First Christian Church of Orange is dedicated to serving others in our local community and throughout the world. We contribute more than 18% of our operating and special funds to outreach causes. This list provides information about each of the outreach organizations we support.
All People’s Christian Center
All People’s Christian Center provides a broad spectrum of social services to all, regardless of faith or race. It empowers the community to meet its needs by promoting equality, unity and respect among all who participate. This organization sponsors the annual Unity Walk in which our church participates every year.
Beverly’s House is sponsored by the YWCA. It is an 18-month transitional housing program for emancipated foster girls, ages 18-21 years. The program teaches the girls job skills and independence through vocational training and support for continuing education.
Court Appointed Special Advocates is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing quality mentoring and advocacy services for abused children who are going through dependency court procedures. CASA provides training, supervision and on-going support to volunteers who work with children in the foster care system.
Chapman University Founder’s Day
The purpose of Founders Day at Chapman University is to promote what the church-related school is all about. It includes worship, choirs, and DOC students sharing their college experiences. Our financial support provides DOC students with scholarship funds.
Disciples Seminary Foundation
The Disciples Seminary Foundation supports DOC and UCC seminary students at degree-granting schools. DSF has three locations on the West Coast. They are located in Claremont, Berkeley, and San Diego. Donations support scholarships for seminary students.
Eastmont Community Center
The Eastmont Community Center serves adults and teens in the East LA area. It teaches ESL, math, citizenship information, computers and workplace literacy. The center also provides summer programs for youth and children.
The Friendly Center
The Friendly Center is a family resource center that offers a variety of programs and services for children, families and senior citizens. Some adult programs offered include: counseling, job placement, parenting, citizenship and foster parenting. Youth programs include: Tiny Tots, tutoring, after school activities and intervention programs. They also offer low income housing assistance, food programs and medical insurance.
Good Samaritan Fund
This is a special fund administered by the pastor of First Christian Church of Orange to assist people in need. The discretionary fund can be used for basic necessities such as food or medicine when no other resources are available. This fund is an extremely important outreach for members of our congregation as well as members of the community.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity builds and sells homes to people who live in substandard housing conditions and cannot afford a decent home. With donations of money and materials, volunteers, along with the families in need, build the houses. First Christian Church of Orange started the Orange County branch of Habitat for Humanity.
Interfaith Council of Central OC
The Interfaith Council of Central OC promotes respect, understanding, and appreciation for other beliefs, cultures and traditions through dialogue, education and activities. The council sponsors the annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast held in May at Chapman University.
Laurel House is a Christian, non-profit shelter supporting teens in crisis and their families by providing temporary housing, and serving their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Mary’s Kitchen feeds lunch to homeless families, Monday through Friday. It also distributes clothing, blankets and toiletries. All work is done by volunteers. First Christian Church of Orange provides financial support as well as food to Mary’s Kitchen.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides a hot meal and a cold sack meal to folks over 60. They can be at any income level, living on their own but unable to prepare their own meals. Occasionally there is room for younger disabled persons. The food is brought directly to homes. Special diets are available.
Orange County Rescue Mission
The Orange County Rescue Mission serves food to the hungry of Orange County. For people ready to change their lives, the mission offers practical help, such as clean clothing, food, shelter, counseling and education. They also have helped families living in motels to restart their lives. They help them to reestablish credit and find jobs or child care. Orange County Rescue Mission is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Project Hope School
Project Hope School provides instruction for homeless children in grades K-8 who live in motels in Orange County.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank is the leading hunger-relief agency of Orange County. It feeds those in need, striving to eliminate hunger throughout the county.
The Sheepfold is a Christian-based organization that provides shelter, refuge and a new beginning for abused women and their children. The shelters are located in well-kept neighborhoods in orange and Riverside Counties and include Bible studies along with counseling for the residents.
Sunday Night Together
The Sunday Night Together ministry serves homeless and hungry individuals in the City of Orange, at the Grand Street Center. First Christian Church of Orange serves every 5th Sunday.
Third World Gifts & Handarts
The hand arts marketed by this organization are produced by thousands of impoverished artisans in the US and developing nations. Founded in 1975, they have served as a year-round, non-profit marketing source for hard-working people. By supporting their self-employment, Third World creates an opportunity for their survival and that of their families.