Illumination Foundation

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

Orange, CA   |  www.ifhomeless.org

Mission

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness in Orange CountyThe mission of Illumination Foundation is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients in order to break the cycle of homelessness. Our services include housing, medical and mental healthcare, substance abuse intervention, recuperative care, outreach, and childhood enrichment services. These services fill a critical gap in the continuum of care for the homeless with a focus on assisting families into stable housing.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Paul Leon

CFO

Paul Cho

Main address

1091 N. Batavia St.

Orange, CA 92867 USA

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EIN

71-1047686

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Illumination Foundation works to break the cycle of homelessness. Our mission is to treat every homeless and unstably housed individual with dignity and respect. We connect clients to social services with the goal of transitioning them to Permanent Supportive Housing and the road to healing. There are currently 32,000 homeless and unstably housed children living in Orange County. There are anywhere between 1,600 to 1,800 families living in motels, in cars, and in other unstable housing situations. The issue of homelessness is everywhere in Orange County and Illumination Foundation works to address the issue whether it be individuals or families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing

The Illumination
Foundation's Housing Service program connects homeless families with children
to emergency housing, bridge housing, and permanent housing, along with
comprehensive social support services with the goal of placing families in
permanent housing as soon as possible. Utilizing a low-entry threshold and the
Foundation's large inventory of available housing, these support services
ensure that families are able to obtain and retain permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provides trauma-informed mental health and family stabilization services designed to help children and parents heal from trauma, with the goal of disrupting the intergenerational cycle of homelessness. Programming occurs at our Family Emergency Shelters in Orange County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Recuperative care provides homeless patients discharged from hospitals with a place to safely recover and receive integrated medical oversight, intensive case management, behavioral health and substance use services, housing services, and other social services. Without recuperative care, homeless patients find themselves unable to care for their condition or fill prescriptions necessary to maintain their health requiring re-admittance to the hospital, often to the emergency room.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Micro-communities were developed to increase housing stability for chronically homeless individuals who have mental or physical disabilities or require additional support to transition to permanent housing. Illumination Foundation master leases 8 multi-room houses in Central and North Orange County and offers independent leases per room to chronically homeless individuals who have a preference for communal housing. The goal of the program is to provide chronically homeless individuals with stable housing and supportive services such as counseling, benefits acquisition, systems navigation (obtaining essential documents including birth certificate, state ID), interpersonal skills, life skills training, and mental health assistance. The rent clients pay does not exceed more than 30% of their gross income.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Purpose Prize 2019

AARP

Non-Profit of the Year 2018

65th Assembly District

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Housing

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1,682 individuals have been housed in Illumination Foundation programs since July 2018.

Number of homeless clients received recuperative care services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Recuperative Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1,799 clients have received recuperative care services since July 2018

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Illumination Foundation strives to break the cycles of homelessness for our county's most vulnerable families and individuals through wrap-services.

The organization places families and chronically homeless individuals into stable permanent housing as soon as possible and provides comprehensive social services to ensure long-term economic stability, increased access to opportunity, and overall wellness.

Founded in Orange County in 2008, Illumination Foundation has expanded to Los Angeles and Riverside counties. The administrative offices, recuperative care sites, Multi-Service Centers, and Children's Resource Center sites, each serve a distinct function in the organization's strategy to end and prevent the cycle of inter-generational and chronic homelessness.

Since our inception in 2008, Illumination Foundation has spearheaded various pilot programs that have revolutionized homeless services forever. We have developed Street2Home, a safety net system in Orange County that simply works. Street2Home aims to build a health system that will help the most vulnerable homeless individuals achieve improved physical and mental health, prevent illness and injury, overcome addiction, receive socioeconomic support services they need, and break their cycle of homelessness.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We implemented a client feedback program called, "Illuminate Us." This program is designed to simply allow clients to share how we can improve across all areas where they are housed. There is a formal grievance policy and we needed an offshoot that was positive and encouraged clients to provide their feedback, suggestions and new ideas.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Illumination Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Virginia Ripslinger

Lawrence Haynes

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Paul Leon

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Marc Scher

Howard Mirowitz

Ginny Ripslinger

Robert Warren

Mark Costa

Jacqueline DuPont

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/12/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data