Our Empowerment Initiative

An Imperative to Empower Families and Individuals to Grow Beyond Their Vulnerabilities and End Dependency

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The Solutions for Change model works, and we aim to prove it!

With the growing number of homeless nationwide, it has become clear that the current government-led model is sadly failing the most vulnerable people in our society and local areas today.

Over the last two decades, we have found that the key to successfully transforming lives is EMPOWERMENT. During the last 20 years, Solutions for Change has helped transform the lives of thousands of people, their family members,  as well as their communities. After one year of participating in our program, residents report a tripling of income and a fifty percent decrease in government assistance (review our report here). And, in only 6 years, Solutions for Change contributed to a  decrease of nearly 70 percent in crime and reports of crime in our local community (read our related report here). Due to these major, pivotal successes, in 2013, all five mayors in North County San Diego adopted the Solutions for Change Transformational Housing Model for solving family homelessness in their cities. Since then, we have had the opportunity to expand and bring greater healing in Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Carlsbad.

We KNOW our model is the solution to the nation’s biggest problem – homelessness. You can be  a part of helping us prove the power of this transformational movement!

Initiative Goal

Our goal is to empower 1000 of North County’s most vulnerable and dependent people from users of the public good to thriving contributors to that good. In doing so it is our intent to prove our results through a rigorous third-party evaluation so that we can share our model across the country.

We know that through empowering these families with our program and resources, we help set them free from reliance on public assistance. By providing the opportunity to learn the necessary life skills and tools of self-sufficiency, we motivate individuals to be responsible for their recovery.  This  creates a powerful sense of purpose and wellbeing that’s often passed on to their children, ending the legacy of dependence and poverty!

Solutions’ Success Stories

We have countless firsthand stories from individuals whose lives have been transformed in our program — our Solutions for Change graduates.

“I am grateful to be clean and sober. To be able to be a mom to my children, to be a wife, to be a daughter, sister and loving person. I have fully become all of this because I had so many people believe in me. Thank you, Solutions, for all you gave my family. We are forever grateful.” – Graduate

“Stable housing is just the beginning of what Solutions has to offer. This program has taught me so much about myself and my codependency. I have learned a lot about establishing healthy boundaries…about finances, parenting, and about servant leadership and emotional intelligence.”- Graduate

“SFC provides a platform for you to succeed in life. Nothing in life is free. We all must work for what we want and with that hard work comes respect. Respect from your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and most important respect from your kids.” – Graduate

“I am grateful for what Solutions for Change has given me. I wasn’t just given a home. I was given an opportunity to grow as a person and become a better woman, human, mother, daughter, friend, and Solutions Alumni.” – Graduate

“With an eviction, a very low credit score, and no down payment, Solutions did what nobody else could do, and they took us in.” – Graduate

Solutions Empowerment App

Our mobile app allows you to connect one-on-one with Solutions for Change and its vision of changing the way we think and act on poverty and homelessness.

Once inside the Solutions Empowerment app, not only will you be able to find volunteer opportunities, you’ll also be able to:

  • Access information about our state-of-the-art aquaponics farm, Solutions Farms.
  • Connect with other caring community members who have joined the initiative, just like you!
  • Get discounts on our preferred network of local restaurants and businesses.
  • Gain access to our curated “Empowerment Media” section.
  • Find donation opportunities straight from the app.
  • AND, learn about the launch of our NEW Solutions for Life business, which will offer 100% organic, live and tasty fresh juices, as well as other healthy lifestyle solutions, for you and your whole family!

Change lives with Solutions for Change.

From nightly meals and daily childcare, to special events and holidays, we need help serving our families! We could always use a helping hand to actively participate in our events.

If you’d like to donate your time to our cause, we are happy to have you, and we couldn’t do it without you!



We welcome any amount of financial help from our community. Your donations help us make these changes happen!

Would you like to be a part of our empowerment initiative, and help our community be the best it can be?


Awards and Accolades