Monthly Newsletter
Updates from November 2017
A monthly newsletter summarizing the efforts of the Network for Homeless Solutions, a collaboration comprised of city staff, volunteers, community churches and nonprofit and private organizations to address homelessness in Costa Mesa.
Outreach facilitates a job connection
Steven, a local college student had been experiencing some difficulty. He came to the Lighthouse Outreach to complete an intake.

He had been out of work and actively seeking employment. Outreach had just spoken with a manager of a local apartment complex earlier in the day who had expressed a need for care workers.

Steven was notified of the possible opportunity and he left Lighthouse and went straight to the apartment complex to fill out an application.

Two hours later, he called Outreach and happily reported the apartment complex offered him a position as soon as the position was ready to be filled.

Steven was very pleased and said, "finally a light at the end of a very long dark tunnel."
Young man returns home
A man showed up at a local church after coming to California for a job that never materialized. 

The church assisted him in contacting his father.

His father asked to be reunited with him and the church purchased a ticket and dropped him off at the train station so that he could be reunited with his family in Pleasant Hill, CA.
November Housing actions
November Linkages
Linkage Transportation
Linkage Medical
Linkages Mental Health
Linkages Field Support
Linkages Social Services
Linkages Housing
Linkages Collaborative Case Management
Linkages Job Connection
Linkage Documentation
Contacts made by Code Enforcement in November
Code Enforcement Highlights 
  • There were four business/resident meetings which Code Enforcement and the Police Department attended regarding defensible space planning on private properties.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

 Recently Code Enforcement Officer Mike Brumbaugh visited local business properties to offer suggestions for possible deterrents for trespassing and loitering.

Suggestions included landscape and lighting ideas. Many of the suggestions offered come from a strategy referred to as crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED).

CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts.

The following are before/after photos of two examples of suggested deterrents :
Before: Bushes are used as a camping spot
After: Bushes removed and signage is installed
Before: Open trash enclosure with people camping behind boxes
After: Trash enclosure fenced off on all sides, including the top
Introducing Second Chance Orange County
Second Chance Orange County (SCOC) is a non-profit charity that assists low-income adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction adjust back into society through free job skills training, interview skills, one-on-one coaching, mentoring and job placement.

To ensure success they customize the best plan and consider a variety of factors. What really differentiates SCOC is they go out and find their clients the “right” job. There are over 37 volunteers currently helping to get clients a job. They make cold calls and knock on doors if it means finding their clients the job they believe will increase their client’s odds of staying sober and returning to a life of success.
Deb Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of SCOC earned her undergraduate degree in marketing from California State University, Fullerton. She worked as an executive at a Fortune 100 firm, owned and ran a successful bank-consulting firm for over 15 years, and was an elected City Council Member in Orange County.

Even after all of her success, in 2015 she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Non-Profit Management from Columbia University.

“Everyone deserves a second chance!" said Deb. " I started this non-profit because I saw a huge gap in services, and instead of complaining about it, I decided to fix it. Families, at times were wasting their money on rehab and their kids, and family members were not staying sober. SCOC picks up a necessary piece of the pie that was severely missing in the community.”
5 Reasons Second Chance Orange County is providing valuable services:
1. Lower Drug Overdose Deaths. In the last 12 years, deaths from recreational drug-overdoses have increased by 61% in Orange County alone.
2. Lower Drug and Alcohol Hospitalizations. There were 5,481 drug and alcohol-related hospitalizations in Orange County in 2015 alone.
3. In the past 30 days, Second Chance Orange County has received 10 new client referrals , and this number keeps growing. We do not want to turn anyone away that deserves our assistance.
4. Since its founding in 2016, Second Chance Orange County has helped 30 individuals take vital steps towards establishing fulfilling, meaningful and sober lives while walking away from addiction, homelessness and crime.
5. Since September 2017, Second Chance Orange County has established strong partnerships with other service and homeless providers. Because of their referrals, SCOC is busier than ever. All donations go directly to client services, SCOC is an all volunteer organization. 

Second Chance Orange County success story

Two years ago, Carol was attending an Orange County university when her financial aid ran out. Unable to afford the price of school, she found herself on the street.

