Colette's Children's Home (Huntington Beach, CA)


  • Name:William O'Connell
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Colette's Children's Home
  • Address:7372 Prince Dr.
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:714-596-1380
  • Main fax:714-848-1866

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  • Mission:
  • 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. Our values are compassion for those in need, commitment to each other and those we serve, confidentiality to maintain anonymity and dignity, physical and emotional safety to protect our women and children, dedication to service, agency integrity, and program excellence. CCH understands the complicated factors that can lead to poverty and homelessness and we work to help women overcome these conditions so that they can find and sustain affordable, permanent housing. Therefore, in addition to shelter, we offer an entire wraparound of services, which target both women and their children, providing skills and knowledge to overcome the factors that can lead to homelessness.

  • Overview:
  • Currently Colette's Children's Home operates 15 emergency shelters, transitional shelters, and permanent housing sites in Orange County in the cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Anaheim, and Placentia.

    Our core housing programs include our Emergency Shelter Program which provides shelter and supportive service for up to 30 days, our Transitional Housing Program which provides shelter and supportive services for an average 3-6 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 target population is homeless single women and homeless mothers with children throughout Orange County. Last year we served a highly impoverished population of children and mothers who met or fell below the Federal poverty Level. Children are our largest population in need with 59% of our clients being children ages 0-17. The mothers of these children are generally young mothers. 4% of our clients are ages 18-24, 30% are ages 25-44, and 7% are ages 45-64.

    The program envisioned was designed to provide immediate shelter and hope to those who had none, accept women and children who had been turned away from other shelters, and provide an opportunity for positive change in their lives and the lives of their children. Our focus has been to stabilize lives by providing for physical needs, and then provide support services to help our clients reclaim a healthy life, both physically and emotionally. Our vision is to provide the critical support necessary for the process of recovery from alcoholism, substance abuse, economic hardship, or domestic violence, any one of which can contribute to homelessness.

    On-site drug and alcohol counseling is a part of our program for the women who have struggled with these issues in the past. We have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol and random drug testing is mandatory. CCH supports the health, education, and social welfare of our clients by providing assistance with enrollment in health insurance, referral to health care professionals, referral to continuing education and training programs, and participation in private and group meetings.

    In 2014 86% of our program participants had three or more concurrent high-risk factors, and 27% had six or more concurrent high-risk factors. High-risk factors are lack of support system, unemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse, prior incarceration, mental health issues, lack of transportation, long term unemployment, and noncompletion of high school.

  • History:
  • Colette's Children's Home was incorporated on November 6, 1998, and since then we have provided housing and supportive services to over 3,300 homeless women and children. CCH began by renting a two-bedroom apartment in the city of Huntington Beach, housing up to 6 homeless women and children each night. From 2006 to current we increased the number of transitional housing properties we own and operate from 3 shelters to 8 shelters; this increased our bed capacity 334%, from 38 beds per night to 165 beds per night, making us one of the largest transitional housing programs in Orange County.

    Our founders’ initial vision was to provide housing and supportive services for homeless women with children and homeless single women who had been turned away from other shelters. We serve a very high-risk population. We continue to champion this vision in our daily operations and thus we have few restrictions on our program requirements. As noted in the 2009 Orange County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, one of the challenges facing the county is “high threshold requirements for admission to emergency and transitional shelters”, as well as 'high demand' requirements after program entry. CCH has always focused on limited requirements for program entry; we require an individual to be experiencing homelessness, and provide a negative drug test at time of interview and that the client is able to work full time. This agency is unique in that we are one of the few shelters in our area that serve women who suffer from substance abuse issues, unemployment, those who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, economic hardship, or women who have other challenges making it difficult to find shelter in traditional housing programs.The two largest subpopulations of women served by our program are those who have experienced domestic violence and those with a history of substance abuse.

    Our Transitional Housing Program is an ongoing program, CCH will continue to strive towards obtaining funding from diversified sources including grants from private foundations and corporations, hosting successful fundraisers, expanding our individual donor base, and developing cost effective permanent housing projects. We have been successful in this endeavor by expanding our foundation and corporate giving from FY 2011 to FY 2014 by 253% and increasing our annual fundraiser support from FY 2012 to FY 2014 by 112%.

    In 2013, we received 3,816 requests and were able to serve 495 women and children. Last year, we had requests from 4,287 homeless women and children, we were able to house and serve 515 of these requests. We also helped 163(73%) of women find and or maintain employment, helped reunite 18 mothers with 38 children, and 259(73%) of the women and children who left the program entered permanent housing. We provided 75,650 total bed nights and enabled the preparation of 226,950 meals.Without the support of our community and foundations like The Lawrence Foundation who share our vision, we would be unable to successfully increase the number of homeless women and children we serve each year.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:15


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:91-1939140

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  • EIN:911939140
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:7372 PRINCE DR STE 106
  • Organization City:HUNTINGTN BCH
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92647-4574
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:L410
  • Asset Amount:$17,100,460
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,413,283
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,034,000
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:04:00 pm

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