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Influencing Costa Mesa

Ian Stevenson Executive director of trellis Working Together Tackling a cities’ “Greatest Challenges” is not for the faint of heart. Homelessness is a complicated, growing concern for many communities. Investing in our children by helping them learn to read so that they can read to learn is a future defining priority. Churches partnering with local businesses and city teams is …

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Love Costa Mesa

Hundreds of Volunteers will roll up their sleeves LA Times Volunteers will ‘Love Costa Mesa’ through community service event Saturday. Hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves Saturday to show Costa Mesa some love during a new community service event. “Love Costa Mesa” will bring together hundreds of people for projects ranging from painting and cleaning to writing thank-you …

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School Board Election Winners

Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto Newport-Mesa swears in school board Newly elected trustees Ashley Anderson and Michelle Barto took the oath of office for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board Tuesday night along with reelected incumbents Karen Yelsey and Charlene Metoyer. The board then voted for Metoyer to serve as its president for the next year. Anderson …

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On the Verge of Becoming Homeless

Able to help create a bridge On the Verge Last week a family was referred to us that was on the verge of becoming homeless. Both mom & dad are hard workers, but in early December dad had a fall at work and hurt his back and neck. Without his income, the minimal amount they got from disability and the …

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Christmas Intentional Neighbors

Christmas Challenge March 24, 2021Outfit New Homeless ShelterMay 13, 2020Food Insecurity in Orange County RisesMay 12, 2020Supplies to 1,200 FamiliesApril 24, 2020Costa Mesa Food DriveApril 14, 2020Homeward Bound

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Sleeping on a Rainy Night

I became so grateful for all those who have prayed for me over the years Sleeping on a Rainy Night The other night as rain was pouring down, from Midnight – 3:00 a.m. I had the privilege of being a sleep monitor at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene. As people snored, talked in their sleep, groaned in pain … …

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Halloween Intentional Neighbors

Halloween Challenge March 24, 2021Outfit New Homeless ShelterMay 13, 2020Food Insecurity in Orange County RisesMay 12, 2020Supplies to 1,200 FamiliesApril 24, 2020Costa Mesa Food DriveApril 14, 2020Homeward Bound

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Engaging with Homelessness

On April 19, 2018, a panel of experts met to discuss the factors contributing to homelessness and how we, as a community can engage to effect positive change.

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Apartment Fire

This family, with nowhere to go, had begun sleeping in their car Apartment Fire Last year, right before Thanksgiving, a heartbreaking apartment fire that affected a family of 5 came to our attention. This family, with nowhere to go, had begun sleeping in their car. Trellis was able to invite them to a Thanksgiving meal at Newport Mesa Church and …

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Homeless Veteran

Getting him housing was a large collaborative effort Homeless Veteran A veteran who was on the streets for fifteen years was finally placed into housing. The man has PTSD not just from his military days but do to childhood up bringing. He lived in a very dysfunctional family and has a lot of emotional scars he deals with daily. He …