The Cassano-Sulsona Family

Richard, Christine, and their children, Anthony, Jessica, and Nicholas, had been living in an Irvine townhome for over a year. In June 2011, Richard and Christine were surprised when they were told they had three weeks to pack all their belongings and leave. Unable to pay for another apartment, the family was in a hopeless situation. They began staying on camp grounds whenever possible. In other instances, the family had no other option than to stay in their car. Throughout their time camping, Richard worked full time.

After almost five months of camping, with the winter approaching, the family was referred to IF by another agency. Within the first week in the program, the children’s behavior and performance in school improved dramatically. Richard and Christine were able to find 32 hours per week of free childcare for Nicholas, and Christine was able to find a full time job as a certified nursing assistant. With Christine’s new income, the family could afford an apartment. In less than two months after entering the program, IF, along with Christine and Richard’s family members and friends, helped pay for the deposit, and the family moved into their own two-bedroom apartment in Ladera Ranch just in time to spend Christmas in their new home.