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Guided by both our corporate mission and core values, Steadfast Companies is a loyal advocate of numerous community outreach organizations that provide a diverse range of housing and social services to the children and families residing in the communities we do business.

To learn more about Steadfast Companies’ community outreach programs and some of the organizations we support, please click on the links below:


In response to the overwhelming needs of parents and families, Jim Burns founded HomeWord in 1985. HomeWord is a Christian organization designed to provide assistance to adults worldwide as they help young people make wise decisions and lead positive, vibrant, Christian lifestyles. Multiplication and Leverage: While absolutely committed to young people, HomeWord equips parents, grandparents and youth leaders; those who daily reach out to kids. By equipping adults, and leveraging those adults to reach kids, HomeWord reaches more young people more cost effectively.



Steadfast is also a supporter of the Isaiah House in Santa Ana, CA.  Isaiah House of the Orange County Catholic Worker has served poor people with dignity since 1987. Located in Santa Ana’s eastside barrio on Cypress Street, this house of hospitality is open to people in need. Respectful personal attention is at the heart of our service.

Isaiah House offers formal meals for the homeless, shelter, bags of food and clothing, showers, emergency assistance, a relaxing backyard, and always a friendly ear and kind words of support.



Steadfast is also a supporter of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation and their Rising Tide program.  Orangewood Children’s Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

In a unique effort that is proving to be a model for nationwide replication, Orangewood Children’s Foundation has partnered with a group of concerned business leaders to implement the innovative Rising Tide Communities, a holistic program that provides a complete range of independent living services. Orangewood Children’s Foundation currently utilizes two residential apartment complexes for this program, Flanders Pointe in Tustin and Orange Tree in Garden Grove. A number of apartments in each complex are set aside from the general public for use by the youth. An on-site community coordinator provides structured guidance, advice and counseling on a variety of topics and plays a critical role in crisis intervention.



Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities.  Our goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active.



Steadfast is also a supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.  The primary work of the Food Bank is acquiring and distributing donated and surplus food. Food sources include local grocery stores and supermarket chains, food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, trade shows, harvesting efforts, food drives, the government, and private individuals.



Thomas House was founded in 1986 by a group of Orange County residents who were members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. This passionate group was led by founders Bernie and Mary Selz. Read more about Bernie and Mary and a more detailed account of our history below.

The mission of Thomas House is to provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.

Thomas House does much more than shelter homeless families- they offer an opportunity to permanently change lives.  Thomas House is a goal oriented, life changing program that offers comprehensive services designed to help families attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Last year Over 95% of residents graduated from the program, 89% moved into their own home and 81% got Full-time employment!

Thomas House exclusively serves homeless families with children, and the parents must be  willing and qualified to work. Thomas House supports approximately 135-150 individuals per year.  



Steadfast is also a supporter of the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope.  The Village of Hope, a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children, opened in March 2008 with the arrival of 30 men from the Rescue Mission’s shelter in Santa Ana. The Children’s Dream Center, a 6,000 square foot center located on the Village campus, was completed three months later in July and the Rescue Mission began admitting single homeless women with children and intact families.

The Village of Hope serves homeless single men, single women, single women with children, single men with children, and two parent families. The largest homeless sub-population on the Village of Hope campus is single women with children.



Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.



AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACCESS (AHA)

Affordable Housing Access (AHA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1999. AHA is dedicated to creating and preserving quality affordable housing for low-and moderate-income families, individuals and seniors. AHA and its developer partners have acquired or rehabilitated more than 20,000 affordable housing apartments and homes throughout the West.

STEADFAST EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE FUND (EAF)

The Steadfast Employee Assistance Fund (“EAF”) is a charitable account funded by Steadfast employees for Steadfast employees. Any employee of Steadfast Companies experiencing financial hardship is eligible for financial assistance, subject to certain application procedures.


In response to the overwhelming needs of parents and families, Jim Burns founded HomeWord in 1985. HomeWord is a Christian organization designed to provide assistance to adults worldwide as they help young people make wise decisions and lead positive, vibrant, Christian lifestyles. Multiplication and Leverage: While absolutely committed to young people, HomeWord equips parents, grandparents and youth leaders; those who daily reach out to kids. By equipping adults, and leveraging those adults to reach kids, HomeWord reaches more young people more cost effectively.

Steadfast is also a supporter of the Isaiah House in Santa Ana, CA.  Isaiah House of the Orange County Catholic Worker has served poor people with dignity since 1987. Located in Santa Ana’s eastside barrio on Cypress Street, this house of hospitality is open to people in need. Respectful personal attention is at the heart of our service.

Isaiah House offers formal meals for the homeless, shelter, bags of food and clothing, showers, emergency assistance, a relaxing backyard, and always a friendly ear and kind words of support.

Steadfast is also a supporter of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation and their Rising Tide program.  Orangewood Children’s Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

In a unique effort that is proving to be a model for nationwide replication, Orangewood Children’s Foundation has partnered with a group of concerned business leaders to implement the innovative Rising Tide Communities, a holistic program that provides a complete range of independent living services. Orangewood Children’s Foundation currently utilizes two residential apartment complexes for this program, Flanders Pointe in Tustin and Orange Tree in Garden Grove. A number of apartments in each complex are set aside from the general public for use by the youth. An on-site community coordinator provides structured guidance, advice and counseling on a variety of topics and plays a critical role in crisis intervention.

Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities.  Our goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active.

Steadfast is also a supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.  The primary work of the Food Bank is acquiring and distributing donated and surplus food. Food sources include local grocery stores and supermarket chains, food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, trade shows, harvesting efforts, food drives, the government, and private individuals.

Thomas House was founded in 1986 by a group of Orange County residents who were members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. This passionate group was led by founders Bernie and Mary Selz. Read more about Bernie and Mary and a more detailed account of our history below.

The mission of Thomas House is to provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.

Thomas House does much more than shelter homeless families- they offer an opportunity to permanently change lives.  Thomas House is a goal oriented, life changing program that offers comprehensive services designed to help families attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Last year Over 95% of residents graduated from the program, 89% moved into their own home and 81% got Full-time employment!

Thomas House exclusively serves homeless families with children, and the parents must be  willing and qualified to work. Thomas House supports approximately 135-150 individuals per year.  

Steadfast is also a supporter of the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope.  The Village of Hope, a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children, opened in March 2008 with the arrival of 30 men from the Rescue Mission’s shelter in Santa Ana. The Children’s Dream Center, a 6,000 square foot center located on the Village campus, was completed three months later in July and the Rescue Mission began admitting single homeless women with children and intact families.

The Village of Hope serves homeless single men, single women, single women with children, single men with children, and two parent families. The largest homeless sub-population on the Village of Hope campus is single women with children.

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACCESS (AHA)

Affordable Housing Access (AHA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1999. AHA is dedicated to creating and preserving quality affordable housing for low-and moderate-income families, individuals and seniors. AHA and its developer partners have acquired or rehabilitated more than 20,000 affordable housing apartments and homes throughout the West.

STEADFAST EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE FUND (EAF)

The Steadfast Employee Assistance Fund (“EAF”) is a charitable account funded by Steadfast employees for Steadfast employees. Any employee of Steadfast Companies experiencing financial hardship is eligible for financial assistance, subject to certain application procedures.

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