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Colette's Children's Home, Inc.

 7372 Prince Drive, Suite 106
 Huntington Beach, CA 92647
[P] (714) 596-1380 x 230
[F] (714) 848-1866
[email protected]
William O'Connell
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 91-1939140 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission at Colette's Children's Home (CCH) is to provide homeless single women and homeless mothers with children a safe home and a nurturing environment where they obtain the compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Colette's Children's Home (CCH) is to provide homeless single women and homeless mothers with children a safe home and a nurturing environment where they obtain the compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $2,270,000.00
Projected Revenue $2,320,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Transitional Housing Program

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Mission Statement

Our mission at Colette's Children's Home (CCH) is to provide homeless single women and homeless mothers with children a safe home and a nurturing environment where they obtain the compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

Background Statement

CCH is a California Public Benefit Corporation founded in 1998 to address the needs of homeless women with children and chronically homeless single women in Orange County. CCH has been healing homelessness in the community for 19 years and has provided housing and supportive services to over 4,000 homeless women and children. Our mission at CCH is to provide homeless single women and homeless mothers with children a safe home in a nurturing environment where they obtain the compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.
Our core housing programs include our Emergency Shelter Program which provides shelter and services for up to 30 days, our Transitional Housing Program which provides shelter and supportive services for an average 5 months, our Permanent Housing Placement Program which provides financial assistance and placement services to program graduates, and our Permanent Affordable Housing Program which provides affordable rental units to income qualified tenants.
Our core supportive services include low cost or no cost housing and utilities, intensive case management, life skills classes which address relapse prevention, parenting skills, and job skills, assistance with budgeting and savings, and essential physical needs such as assistance with food, transportation, clothing, household items, personal and infant/children items.

Impact Statement

We are proud to report the following accomplishments for 2017: In 2017, we received requests from 4,733 homeless women and children. We were able to provide housing and supportive services to 543 homeless women and children. 157 (80%) women of the 197 women obtained and/or maintained employment in our program. We helped reunify 25 mothers with 40 children. 267 of the 351 (76%) of the women and children who left the program entered permanent housing.
Our top 3 goals for our most in-demand program, the Transitional Housing Program, are:

·        70% of the women entering the program will find and sustain full time employment. 

·        70% women will graduate from our transitional housing program and obtain permanent housing

·        100% of our clients gain knowledge and skills and develop behaviors to improve their life

Needs Statement

Colette's Children's Home top 5 most pressing needs are as follows:
1. To get our 2nd new Emergency Shelter up and running. 
2. The implementation of a Capital Campaign to further develop our Placentia Hope Project. Future project plans include the acquisition of two additional properties adjacent to existing shelters.
3. Securing the required unrestricted funding needed to meet our government grant financial match obligation.
4. Additional capacity building with emphasis on marketing and fund development to further progress made toward funding diversity.  
5. Assessment of existing programs and new program development based on changing client needs and funding source requirements. 

CEO Statement

CCH is a unique organization.  We serve a very high-risk population, homeless mothers with children. Over 70% of the women we serve have 3 or more concurrent high-risk issues.  We work with homeless mothers who suffer from substance abuse, economic hardship, domestic violence, alcoholism, felony convictions and have no family support.  We also serve parents who have older teenage children.  One of our main challenges is to develop workforce housing where our clients are not merely surviving but thriving. We believe we are making a huge positive impact in our community which we believe will also impact future generations. I would like for you to see the work we do first hand. I would also like to take the opportunity to speak with you and share more of how we are changing our community one person at a time. Please call me anytime at our office 714 596-1380 or my cell phone 714 606-0853. Thank you for caring and I look forward to hearing from you. Billy.

Board Chair Statement

The needs for our services can not be overstated. In 2017, CCH had request from 4,733 homeless women and children but were only able to house and serve 543 homeless women and children.  This is approximately 11% of the requests we received. We are continuously trying to expand our ability to house and serve more homeless women and children.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Monetary donations, in-kind donations and volunteering at holiday events

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County
We provide housing and supportive services to homeless women and children throughout Orange County. Our 16 sites s are located in the cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, and Placentia.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Homeless Shelters
  2. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  3. Housing, Shelter -



Transitional Housing Program

Our most in-demand program, our Transitional Housing Program (THP) is an average 5-month program that provides supportive services to each client. CCH does not base program eligibility and entry on considerations of income, employment, transportation, education, cultural beliefs, criminal record, parole status, or similar factors. The primary requirements are homelessness and testing negative from drug and alcohol at the time of interview. To remain in our program for its full duration, our adult clients must maintain sobriety, follow their individual service plans, and become gainfully employed.


