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October 2023 -  Funding to Provide Housing and Healthcare for Unhoused Families in Orange County


October, 2023 – SMFT donates to Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, to establish two new family emergency shelters in Orange County. This funding will support the acquisition of residences and the provision of essential services for families experiencing homelessness.

Orange County currently faces an urgent need, with more than 300 families on a waiting list for shelter. In response to this pressing need, the new family emergency shelters will be named the Shah Happiness Home. Each shelter will provide a home for up to eight families, including up to 20 children, at a time and aim to serve approximately 30-40 families each year.

“We are extremely grateful to SMFT for their generous gift and commitment to disrupting the cycle of homelessness,” said Dr. Pooja Bhalla, CEO of Illumination Foundation. “This gift will allow us to expand our integrated housing and healthcare services and reduce family homelessness in Orange County. During their stay here, the families will work towards attaining permanent housing and gaining employment.”

SMFT is dedicated to enhancing the health, education, and overall well-being of the communities we live and work in. We partner with organizations such as Illumination Foundation to make fundamental shifts in the quality of life of individuals.

“SMFT is honored to support Illumination Foundation’s mission, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in making a positive impact on the lives of families experiencing homelessness.” said Mr. Manu Shah, Chief Giving Officer of SMFT. “We appreciate Illumination Foundation's approach of providing supportive services in a home-like environment, and we envision the Shah Happiness Home as a place where families can thrive on their journey to securing permanent housing."

From street to home, Illumination Foundation provides a full continuum of care for the most vulnerable individuals, families, and children experiencing homelessness. Illumination Foundation’s Children and Families Program provides comprehensive, client-centered, trauma-informed supportive services on site, including case management, developmental and behavioral health screenings, behavioral health counseling, medical and behavioral health connections, parenting education, educational support services, and other enrichment programs. All these services work together to provide the structure and continuity to help families move forward toward proactive participation in their own and in their family’s medical care, stability, employment, and permanent housing

About Illumination Foundation
Illumination Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. The organization provides a full continuum of care from street to home, including case management, medical coordination, behavioral health and substance use counseling, and housing navigation to its vulnerable clients in shelters/navigation centers, family emergency shelters, recuperative care/medical respite facilities, and permanent supportive housing.

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