ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Thomas House Family Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the city of Garden Grove that aids and supports homeless families with children by providing rent-free, transitional shelter in 24 safe apartment units with food, supplies, and a full range of supportive services and programs. We ensure that homeless and at-risk families have the potential for long-term sustainability by using the tools and resources provided by Thomas House to make vital decisions and take actions that will allow each family to move forward and have a bright future. 

 
 

TRANSITIONAL SHELTER

OUR MISSION

To provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless and at-risk families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

Over 30-years ago, Mary and Bernie Selz, with one magnanimous thought, changed the lives of hundreds of people in Garden Grove and the surrounding areas. After coming across a young woman and her infant son on the streets holding a homeless sign, their kind hearts immediately lept into action. They accepted the girl and her infant into their home, fed her, and had her call her parents. The next day, they purchased a bus ticket for her back to Oklahoma. A few weeks later, the Selz found themselves aiding another homeless woman and her child, once again, accepting them into their home. 

It was then that the couple knew they had to do something about the increasing number of homeless families in their community. With the help of their generous friends and an agreement with an apartment complex owner, the Selz rented a three-bedroom apartment to house homeless families.

Thomas House Family Shelter was officially founded in 1986. With the support of the City of Garden Grove and the County of Orange, Thomas House became the owner of two entire buildings, with a total of 16 apartment units. 

In 2018-19, we expanded both our shelter capacity (from 16-24 apartments) and our scope of services to better help the growing number of homeless families with children, including expanded our Homeless Prevention Services to help 25 graduate and 50 low-income families at-risk of becoming homeless; added a part-time Career Development Coordinator position to help adults attain increased employment opportunities, and added both Youth Mentoring, Youth Sports, and Enrichment Programs to further help our youth overcome the cycle of poverty and prepare for a successful future.

 

MEET OUR STAFF

 
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Management 

Shakoya Green, Executive Director
        shakoya@thomashouseshelter.org
Delaney Llanusa, Operations Director
        delaney@thomashouseshelter.org
Mark Wolf,  Development Manager
        mark@thomashouseshelter.org
Aileen Capelle,  Marketing Manager
        aileen@thomashouseshelter.org
Laura Flores,  Program Manager
        laura@thomashouseshelter.org

Staff

Lorena Lopez, Case Manager
        lorena@thomashouseshelter.org
Martha Figueroa, Administrative Coordinator
        martha@thomashouseshelter.org
Jaime Arambulo, Academic Coordinator                      jaime@thomashouseshelter.org
Sandra Cruz, Youth Development Specialist
        sandra@thomashouseshelter.org
Marni Evans, Development Coordinator
        marni@thomashouseshelter.org

Board of Directors

Nicholas Celotto
        Deloitte & Touche, LLP 
Sister Louise Ann Micek
        Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
Brenda Burnett
        Coast to Coast Escrow Services, Inc.
Anna Choi
        Cathay Bank 
Brian Cresap
        W.L. Butler
Ana Marie Del Rio
        Steadfast Companies
Veronica Loera
        LifeStyles Counseling & Consulting, Inc.
Emily Webb
        Albert A. Webb Associates
Samantha Haugh     
       
Banc of California

Lynn Nguyen

        Pacific Premier Bank

Kris De La Pena

        Ameriprise Financial

Audrey Satoutah

        Capital Group

Ken Vargha

        Perricone MD

Juan Carlos Velez

        Edwards Lifesciences

Kimberley Walsh

        TJX/HomeGoods Companies

James Do

        Banc of California

Lynne MacVean

       Mammoth Electric, Inc.

 

MEET OUR BOARD

ANNUAL REPORT

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Giving hope,

one family at a time.