In addition to shelter, we offer an entire wraparound of services to our clients. The staff assist with resource referrals and job search support, and clients have unlimited access to computers at our Job Resource Center to search for job leads. Our goal is for our clients to gain employment within the first 30 days, and then the case manager along with the client establish a budget and savings plan whereby 80% of discretionary income is placed in a savings account to ensure the financial means to continue stability upon program graduation. We support increased self-determination and self-sufficiency through Life Skills class meetings which are held once a week in the evenings. CCH also provides a total support system of housing, utilities, food vouchers, bus passes, clothing, and hygiene products.

Budget  $1,730,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Homeless Females Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The timeline in which these objectives are met vary with each client’s individual situation, but the timeline and benchmarks we set forth are the following:


    • Weekly case management meetings
    • Secure gainful employment within 30-45 days of program entry
    • Save 80% of their discretionary income by their second month in the program
    • Participate weekly in life skills program and drug and alcohol counseling (if applicable)
    • Graduate and be assisted by CCH in obtaining affordable, permanent housing.
Program Long-Term Success 

We measure our success on the achievements of our clients and we evaluate short-term and long-term client focused change. The following are the measurement tools we use to evaluate our clients success while in our program:


·        Increased Knowledge – Learning and enhancements in knowledge.

·        Positive Change - In motivation, perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and self-worth.

·        Increased Skills – Through education, employment, life skills classes.

·        Conditions - Increased security and stability, positive experience gained from our support, maintaining sobriety, securing stable permanent housing, gainful employment.

·        Issue Resolution – Reunification with children, legal matters settled debt reduction.

·        Increased Support System – Through individualized case management, counseling, community services, and the healing of broken relationships with family and friends.

·        Improved Physical, Mental, Emotional Health – Through referrals to health care professionals, follow up, and treatment.

Program Success Monitored By 

Specific measurements that are used to determine the outcome of client’s success are built into our service delivery plan. Our staff closely monitors the success of our clients through the use of our Key Performance Indicators or KPIs: resolution of legal issues, maintaining sobriety, reunification with children, completion of court appointed programs such as drug and perinatal programs, securing gainful employment within 30 days of program entry, achieving monthly goals as outlined in work plan, implementing and following monthly budgeting and savings program, restoration of relationships and emotional support with family and friends, increased parenting skills and relationships with children, and ultimately graduating from transitional housing to stable permanent housing. Our case managers, maintain and update our database which tracks all clients and their improvements. Our Case Managers also act as advocates on behalf of our residents when they need to address legal matters or interact with social service agencies.

Examples of Program Success  In 2015, we had requests from 3,903 homeless women and children seeking shelter and supportive services and were able to house and serve 569 of those requests. In 2015, 172 (71%) women that entered our program obtained and/or maintained employment and 288 of the 394 (73%) women and children who left the program entered permanent housing. We also helped reunify 17 mothers with 30 children.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. William O'Connell
CEO Term Start Nov 1998
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 16
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 16

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms. Pamela Hope
Board Chair Company Affiliation Non-Profit Consultant
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Therese Carachio Children's Hospital Orange County Voting
Mr. Kevin Craig Independent Web Designer Voting
Mr. Alex Diaz Frazee Paint Voting
Mr. Jim Heaney H-Wave Voting
Mrs. Patricia Heaney H-Wave Voting
Ms. Pamela Hope Non-Profit Consultant Voting
Mr. William O'Connell Colette's Children's Home Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2017 to Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,320,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,270,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Financial Statements

2013 Financial Statements

2012 Financial Statements

2011 Financial Statements

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $4,034,000 $4,086,080 $2,699,523
Total Expenses $2,764,539 $2,669,566 $2,071,638

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,109,099 $2,153,937 $1,011,105
Government Contributions $1,445,472 $1,417,327 $1,216,140
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,445,472 $1,417,327 $1,216,140
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $5,000 $7,500 $58,613
Earned Revenue $261,706 $273,424 $189,425
Investment Income, Net of Losses $353 $81 $101
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $221,120 $208,589 $207,473
Revenue In-Kind $770,970 $386,791 $200,243
Other $-65,378 $-129,247 $-101,307

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $2,529,580 $2,426,852 $1,806,378
Administration Expense $226,735 $207,344 $240,159
Fundraising Expense $8,224 $35,370 $25,101
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.46 1.53 1.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 91% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $17,100,460 $14,479,579 $12,659,215
Current Assets $1,641,891 $1,278,737 $1,250,974
Long-Term Liabilities $10,766,414 $9,566,947 $9,152,496
Current Liabilities $384,074 $232,121 $242,722
Total Net Assets $5,949,972 $4,680,511 $3,263,997

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.27 5.51 5.15

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 63% 66% 72%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 


Other Documents

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