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.
Need help or know someone that does? Contact us at (714) 771-5300.
Hope for all ages
Friendly Center responds to the needs of the communities it serves with dynamic Programs and services.
Friendly Center offers more than 20 free programs and services to low-income families through its 6 locations in Orange County. The programs help families overcome many of the barriers they face. Some programs and services include:
Supplemental Food Programs
Mental Health Services
Domestic Violence Intervention
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.
Family Advocacy : how it works
Our Family Advocate meets with the client in person to assess their needs and discover any ongoing issues. Through a series of questions they create a case plan specific to that client's needs with goals in place.
The Family Advocate provides any necessary emergency assistance including food, hygiene items, and clothing. The client is connected to our programs and services or referred out, as needed.
Family Advocates present cases to a collaborative team to ensure all needs are addressed. Family Advocates contact clients on a weekly basis to discuss their progress, offer support, and provide additional referrals.
After a three month period, the Family Advocate re-visits the client's needs. They determine whether the situation has improved, whether goals have been met, or if new needs have surfaced. If needed, new goals are set.
Assistance: a helping hand
Giving a Hand Up, Not a Hand out
A person or family can experience situational poverty when their income and support is decreased due to a specific change – job loss, divorce, unforeseen medical bills, or even death.
A helping hand will allow many of these families to get back on their feet, becoming stable and self-supporting members of their community once again. Since everyone's needs look different, some may need more support than others. Those that are caught in a cycle of generational poverty sometimes need the most support.
People caught in the cycle of generational poverty are focused on surviving and the issue or challenge facing them today. It may be money for food, finding a place to live, dealing with a family member's needs, or unresolved health problems. This is a daily experience; each day presenting itself with another issue, another challenge. The concept of planning doesn't exist, in part because planning is tied to the belief that you have some control of your life. Thus this way of living gets passed on from generation to generation.
The best way to break the cycle is by preventing it in the next generation. This is where education plays a key role. Providing educational support and resources to children and young people gives them the tools to succeed and plan a better life for themselves.
A variety of programs for Different Age Groups
Our free education programs serve toddlers through adults and are designed to meet people where they are in life. Our education programs provide many opportunities for growth and change.
Tiny Tot Kindergarten Readiness
After-school Tutoring K-12
Adult ESL Classes
Self-esteem and Anti-Bullying Groups
Children's Summer Reading Program
Mommy and Me Classes
Community Education Classes
We keep a low tutor-to-student ratio, so students receive the most help and attention possible. If you're interested in being a volunteer after-school tutor, call us at (714) 771-5300.