Success Stories

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.

A single mom (a victim of domestic violence) and her 3 young children were homeless for 2-years, living in a business complex.  She was given notice to leave the business complex and she and her children were facing the streets.  Through all of this, the mom has been working full time, but was not able to save enough to get an apartment.  With the help from a relief agency, she  was able to find a reasonably priced apartment for her and her children.  However, they lack many necessities, including beds and bedding.  Small Angels paid for beds and bedding, so they won’t have to sleep on the floor.  This will increase her dignity and quality of life, and further their transition from homelessness to a family with a place to call home. 

A single unemployed mother suffers from seizures, which have resulted in several broken teeth and has others that are decayed or missing.  She has frequent headaches as well as jaw and ear pain all caused by abscesses and tooth decay.  Some of the work was covered by Denti-Cal, but the remaining work is not.  She has been receiving services from a local relief agency, including food distribution and homeless prevention counseling. Small Angels paid for her dental work to insure that she is pain-free and able to smile again.