A Safety Net is a critical component of the community because it serves uninsured and low-income individuals. A portion of the Pacific Life Foundation’s annual budget is directed to agencies that support and strengthen the safety net in Orange County. In 2011, the Pacific Life Foundation provided grants to the following agencies to help those in need.
Collaborative Nonprofit Capacity Building Program/Orange County Funders Roundtable
Since 2008, the Foundation has provided multi-year grants totaling over $1.2 million to the collaborative, which also includes seven local funders. Through their efforts funding has been given to nine health and human service agencies with multi-year grants to support their capacity-building needs (e.g., positions, equipment). These agencies include: 2-1-1 Orange County; AccessOC; AIDS Services Foundation Orange County; American Red Cross Orange County; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Healthy Smiles for Kids Orange County; Mercy House; MOMS Orange County; and Second Harvest Food Bank
With an estimated 21,000 homeless people in Orange County and only 3,400 shelter beds, thousands of adults and children do not have a safe place to sleep at night. The Pacific Life Foundation has a long history of supporting a wide variety of local shelters and homeless services in Orange County.
Over the past four years, it has funded the Illumination Foundation, a grassroots program that addresses the homeless crisis in Orange County. The Illumination Foundation’s efforts include placing homeless families in stabilized housing and offering wraparound programs with community partners (e.g., case management, medical services, behavioral health counseling, financial literacy, tutoring, and life skills classes) to help families begin working toward a life of independence.
Orange County Homeless Family Winter Transitional Program
The National Guard Armories in Santa Ana, California and Fullerton, California are opened during the winter months as cold-weather homeless shelters for up to 300 people each night. As armories are an unsafe environment for children, two successful programs have recently been implemented that provide families with alternative temporary housing and other important services.
One program serves families with children under five years of age and is funded by Orange County Children and Families Commission. The other program, funded by the Pacific Life Foundation and other local funders, is for families with children ages six to eighteen. When homeless families go to the armories seeking shelter, they are immediately diverted to the Illumination Foundation for long-term temporary housing and wraparound supportive services. Since 2010, the Pacific Life Foundation has provided $300,000 in funding for this unique program.
OneWorld Community Health Centers
OneWorld is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to the most vulnerable residents in the city of Omaha and the surrounding region. In 2013, the Pacific Life Foundation provided a $50,000 grant towards OneWorld's multi-million dollar campaign to create a primary care, healthcare, and affordable housing campus in downtown Omaha for low-income residents. The project will bring healthcare to an additional 35,000 people within five years, who might otherwise go without care.