Success Stories

A young Orange County man had been incarcerated for most of his adolescent years.  He grew up in a gang infested neighborhood and was a heavy drug user due to trauma in his past, which caused him to do things he now regrets. 

He was either in Juvenile Detention or on probation from ages 13 to 19.  He has now successfully completed his probation and talks about wanting to provide for his family, is looking forward to the future, and is no longer affiliating himself with negative influences.  He is living in a Sober Living House, regularly attends meetings, and has a youth wrap-around team for additional support. 

This great support team is provided by a major relief agency which provides services to help offenders successfully transition from prison to a productive life in the community.  They help rehabilitate adult offenders and steer youth to set new, positive directions for their lives.

This young man is now enrolled in college and needs a computer to complete his course work.  He has many writing assignments. The requirements are stringent for papers to be typed and emailed to the professor.  Most high schools require students to have laptops and participate in an electronic environment.  Colleges, even more so; and with the COVID 19 Virus lockdown with all schools closed, a computer is mandatory to participate in any educational environment.  Small Angels provided this young man with a lap top computer.  This will allow him to compete in college and transition to a productive life in the community.

An elementary school girl is living with her mother and special needs brother in a transitional housing program through a relief agency.  The mom and the siblings were homeless following a situation of abuse by the father followed by neglect and family abandonment.  The abuse directed at the girl was severe enough to require surgery, resulting in her having self-esteem and social integration challenges.  Her elementary school was sponsoring an educational trip to Washington D.C. and New York.  Small Angels helped pay for her to go on the school trip to boost her self-esteem and self-confidence.  The educational trip will facilitate her development of social skills and allow her to build more friendships.

A young mother and her 3 boys are in transitional housing after having been rescued from a domestic violence situation. She has been working hard to obtain self-sufficiency.  She wants to obtain a G.E.D. and then enroll in college courses online.  Having the G.E.D. will make her qualified for more work opportunities.  Small Angels purchased a Laptop for the mom to allow her to complete the G.E.D. online and take online college courses, while caring for her 3 boys.  This will help her gain higher paying employment opportunities along with financial independence, a renewed sense of dignity, and family stability. 

A mother and daughter are living in a transitional shelter for homeless women and children to escape an abusive family relationship.  The mother has found part-time work as a marketing assistant and has gone back to college full-time to complete her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. A computer is a necessary tool for completing the graphic design assignments.  The daughter is in 10th grade at a local charter school that does not supply computers for their students.  Much of the schoolwork is in the form of e-books and online activity.  Mom and daughter get what they can in terms of computer time at local libraries, but they are required to be back at the shelter by the 11PM curfew.  Small Angels paid for laptop computers for mom and daughter to enhance their ability to improve their situation and gain financial independence and stability.

A struggling mother with an 8-year old daughter and little in the way of resources is between jobs and health insurance when she is caught off guard by an advanced cancer diagnosis.  Mom faces one year of aggressive treatment in an uphill battle to hopefully regain her health and needs to stay on her insurance plan, but she has no way to pay for continued health insurance.  Small Angels paid for one year of her COBRA health insurance payments allowing her to focus on her health challenge and her young daughter.