The city of Irvine and the greater Orange County area have many resources available to make our lives easier. Here are a few helpful contacts to get you started. If you don’t find what you need here, you can call the Verano Housing office at 949-824-5964 or call 211 for referrals.
Emergency shelter and long term assistance for battered women and children who are in a dangerous situation due to an abusive relationship. Services include:
- Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living programs, including: safe housing, counseling, legal advocacy, case management and job readiness training for abused women and their children.
- Long-term support to help rebuild lives through our Children and Families Counseling Center.
- Community education for youth grades 6-12 to inspire a new generation to live free of violence.
- Violence prevention training programs for business, medical and criminal justice professionals to motivate building a safer community.
For more information visit: http://humanoptions.org/.
For Immediate 24 Hour Assistance call: 877-854-3594
Center for Children and Families
Early intervention for men, women, and children who are currently in a relationship where they are being abused but for many reasons do not leave the abuser. Any individual living in Orange County or surrounding area affected by domestic violence may access counseling, legal advocacy services, or participate in education or support groups offered through the Center at any of its locations. If you or someone you know needs help, contact: 949-757-3635.
Crisis Prevention Hotline
24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to any Orange County resident who is or knows of someone experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts and would like to receive immediate, confidential, and culturally and linguistically appropriate over-the-phone assistance. Call 877-727-4747
Things to Do
There are countless things to do in Irvine and its surrounding cities. From the Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum you’re sure to find something fun to do. Here are a few helpful websites with information on local attractions, shopping and more.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Life Threatening Emergencies
- Fire / Ambulance 911
- Paramedics 911
- Poison Control 800-777-6476
- Child Abuse Hotline: 714-938-0505
Mental Health Centers
Pepperdine University Community Counseling Clinic
18111 Von Karman Ave., Suite 401
Irvine, CA 92612
Hours: Open M-F: 9am – 9pm (last appointment at 8pm)
Fee: sliding scale
Initial appointment fee is same as regular fee; first appointment is 2 hours
Catholic Charities, Counseling Center
1800 E. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Contact person: Heather Love
Fee: sliding scale
Newport Community Counseling Center
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721 – 8079
Contact: Linda Belt (Executive Director)
Fee: sliding scale
Food and Nutrition Assistance
CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve health and nutrition of families with low incomes. CalFresh can stretch food dollars, allowing families and individuals to buy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and other healthy foods. http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG847.htm
FaCT Family Resource Centers
Family-friendly community-based sites that offer a comprehensive array of social and health services to families. Family Resource Centers are considered a “One Stop Shop,” which provides services and support systems that build on family strengths. The services provided are offered in partnership with private and public agencies working together to enhance each family’s capacity to become self-sufficient. Visit http://factoc.org/ or call (949) 364-0500.
Typical Family Resource Center Programs:
- Counseling / Mental Health Services
- Advocacy Services
- Domestic Violence Programs
- Parent Involvement and Education
- Case Management Services
- Information and Referral Services
- Health Access Programs
- Crisis Intervention
- Food and Clothing Assistance
- Home Visitation Programs
- After School Programs
- ESL Classes
Information and short-term support to individuals, couples and families living or working in Irvine who need assistance identifying and accessing needed services and resources. Their focus is on supporting the well-being of community members. Visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/seek-assistance/families-crisis or call (949) 724-6650.
Department of Motor Vehicles
DMV registers vehicles in California and licenses their drivers. There are 3 local DMV offices to serve you. It is STRONGLY recommended that you make an appointment prior to going to the DMV. Visit http://www.dmv.ca.gov/ or call 800-777-0133 for more information.
- Costa Mesa Office: 650 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Laguna Hills Office: 23535 Moulton Parkway. Laguna Hills, CA 92653
- Santa Ana Office: 1330 E. 1st St. Santa Ana, CA 92701
Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)
Your go-to place for public transportation. Under the University Pass Program, UCI faculty, staff and students are able to purchase a University Pass card for a membership fee. This pass is good for unlimited regular service on OCTA buses throughout the county. For more information visit http://www.parking.uci.edu/AT/modes/OCTA.cfm.
Irvine Transportation Center
Provides a variety of transportation options including access to various OCTA routes, Greyhound buses and Amtrak and Metrolink trains. It is located at: 15215 Barranca in the Irvine Spectrum. For more information, please contact:
Regional Transportation Information
You can quickly find free information on traffic, trains, buses, carpools, vanpools, bicycling and even local weather. With Southern California 511, you can plan your bus or train trip, find a carpool partner or find out the traffic speed on your local freeway. Go to: www.go511.com or call 5-1-1 from any landline or cell phone in Orange, Los Angeles or Ventura counties.
Bike paths criss-cross about 1,000 miles of Orange County and can take you from Santa Ana to San Juan Capistrano, from Brea to the beach…just about anywhere you want to go. For a map to help you navigate and plan for your trip: http://www.octa.net/Bike/Overview/.