Since 1929, WISEPlace has transformed the lives of over 100 unaccompanied women each year by providing safe, affordable transitional housing, 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, create new permanent supportive housing rooms, and also maintain transitional housing beds.
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.
Recently, WISEPlace formed a building partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation, which potentially adds $21 million to nearly $1 million in campaign dollars already raised. This partnership allows for an expanded renovation project and a capital campaign that will permit us to capitalize on the pledge from Jamboree Housing and become the long-term solution for homeless women in Orange County.
Jamboree and WISEPlace are working together 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.
Our expanded vision seeks to raise $3 million to close the funding gap on future permanent housing, provide overhead, and other expenses, to better position WISEPlace to address the growing homeless population in the county and Southern California.
To learn how you can get involved with WISEPlace and our expanded vision, email firstname.lastname@example.org.