Engage With Homelessness
People experiencing homelessness is on the rise in our nation, state and city. As complex an issue as it is, as frustrating as we all may me with legislation, laws and the challenges that come with this issue, we must engage in a productive, strategic, collective manner in order to see progress and peoples’ lives impacted. Trellis facilitates various ways to engage.
Serving Opportunities
Ways to Engage
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The Check-In Center

Location: The Crossing Church

Help out at The Check-In Center, a place that, after agreeing to certain standards and rules, local individuals who are experiencing homelessness can check in their belongings each weekday morning, and check them out each evening.

Four to five volunteers are needed for each shift.

Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri, 6:00 – 7:30 am
Saturday, 7:00 – 10:00 am

Mon-Thur, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Fri-Sat, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Life on the Streets (L.O.T.S.)

Location: The Crossing Church

People who are without homes come to enjoy breakfast, take showers, and use laundry facilities every Saturday at The Crossing, one of Trellis’ church partners.

Volunteers can serve weekly, monthly, or every other week in various ways.

Saturday mornings, 7:30-11:30 am

L.O.T.S. Community Impact Team

Location: The Crossing Church (warehouse room)

The L.O.T.S. Community Impact Team gives people who are experiencing homelessness the opportunity to get back into the workforce by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities and a chance to give back to the community.

The Team meeting is Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the teams actually do their volunteer work on Thursdays.

Volunteers can plug in on either day to help make this program work helping in a huge variety of ways to support people who are really striving to move forward. Contact Chris Cuthill at ccuthill@rockharbor.org

The Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene

Location: The Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene

Daily opportunities such as Bible studies with Pastor Phil Eyskens, meals, computer classes, winter/rain support, and food/clothing distribution to people currently without homes.

Weekly Dinner

Location: Costa Mesa Church of Christ

Help serve dinner alongside Pastor John Begin on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Mentor Training

Location: Costa Mesa Downtown Neighborhood Center

Join Pastor Bill Nelson of Fresh Beginnings, who has been working with those experiencing homelessness for 25 years, providing mentor training for anyone wanting to learn how to walk well with the homeless, with the goal of empowering, not rescuing.

Street Team

The Street Team exists to meet the relational, spiritual and physical needs of the broken-hearted living and working on the streets.

Please join us Tuesday nights 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Church of Christ in Costa Mesa.

To join us please contact:
Crystal Clark

Community Impact Team

The Community Impact Team is a transitional work program that works with people experiencing homelessness in Costa Mesa. Team members have been vetted through our weekly program, are insured and are accountable with a manager. They work in teams for mutual accountability, to learn more about teamwork and the relational dynamics needed to get back to work.

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Serving the homeless community with my family has shifted our perspective. The relationships we have built are lifelong.
Eric - Volunteer

Initiative Leader
John Begin

A Follower and Believer of Christ whose desire is to Love God and Love others. Seeking to be His hands, Feet and Voice and to be a servant in a broken world.

You may contact John at john@wearetrellis.com