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Family Assistance Ministries is a faith-based charitable non-profit organization assisting those in need in Orange County with resources for food, shelter, and personalized supportive counsel and aid, helping clients bridge the gap from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Family Assistance Ministries
1030 Calle Negocio
San Clemente, CA 92673



  • Over 56,506 encounters with children and adults

  • 11,000 unique people were reached

  • Over 46% of those reached are children under 18

  • 15% of people FAM reaches are seniors, a growing vulnerable population

  • 92 homeless mothers and children and single women were sheltered through Gilchrist House, FAM’s interim homeless shelter

  • $78,000 in rental assistance prevented homelessness

  • $47,000 rapidly rehoused homeless off the streets

  • $29,000 in transportation assistance enabled clients to make it to Drs. appointments, job interviews, work, and provided car repairs and registration

  • $21,000 helped keep lights, gas and water on to avoid shut-off of utilities

  • $43,000 helped San Clemente Seniors remain or become stably housed

  • 480 students received back-to-school supplies, helping to begin the school year equipped to learn

  • 2,759 Thanksgiving meals were provided to hungry people

  • 900 children were adopted for Christmas by our amazing donors

  • 545 children met Santa Claus, received 2 toys and a new pair of shoes

  • 781,199 pounds of food redistributed

  • 150 weekly volunteers provided 12,225 hours of service

  • $2 million in food, personal care items, and clothing were redistributed to people in need

  • All clients meet with a case manager to create a working budget in order to begin making the tough decisions needed to regain self-sufficiency

  • All cash aid is paid directly to service providers



Who We Serve

  • FAM serves individuals and families in need in Orange County, California.

Healthy Food Choices

  • Client choice

  • Fresh, frozen, canned, boxed and bagged food

  • Street food packs

  • Second Saturdays - USDA food distribution (2nd Saturday of each month)

  • Senior Commodities program

Case Management

  • Case Management (required of all new clients and clients seeking financial assistance)

  • Budget and Credit Coaching

  • Job Search Coaching

  • Health and Human Services Referrals

Homeless Services

  • Mail service

  • Coordinated entry intake

  • Rapid Rehousing

  • Interim transitional housing

  • Referrals to permanent supportive housing

  • Thanksgiving community meal

  • Referrals to homeless court

  • Personal care and hygiene kits

  • Food

  • Clothing

  • El Niño relief items

  • Health and Human Services referrals

Living Assistance

  • Rapid rehousing

  • Rental/motel assistance (paid directly to landlord/motel)

  • Transportation assistance (bus passes, gas vouchers and car repairs)

  • Financial assistance (bills paid directly to provider)

  • Medical/Rx bill assistance (paid directly to provider)

  • Utilities assistance (paid directly to utility company)

  • Diapers, formula and baby care items

  • Free clothing boutique

  • Toiletry packs

  • RX discount card

  • Personal care and hygiene supplies

  • Holiday gifts and food baskets

  • Tax preparation (offered by volunteer income tax assistance)

Gilchrist House

  • Interim/transitional shelter

  • Safe shelter for homeless women and homeless mothers with children.

  • One-on-one case management

  • One-on-one job search coaching

  • Financial counseling

  • Life skills training offered

FAMily House

  • Safe shelter for homeless families with children 0-5 years of age

  • Case management

  • Linkages to health home for children

  • Early childhood screening

  • One-on-one job search coaching

  • Financial counseling

  • Life skills training

  • Transportation assistance

  • Alcohol and drug free environment

Mary Gray Perdue
Executive Director

Marc Marger
Director of Operations

Avarelle Silver-Westrick
Keller Williams OC Coastal Realty

Dick Veale
Sales Executive

Bob Grant
Robert B. Grant, CPA
Principal & Certified Public Accountant


Andrew Donchak
Anamark Capital
President & Investment Banker


Julie Puentes
Hospital Association of So.CA
Vice President/Retired


C. Kirk Steele
Nationwide Insurance
Former CEO/Retired

Members of the Board

Phil Bodem
Meritage Homes
President, So. CA Division

John Buckles
Ventura Foods
Exec. Vice President Sales & Marketing

Patrick Griffin
Doctor of Optometry

France Helfer
Tinykicks Inc.
CEO & President

Wyn Holmes
N. Woods Construction Co. Inc.
Real Estate Investor

Rev. Jim King

Michele Palma Koschel
UC Irvine
Senior Director of Development

Larry Leisenring
DBA LPL Financial
Financial Consultant

William Maxwell
Maxwell & Company CPAs, Inc.
President & CEO, Certified Public Accountant

Carolyn McOwen
Presbyterian Pastor
Honorably Retired

Fred Meyer
Health Care Consultant
Former CEO - Health Care

Joseph O'Connor
O'Connor Mortuaries
Founder & CEO

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