Children & Families

Helping Homeless Children & Their Families

Sobering Statistics:

In the past 10 years …

  • The number of children living in crowded conditions with multiple adults has doubled.
  • The number of children living in motels has increased 80%.
  • The number of children living in shelters has risen 124%.
  • And the number who are unsheltered (living in cars or on the streets) has risen a staggering 512% (Orange County Community Indicators, 2018).

According to the American Psychological Association, food insecurity (wondering where their next meal will come from) correlates with low scores on measures of health, behavioral functioning and academic performance. Additionally, NPR has also reported that unaddressed trauma and chronic stress are linked to attention, concentration, memory and creativity difficulties.

How We're Changing These Statistics

Illumination Foundation was actually sparked into existence when our Co-Founders, Paul Leon and Paul Cho, observed first-hand the number of children and families sleeping on the floor of an emergency shelter. “It was both appalling and riveting,” says Paul Leon. “I knew I would never be able to sleep in my bed and continue to do nothing with those pictures in my mind.”
That same week, Leon and fellow UCI master’s student Paul Cho went to work. Since that moment, Illumination Foundation continues to actively provide daily services to thousands of homeless and unstably housed children through a variety of short-term and long-term resources.

Step Up


Children’s Resource Center


Carnival for Kids

IF's Response to COVID-19. Click Here for Hotline #

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, In an effort to continue to provide support to the most vulnerable homeless in our community during the COVID-19 health crisis, Illumination Foundation has set up a telephone hotline. Our multi-service center in Stanton will remain open as a resource to those in need on an appointment only basis beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

If you need assistance, please call our hotline number at (714) 507-2459 from 9am to 5pm to speak with one of our staff members. Please know that we have put these procedures in place to keep our staff safe and healthy while continuing to deliver the highest quality of care to our homeless clients.

With Gratitude,

Paul Leon


Please note that our Children's Resource Center, while closed to walk-in traffic, has a staff available to direct you to resources or to answer questions.

Please call (714) 912-2570 for more information and resources.

Thank you,
Illumination Foundation