How We Help
When a woman arrives at the Coalition, we provide stabilization by immediately meeting her most basic needs. She will have a safe place to stay and nutritious meals to eat, which alleviates two major crises.
During weekly appointments, case managers help women address their needs and establish goals. They serve as a crucial support system, providing genuine empathy and respect for those seeking assistance. Case managers possess in-depth knowledge of available resources and proven expertise in guiding clients to stability and self-sufficiency.
Whether helping a woman establish a budget or assisting her in finding low-income housing, case managers are a direct lifeline for clients, helping them overcome their crisis of homelessness.
Through our on-site partner Aspire Health Partners, specialized case management and support for victims of crime is available, as well as other mental health services.
Our Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA, Program offers counseling and support groups at both the Center for Women and Families (CWF) and the Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC). The WRCC also manages a 24-hour information and resource phone-line and has 12 beds available for emergencies.
The Orange County Public Schools LifeStrides Program is located on our main campus in the Center for Women and Families (CWF). The program links housing-compromised adults with 60 different technical programs in Orange County. Since students are classified as homeless, they receive tuition waivers, as well as vouchers for GED classes, lab fees, and textbooks. The LifeStrides classroom serves not only our clients, but other homeless adults in our community.
Introduced in 2009, our First Steps Substance Abuse Recovery Program for Women is a 12-step program that helps women recover from their addictions while living at the Coalition. The Program includes a partnership with Specialized Treatment, Education & Prevention Services, Inc. (STEPS), on-site Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and a Women’s Empowerment Group.
Women in the First Steps Program also participate in educational and vocational training, and they are encouraged to create a budget and savings account in preparation for attaining housing.