About Us

Who is Friendly Center?

Our History

Friendly Center began in 1924 by a men’s community bible study to help local farm workers. Today, Friendly Center has expanded to help thousands of families each year to keep their children safe, stable, and secure. Our vision is to bring an end to poverty in the unseen parts of Orange County.

Hope for all ages

Friendly Center responds to the needs of the communities it serves with dynamic programs and services. More than 20 free programs and services are offered to low-income families through its locations in Orange County. The programs help support families in different situations to develop long-term solutions.

Our Mission

Friendly Center is a comprehensive family and community resource center dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults, and seniors by helping them move toward self-sufficiency through immediate aid and a variety of educational and life skill programs.

OUR CORE AREAS

Our services can be divided into three core areas: Family Support, Education, and Food Programs.
Within each area exist our wrap-around services which allow families to receive help from a holistic point of view, providing a balanced support system.

Family Support

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    Our family support programs provide the emotional support families need when facing difficulties. This can include counseling, domestic violence intervention, parenting classes, and case management. By surrounding families with support, they can find the emotional stability and confidence they need to move forward with their lives.

Food Programs

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    Food is a basic necessity that can be a burden for those struggling. By helping families supplement their income with food, they don’t have to choose between paying a an electric bill or putting food on the table. Our food distributions occur throughout the week at each site. This can include produce, dry goods, bread, and dairy, that is picked up from local stores or delivered to the centers.

Education

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    Our education programs include after-school tutoring, kindergarten readiness, and Adult ESL classes. By providing academic support, we can empower individuals to better their lives. The after-school tutoring also provides a safe environment with necessary academic tools. Students often come from homes where things like computers, books, or even paper are unavailable.

Serving communities for over 90 years.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2017

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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

At the core of what we do is our Family Advocacy program. It is designed to connect families with our staff on a personal level, making sure families receive the right help and uncover the root issue at hand. Most of all, we want people to feel supported as they move forward towards positive change in their lives.
  • After-school Tutoring (K-12)
  • Counseling
  • Family Support Services
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Job Development
  • Parenting Classes
  • Food Programs
  • ESL Adult Classes
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Foster, Adoptive, Relative Care Giver Support
  • Community Resources
  • Holiday Events