About Us

Who is Friendly Center?

Our History

Friendly Center began in 1924 by a men’s bible study to help impoverished local farm workers and their families. In March 1967, Friendly Center officially became a non-profit corporation and would continue to evolve, growing to four family resource centers in three cities that serve thousands every year. Today, Friendly Center remains the oldest non-profit in Orange County to stay true to its founding mission of improving the lives of the impoverished by helping them move toward self-sufficiency. 
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Our Mission

Providing stability, opportunity, and hope to children and families in poverty.

Our Vision

To end the cycle of generational poverty in Orange County.

Hope for all ages

Friendly Center’s services provide wraparound support to meet the various and complex needs of our community. With over 20 free programs, thousands of low-income residents in Orange County come to Friendly Center every year to find immediate assistance and develop long-term goals to ultimately end the cycle of poverty in their own families.

Our Main Pillars

Our programs and services fall under three main pillars: Family Support, Food Support, and Education. Friendly Center’s 20+ wraparound programs offer struggling families the unique opportunity to find resources that combat the various intersecting barriers of poverty while meeting their immediate needs. Food insecurity, joblessness, mental health emergencies, and lack of educational opportunities are often cyclical issues for low-income families – Friendly Center’s multifaceted, holistic approach of providing assistance through a variety of programs effectively helps these families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.

Read more about the programs that make-up these three pillars here.

  • Family Support

    COUNSELING. JOB DEVELOPMENT. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTION.

  • Food Support

    FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. SENIOR FOOD.

  • Education

    AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING. PARENTING CLASSES. FINANCIAL LITERACY. ESL.

Accomplishments in 2018

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