Success Stories

A woman is currently in a transitional housing program and has an opportunity to become a Registered Nurse, enabling her and her family to escape homelessness and obtain a higher quality of life. The family sought help after experiencing a whirlwind of setbacks that crippled what was previously a strong financial foundation.  They lost their primary source of income and health insurance when her husband was laid off, having been on dialysis for years for kidney failure.  Her mother, an additional source of income, passed away.  The woman has worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).  She was also attending school to become a Registered Nurse (RN).  She is now the sole provider for her family.  Small Angels paid for tuition to complete her RN work and for the additional expenses needed to secure employment immediately as an LVN, thus helping her attain a renewed sense of dignity and help the family gain self-sufficiency. 

A single mom and her two elementary school aged daughters are homeless, having escaped from domestic violence.  She survived significant physical and sexual abuse and is currently working through the trauma she experienced.  She and her children were referred to an Orange County relief shelter.  The mom is in a great deal of pain and has been avoiding dental treatment for years because she is extremely fearful and also knows that she cannot afford the work that she needs completed.  She had been homeless for nearly 3-years and addressing her dental needs will be an important step for her to secure employment and obtain stable housing.  Small Angels paid for her dental work so that she can improve the quality of life for her and her daughters.

An 82-year old retired woman was severely disabled after being hit by a drunk driver.  She became homeless after the apartment complex that she had been living in for 25 years was sold, renovated, and re-listed at a rate she could not afford. Being on a fixed income, she was forced to live in her vehicle.  An Orange County relief agency got her into an apartment, and they provided counseling and food.  She has made incredible strides in improving her life and health since entering the relief agency’s program.  However, she is currently struggling with immense discomfort and difficulty eating due to her need for a partial bridge.  Her dental insurance does not cover bridge work and she does not have the means necessary to pay for this herself.  She has been unable to eat comfortably and has lost a concerning amount of weight.  Small Angels paid for her bridgework to insure her on-going day to day health, overall well-being and quality of life. 

A woman found a fulfilling profession that utilized her skills learned in college and the California National Guard, helping and supporting children.  For the past nine years she has been a one-on-one aid with autistic children at a school district.  The pay is poor, but the job was rewarding in non-financial ways.  During the past year, a pipe broke in the walls of her apartment and the landlord failed to respond.  As toxic mold grew in the walls, she became sick and was forced to move out.  The landlord refused to return her security deposit and she became homeless, living in her car for six months.  Despite this, she worked every day.  An Orange County relief agency helped her find a place to live.  This year she discovered that root canals she had done previously were infected into the bone.  Left unchecked, these infections can cause serious health consequences, including heart disease.  Small Angels paid for the specialized root canal treatment to restore her health and allow her to continue her good work assisting autistic children.

An Orange County family experienced a horrible tragedy two years ago.  The mom and four school-aged children suffered the loss of their father in a traumatic altercation in which he was shot and killed right in front of them.  As a result of that experience, the four children and the mom have been dealing with several social and emotional issues coupled with mounting financial problems that has left them homeless.  Fortunately, they found an Orange County relief agency that is helping them with shelter and food.  The mom wants to find an activity to do with the children to promote further bonding and psychological healing.  The family would like to receive swimming lessons.  Small Angels paid for the swimming lessons for the family and access to the pool for the summer.