The Family Resource Center was first founded in 1996 by Mission Hospital
and other partners. The center recently opened at a new site to serve
the needs of the local community.
South Orange County has the reputation of being affluent — and much
of it is. But that’s not its whole story.
“We know that there are also pockets of great isolation and significantly
low income,” says Christy Cornwall, director of Community Benefit
for Mission Hospital, speaking about the poor who live in this area.
“Because most of our communities are property-managed, the outsides
of homes are beautiful and well kept. But look inside, and you might see
four families living in a two-bedroom condo. Or a family of four in a
10-foot-square room,” she says.
Families who live below the poverty level (a yearly income of $20,420 or
less for a family of three) can struggle with affording a place to live,
finding work, handling stress, getting health insurance — and not
know where to turn for help for these skills and knowledge.
The South Orange County Family Resource Center (SOCFRC) has provided just
this help to the poorest residents for more than 20 years. Now located
in a new, larger building, the staff can help more individuals and families
connect with their communities and build good, stable lives.