She started using drugs in an attempt to manage the trauma of her circumstances, and soon became addicted. Desperately seeking to get off the streets, Carol was referred to a county homeless shelter.

With the help of several agencies, Carol began taking the bus and shuttles around the entire county searching for work without success. During this time, she also managed to get sober on her own, a remarkable accomplishment considering her situation.

Six months later Carol was facing the likelihood that she would be discharged from the homeless shelter, still without any job prospects. With a December deadline looming, she feared she would soon be living back on the streets.

That's when she was put in touch with Second Chance Orange County. Within a single day of signing the contract, Carol was scheduled for an interview with an employer and offered a position, which she accepted.

Thanks to Second Chance Orange County Carol is working hard to rebuild herself. On Nov. 28, 2017 Carol started a job at a local restaurant. Taking one step at a time, Carol hopes to return and finish college and constructively contribute to her community.

“I have never seen an individual try so hard to utilize the services of so many nonprofit agencies and not get the help she desperately needs. There was no way I was not going to help her. All she needed was a little extra push.”- Deb Johnson Executive Director of Second Chance Orange County

To reach Second Chance Orange County:
(714) 922-0070

Orange County Behavioral Health
Outreach and Engagement Linkages and Services
  • 99 total contacts made with new and existing clients
  • 12 referrals made to mental health services 
  • 7 referrals made to medical services 
  • 6 referrals made to substance abuse services 
  • 13 referrals made to social services 
  • 3 referral made to job resources 
  • 2 referral made to legal services
  • 3 referrals made to permanent housing
  • 6 referrals made to temporary housing
  • 2 referrals made to transitional housing
Orange County Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) 
  • 32 total hours of service 
  • 13 contacts made with private residents
  • 13 contact made with homeless residents 
  • 3 hospitalized
  • 6 legal holds
Volunteers needed at The Check in Center
The Check in Center is a storage facility for our neighbors who are homeless to keep their belongings in a safe and secure place. This allows clients to go on job interviews, as well as medical and social services appointments. Our homeless friends are also relieved of the physical burden of carrying all their belongings on their back or alternatively stashing everything in the parks and neighborhoods.

Volunteers at the CIC typically help clients retrieve and store their items through checking client bins in and out according to special procedures. In addition, there's time to get to know the clients better, especially those who are regulars.

All volunteers are partnered with an experienced lead volunteer to give direction and guidance .

New volunteers will also receive a folder containing Oath For Compassionate Service, Professional Boundaries and Handling Conflict and CIC  Pointers for working with the homeless to aid in understanding proper and effective methods of dealing with the complicated issue of homelessness.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 shifts per month in order to develop collective relationship-building , a key factor in ending homelessness.

The CIC is located at the lowest level of the parking structure at the Crossing Church 2115 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa.

Hours of Operations             
Mon-Fri   6:00-7:30 a.m.        
Mon-Thur  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sat       7:00-10:00 a.m.
Fri-Sat    6:30-7:30 p.m.    
On Sundays, it is closed .
Contact: Robert Morse  or call 949-205-3583
Trellis Community Impact Team Update
Mentors are needed!

Trellis Community Impact Team – Saturdays at 11:30 a.m,
Trellis Volunteer Highlights
The Crossing Church
  • Saturday Morning L.O.T.S. (Life on the Streets) Showers, Laundry & Breakfast 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. 10 -15 volunteers from 16 churches serve at L.O.T.S. each week for approximately 170 hours per month. For further information, contact
Costa Mesa Street Team
  • The Street Team is looking for evening and weekend volunteers to assist helping those on the streets of Costa Mesa. If this interests you, please call or text (949) 466-0355
Bus Pick-Up Locations:
Pickup is at 6 p.m. at Flower and Civic Center near 6 th Street, Santa Ana and again at 6:15p.m. at 1901 W. Walnut, Santa Ana.
Bus pick-up locations:
Pickup is at 6 p.m. at the 200 block of E. Santa Fe Ave (south side of the street between S. Pomona and N. Lemon St.)
Additional Information:
  • No weapons, drugs, or alcohol will be permitted in or around the shelter
  • Clients are required to have their photos taken upon intake
  • Services include a warm meal, a sleeping mat and blanket and the opportunity to shower
  • All clients must exit the shelter at 6 a.m. each morning