Community involvement plays a critical role in addressing homeless in Costa Mesa. Whether you are interested in donating time, in-kind items or other assistance, every bit counts and no amount of generosity is too large or small.
The list below features a few organizations that you can contact directly. If you prefer to offer other services not listed below or have ideas on how you can help, contact the Network for Homeless Solutions at (714) 754-4977.
Fresh Beginnings and Mentorship Training
Fresh Beginnings offers care and counseling services to both the homeless and at-risk for homelessness population. It also provides basic needs such as food, clothing, and access to local shelters, and education in job interview skills, basic computer skill training and life support training for volunteers. For further information on the Fresh Beginnings, contact Pastor Bill Nelson by visiting www.freshbeginningsministries.com.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a ministry which concentrates on relieving the misery of the poor. To become active in the local St. Vincent de Paul societies please contact Anne Kelly at St. Joaquim Church at (949) 574-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit St. John the Baptist Church at 1015 Baker Street, Costa Mesa.
Trellis, Check-in Center and L.O.T.S Community Impact Team
Trellis (formerly known as One Church for Our City with the Churches Consortium as its homeless arm) is a faith-based organization focused on mobilizing people in the churches to work together to help resolve Costa Mesa’s challenges. Trellis engages people into areas dealing with education, cultural integration, and homelessness. In specifically addressing homelessness, Trellis has helped organize a storage facility for the short-term safe keeping of personal items belonging to homeless individuals. Volunteers run the center and offer camaraderie to local homeless residents. Trellis also helps people from the churches connect with Fresh Beginnings' mentor training program, so they can learn to walk alongside Costa Mesa homeless friends and connect them to services. Trellis is also working to organize a program called the L.O.T.S. Community Impact Team, designed as a “work first” program that helps homeless individuals reenter the work world through volunteering and making a positive impact in the community. To get involved, please contact Ian Stevenson at (949) 422-5331 or visit www.wearetrellis.com.