange County with a check and passed along some goodwill. “Pacific Life is in the life insurance business,” Morris said at the dedication, “and just as a payment from a life insurance policy to a family who has just lost its breadwinner provides stability, so we hope this FamilyCare Center provides stability to families in need.”
Scott Larson, executive director of HomeAid Orange County, said the organization couldn’t be more grateful for Pacific Life’s decision to get involved. “We know that it means great things to come because of our existing relationship and what the Family CareCenter will mean to Pacific Life and their employees,” he said. “This is a direct result of their investment with HomeAid, but more importantly their investment in the community.”
Watch a video about HomeAid OC's mission and the opening ceremony below.