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Who is Share Our Selves?

Share Our Selves is a nationally recognized health center and is a model in providing excellent care and resources for our patients. Our comprehensive services include emergency funds, food, clothing, medical care, dental care, behavior health and case management to low income and homeless residents of Orange County, California. We provide these services with the help of over 400 volunteers.

How many people are served each year?

In fiscal year 2015-2016, Share Our Selves provided the following services:

  • Clinical Services Encounters – 46,027
  • Financial Aid Visits – 6,848
  • Groceries – 58,237 bags of food distributed, with an average of 230 bags per day
  • Back to School – over 4,300 children received backpacks and school supplies
  • Thanksgiving – 1,350 Thanksgiving food bags were distributed
  • Adopt A Family – 1,514 families with 4,665 children received gifts and food

Who does Share Our Selves serve?

Share Our Selves serves

  • Orange County residents
  • Those living at or near the poverty level
  • The uninsured
  • The working poor
  • Families
  • Homeless individuals and families

What is the safety net?

The safety net describes the coordination of programs for individuals and families that are:

  • At–risk
  • Marginalized
  • Low–income and/or homeless
  • Uninsured or underinsured with limited or no access to care

How long has Share Our Selves been in operation?

Share Our Selves was founded in 1970 by a group of concerned individuals, primarily members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa.

What is Share Our Selves's annual operating budget?

The SOS operating budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $22,385,670.

How many employees work for Share Our Selves?

Approximately 140 employees.

How is my donation dollar spent?

Of every dollar, $.84 goes to direct program services, and $.16 to administration, fundraising, and other non-program services.

Click here to view our Annual Reports.

Form 990s
Audit Documents

How does SOS stock the Food Pantry?

Food is purchased and donated by many area stores and restaurants (see list) and is delivered daily. Other food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, is purchased from local food banks and produce merchants and delivered three times per week.

What kind of health services does Share Our Selves provide?

SOS provides comprehensive medical and dental services to people of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Please go to our services page for more information.

What is the relationship between Share Our Selves and Hoag Hospital?

The relationship between SOS and Hoag Hospital makes an incredible system of care available to both SOS and Hoag patients. This is a tremendous statement of caring and belief in the importance of access to care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Clinic-hospital partnerships are not unusual; however, the level of cooperation and collaboration between SOS and Hoag is unique.

The model Hoag and SOS provides is a pillar of excellence for good communities. It increases efficiencies, reduces the use of the ER reducing costs and opening access for true emergencies, protects public health, and improves opportunities for working individuals without insurance to receive primary care and control chronic disease. The partnership helps build a better community.

What is the Adopt A Family program?

The SOS Adopt A Family program matches families that have been selected by local schools to donors who provide holiday gifts and food. The donors bring their items to the Orange County Fair & Event Center and the representatives from the schools pick up the items and distribute them to the families. Click here to learn how you can help.

How can I volunteer?

There is a way for everyone to be involved at SOS! Individuals 14 years or older are eligible to volunteer onsite. Families with young children, or youth groups are encourage to participate in our fun offsite projects. For information on how you can help, contact Julie Neja, Volunteer Services Manager, at 949.270.2113 or jneja@shareourselves.org.

Who are Share Our Selves community partners?

SOS is proud to partner with an outstanding group of local heath care providers, safety net organizations and universities. Click here for a complete list of our community partners.

How does SOS educate, train and prepare our future providers of safety net services?

Students at many area schools are currently fulfilling course requirements by volunteering at SOS. Additionally, staff members are involved with planning groups and fellowship programs. Click here to view the SOS University Chart.