Family Assistance Ministries
Community Presbyterian Church
32202 Del Obispo Street
By Allison Jarrell
Family Assistance Ministries, a San Clemente-based nonprofit working to prevent hunger and homelessness in south Orange County, has added satellite services such as food and clothing distribution in San Juan Capistrano.
FAM celebrated the opening of its San Juan distribution center with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on January 28. The new center, located at the Community Presbyterian Church at 32202 Del Obispo Street, is open to those in need of FAM’s services on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We’ve been helping people in San Juan Capistrano for 16 years out of our San Clemente office, so our strategic vision was to have satellite services there,” said FAM Executive Director Mary Gray Perdue.
Perdue said the nonprofit strives to support the people who come through their doors so they can become self-sufficient. FAM offers an array of services ranging from providing necessities such as food and shelter to offering financial counseling and job coaching.
“We’re honored to help people navigate through their circumstances,” Perdue said. “We don’t tell them what to do; we give them options.”
FAM also provides food, clothing, hygiene products and counseling services through its distribution centers in San Clemente, located at 1030 Calle Negocio, and at San Felipe de Jesus Church in Capistrano Beach. San Clemente distribution days are Monday through Friday and every second Saturday of the month. The Capo Beach site is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on FAM’s services, call 949.492.8477 or visit www.family-assistance.org.