Best Charitable Organization – Orange County Register

1. Trellis International

711 W. 17th St., Suite E5, Costa Mesa; 949-873-5805;

In June, Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung announced the creation of the city’s homeless data dashboard. The online resource is updated monthly with information about those served, including vocational rehabilitation projects organized through a partnership with Trellis International.

Trellis is a nonprofit, faith-based association located in Costa Mesa. It was originally founded in 2011 and became a non-profit organization in 2013. It focuses on “neighborhood, education, homelessness and prayer”.

“Trellis aims to facilitate city-centric collaboration around practical, relational and spiritual challenges,” says Ian Stevenson, executive director of Trellis International. Stevenson joined Trellis in the fall of 2015. “We mobilize people from many churches, businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhoods to work with the city, school district, and residents throughout the year. After giving birth to “Love Costa Mesa” and reaching every school in Costa Mesa as well as hundreds of homeless people and neighbors in need, Trellis is now working to help several surrounding towns establish collaborative movements similar centered on the city. »

In 2021, Trellis International began looking beyond Costa Mesa. The partnership with municipal leaders in Newport Beach is a recent example. The organization also sought leaders in cities like Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Orange.

Trellis International’s programs include a homeless drop-in center, community impact team, street team, intentional neighborhood network, and community/family engagement events.

—Jenn Tanaka

2. Orange County Goodwill

Multiple locations; 714-795-3130;

Most people know Goodwill through its donation centers and retail stores. Nicole Sudyam, President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, wants the community to know that Goodwill does so much more.

“We are very proud of how we are changing lives through the power of work,” says Nicole Sudyam. “We take a person-centered approach to our mission by matching every person who walks through our doors with a job, internship or opportunity that will help them succeed. We meet each individual where they are and help them connect the dots on their path to greater independence and ultimately sustainable employment. »

The non-profit association celebrates its centenary in 2024. Sudyam has big plans.

“We will expand our retail stores, donation centers and online shopping through with a focus on providing enhanced professional training and career growth for our team members, inside or outside of Goodwill.

3. Work cabinets

2000 E. McFadden Ave., Santa Ana (Donation Center: 17392 Daimler St., Irvine); 714-210-2460;

Since 1990, Working Wardrobes has provided job seekers with the resources needed to secure employment.

“Working Wardrobes was founded on the principle that one person can make a difference and that the power rests with each of us today,” says Bonni Pomush, CEO of Working Wardrobes. “That is, each individual has unique gifts and strengths to contribute to the world, and Working Wardrobes invites all of us to help create lasting change in the lives of people in our community. When we own our power to contribute to the world, the resulting transformations in Working Wardrobes clients reverberate throughout our community, uplifting each of us as well as the collective.

The organization’s Power UP class is designed to help veterans during the transition. Soft skills training sessions offer another avenue for empowering veterans. In 2022, Working Wardrobes won The Vetty award for its work with veteran employment. By 2024, the nonprofit hopes to serve 8,000 job seekers annually.

Virginia S. Braud