“The goal of the foundation is to empower each and instill the confidence to achieve success while mentoring them through the entire process. Most, if not all, of our participants and graduates return to PSSF to give back and support the organization. It is an exceptional program, with lasting support from many other community resources, businesses, sponsors and donors."
“There are few programs that continue to help single mothers. Please help support this nonprofit because they are truly here for their clients..”
Safe, dependable housing is a significant factor in the success of PSS client educations. Project Self Sufficiency assists families in moving from homelessness to permanent housing by finding low-income accommodations and/or paying deposits. For the fiscal year 2015-2016, PSS assisted 9 families (25 people) in securing suitable, safe affordable housing. Currently, 18 families are enjoying low-income or permanent housing negotiated or paid for by PSS. Move-in costs range from $1,500-$3,500. All PSS clients assisted with housing funds this year have maintained their housing and continue to pursue their education.
“This is an outstanding organization; one that my Surf City Rotary Club of Huntington Beach has supported for several years. It has been our pleasure to award our donation to this organization that supports low income, single parents working toward an educational goal to become economically independent. On a scale of one-to-five, PSS is a solid 5.”
“Through their program, I learned to push myself to not just be an average student but an extraordinary student, and to think beyond just one career path but see that my choices are endless and that I am not too old to switch paths..”
PSS graduates typically earn bachelor degrees in teaching, hospitality management, nursing, and other health related fields. Entry level wages in Orange County for a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching, hospitality or nursing are $52k-$84k per year.
The PSS program model is designed to keep clients in school and on track to becoming economically self-sufficient. The PSS Program Coordinator maintains close communication with all clients to strategize and solve barriers to their success. Participants in PSS are required to meet with the Program Coordinator at least twice per year. The Program Coordinator conducts approximately 150 consultations each year with PSS clients to update records, assess family needs, review grades, and oversee academic plans.
PSS has served over 750 families since its beginning. In the last seven years, 300+ clients have experienced college attendance, stable housing and food stability. That’s an impressive 720 adults and children!