Since 1929, WISEPlace has transformed the lives of hundreds of unaccompanied women each year by providing safe, transitional and emergency shelter with wrap-around services such as case management and counseling, along with healthy meals, financial-empowerment curriculum, and employment assistance. We have helped women move from homelessness and hopelessness to a path towards personal stability.
In 2017, we announced the most extensive Capital Campaign in our 90-year history: a $5 million endeavor to modernize our aging facility and create 30 new permanent supportive housing rooms. Thanks to longtime WISEPlace supporters, recent contributors, and the nonprofit community, we have raised nearly $1 million that allows us to continue services for these women, keep them protected, and off the street.
Heading into a new decade, WISEPlace is taking a giant leap forward that will enable us to address the growing homeless population of unaccompanied women. In October 2019, WISEPlace formed a building partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation on a $25 million campaign, which allows for a transformative renovation project to become the long-term solution for the homeless in Orange County.
Together, Jamboree and WISEPlace are working to design and complete an expanded and thoroughly modernized and compliant renovation of WISEPlace’s current 26,030-square-foot facility in Santa Ana. The new facility will include 52-units of fully furnished permanent supportive housing, a fully operational kitchen with dining hall, financial empowerment learning labs, dedicated wraparound service areas with private counseling and case management spaces, and a welcoming outdoor area complete with community gardens and space for domestic pets. All while still offering the same trusted programs and support for women in need of transitional shelter.