Pathways of Hope Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help Solve Homelessness

Day 1 Families Fund grants $98.5 million to 32 nonprofits assisting families experiencing homelessness

By: Tim Houchen
November 21, 2019 —

FULLERTON, CA – Pathways of Hope, a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending homelessness and hunger in North Orange County, California, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund.

“Pathways of Hope puts the needs of the community members we serve first in all of our work. We deeply appreciate being recognized by the Day 1 Families Fund and chosen for their grant,” said David Gillanders, executive director. “This ringing endorsement is a credit to our team and our community of supporters in North Orange County. We are incredibly thankful for this investment.”

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations moving the needle on family homelessness, will allow Pathways of Hope to embark on a capital campaign designed to find the investments necessary to develop the most critical resource need in the North Orange County community: housing. The Day 1 Families Fund initial investment will primarily be used to catalyze this campaign.

Pathways of Hope is one of 32 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the second annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a broad investment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help solve family homelessness. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $98.5 million in grants this year. The fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and experts who identified and invited organizations to submit grant proposals to support their efforts to address homelessness. This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Bethany House Services, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, Catholic Social Services Alaska, Coburn Place, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Covenant House, Family Gateway, FamilyAid Boston, ForKids, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, HOPE Services Hawaii, HopeWorks, Interim Community Development Association, Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Mary’s Place Seattle, MIFA, Our Family Services, Pathways of Hope, St. Joseph Center, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Stephen’s Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, The Road Home, The Road Home Dane County, The Whole Child, UNITY Of Greater New Orleans, Upward Bound House, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, and YWCA Columbus

“Pathways of Hope is a pillar in our community,” said Jesus Silva, mayor of Fullerton. “The work they perform day in and day out in ending family homelessness is vital to ensure that no child in North Orange County has to sleep outside. The people of Fullerton are very proud of Pathways of Hope and everything they do to accomplish their mission of ending homelessness and hunger by providing the highest-quality services to the folks who need it the most.”

The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside. For more information, visit:

About Pathways of Hope

For 44 years, Pathways of Hope has been dedicated to ending hunger and homelessness in North Orange County, California. The nonprofit agency operates a variety of housing programs, including shelters for homeless families and individuals, rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and homelessness prevention and diversion services. Additionally, the organization runs a food distribution and resource center that serves North Orange County residents facing food insecurity. Pathways of Hope also recently launched a new program to serve students facing food insecurity and housing instability at three local college campuses.

Pathways of Hope is committed to expanding North Orange County’s resources for people experiencing homelessness and hunger, with a special focus on creating new opportunities for affordable housing and permanent supportive housing. Within the fabric of Pathways of Hope’s founding and throughout the agency’s history, there is one fundamental belief that has driven the organization’s growth and success: We are always stronger when we work together, and together we can make a life-changing difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

Tim Houchen serves on the Board of Directors for Pathways of Hope since 2019

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