STEP UP for Illumination Foundation

S.T.E.P. U.P.
Summer-Time Educational Program for Utmost Progress!

Cesar’s Story

Cesar lives with his family in a densely populated apartment complex, adjacent to the Children’s Resource Center, where two or even three families live in a single apartment. Although Cesar expressed a deep desire to join our program, he was placed on a waitlist for several months due to the lack of funding. It was clear to our team that our program would be incredibly beneficial for Cesar. Although he’s only a child, Cesar takes on a lot of responsibilities at home because both of his parents work and his older brother has an intellectual disability.
As a result of the donations raised last summer, Cesar was able to attend our summer program. Since joining our center, he has consistently expressed his gratitude. After attending each field trip during the summer program, Cesar would graciously thank staff and state that without our program he would have never had opportunities to go to places like Knotts Berry Farm or the Orange County Fair.
Thanks to people like you, Cesar is now a part of our year-round programming where our dedicated and supportive staff is eager to work with him. He now receives tutoring and homework assistance five days a week, along with a healthy meal. Cesar is attending counseling to help him better process his heightened stress. Although he has only been a part of the program for a short period of time, his progress is remarkable. Cesar and the CRC staff have seen a significant improvement in his behavior.
In Cesar’s words, “I am learning to be kind to others and to not be too rough with them.
We can’t wait to see the incredible things Cesar accomplishes in the coming years.

*Personal details have been altered for children’s privacy.

Many people have a wonderful image of summer as a carefree time when “kids can be kids.”
Unfortunately, during this time many children in low income and at-risk families fall behind without access to basic needs such as healthy meals, adult supervision, and educational opportunities. Can you help us bridge the gap? Together we can make a real, lasting impact for our community’s most vulnerable kids.

STEP UP Children’s Fund 2019

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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