Families Forward is an Irvine-based nonprofit organization that assists homeless and low-income families. Our mission is to help families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services. Our vision is that no family go without food or shelter in Orange County. Founded in 1984 by a dedicated group of community members, Families Forward began with only five apartment units and one part-time counselor. Since then, we have grown to include 26 homes, a food pantry, program and career counseling, and life skills training. Collaborative partnerships with IUSD, City of Irvine and other local philanthropic organizations dedicated to serving local families and businesses.