A Model of Excellence
Founded in 1970, Share Our Selves (SOS) has grown to become a model nonprofit organization providing the highest quality comprehensive safety net services to the homeless and low-income populations in Orange County, California.
Share Our Selves was established to provide for the most serious concerns of the poor residing in Orange County – food, clothing and emergency financial aid for housing, transportation, prescriptions and children’s needs. In 1984, the mission of SOS expanded to include medical care and in 1987 expanded further to include dental care. The Comprehensive CARE Center opened in 2005 to provide mental health and counseling services. In September of 2010, SOS partnered with El Sol Academy, a charter school in Santa Ana, to open the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is a school-based clinic that provides social services, screening and urgent care to the students and their families. The SOS and PEACE Center Health Clinic, opened in August 2012, In June of 2012, SOS also received designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), completing a two-year strategic plan to increase clinic sustainability and expand the patient population we serve.
For more than 40 years SOS has provided a safety net to those needing emergency assistance. We pride ourselves on our fast response time, quality services, lack of bureaucracy, and caring response to those in crisis.
We believe in personalized care as a means to deliver quality services, improve population health and stability, and reduce costs. Valuing the concept of the right person, the right treatment, at the right time means we see care as predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory.
Share Our Selves emphasizes care of the whole person though our comprehensive services, including medical and dental care, social services, behavioral health and seasonal outreach programs. We offer excellent case management, patient navigation, and solutions for social stressors for low–income and homeless individuals and families in Orange County.
Our Core Values
- We treat others as we would want to be treated.
- We value the contribution of all with whom we serve.
- We respect the right of each person to define their needs and to actively participate in their care.
- We encourage open and honest conversation.
- We serve our community in a way that is compassionate and non-judgmental.
- We listen and respond to the needs of the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
- We humbly serve those in need through a generous and responsible use of resources.
- We adapt and balance programs and resources to meet the social and healthcare needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.
- We strive to provide high and consistent quality in all our services.
- We work to continually improve and measure the quality of our services.
- We foster the continuous growth and development of all who serve at SOS.
- We hold ourselves accountable for the quality of service and adherence to professional standards.
- We work to make the most of the resources given to us.
- We advocate for change in those structures and systems that unjustly affect the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
- We give a voice to the needs of the poor.
- We actively support and encourage those who champion and strive for social justice.
- We seek to preserve mercy as the foundation of justice in our community.
- 4,692 financial aid visits
- 48,090 bags of groceries distributed, with an average of 200 bags a day
- 27,666 clinical service encounters across all three locations
- 2,702 backpacks and school supplies given to children through the Back to School program
- 1,4420 Thanksgiving food bags distributed
- 1,337 families with 4,260 children received gifts and food during our holiday Adopt A Family program