Fluor Partner Profile: Fluor Helps Families Find a Place to Call Home
Jane (who requested that Fluor withhold her full name), a single mom of two boys with autism living in Orange County, California, was going through a challenging time in her life. She was a domestic abuse survivor and didn’t have a job or a stable place to call home. She wanted desperately to provide for her sons and give them the life she always wanted them to have, a life beyond the government assistance she was receiving.
Driven by this desire, Jane returned to school, received a healthcare license and began working at a local hospital. However, with only working part time in the evening and the added expense of therapy for her two sons, she still wasn’t able to gain the stability she sought.
In 2015, her search for affordable housing led her to Families Forward, a non-profit organization in Southern California dedicated to helping families in crisis regain financial stability and self-sufficiency. The organization helped her find affordable housing and support services, such as access to its food pantry, counseling, educational tools and encouragement. Jane now lives in her own apartment, has reliable transportation, maintains a steady job and provides stability for her thriving sons.
Jane’s story is just one of many success stories from Families Forward. According to the Orange County Point-In-Time report, there are nearly 5,000 homeless individuals and families throughout Orange County, with limited shelter options. Fluor recognized this need and has partnered with Families Forward since 2009, contributing more than $115,000 to its Homeless Prevention and Housing Program. The support from Fluor has allowed 33 families to receive housing assistance for four to six months.
Each family in the Housing Program receives services to ensure they become independent when they graduate from the program. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which is the most recent data available, the Housing Program served 203 families. Today, 97 percent of those families remain in permanent housing one year after graduating from the program, and 76 percent have increased or maintained their current income.
Beyond funding, Fluor volunteers distribute food to 900 families during Families Forward’s Thanksgiving food basket distribution, and Fluor Cares contributes to purchase turkeys and other food items for holiday food boxes. For the last four years through our Building Futures program, Fluor and its employees have provided backpacks and school supplies to Families Forward for 450 low-income students. Collection drives are held at both Fluor Southern California locations, and employees have generously donated canned food, diapers and baby wipes to support the needs of the organization’s food pantry.
Fluor’s partnership with Families Forward has grown throughout the years, as the company has increased its assistance to the organization’s programs through volunteerism, in-kind donations and financial contributions.