SPIN Names 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Hopkins

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to congratulate SPIN’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year, Stephanie Hopkins, director of Christian Service at Mater Dei High School.

For over 12 years, she has gone above and beyond to come alongside SPIN in support of our community, including frequently bringing students to volunteer for SPIN. From hosting school food drives and hygiene drives, to adopting families for the holidays, to weekly sack meal preparation and distribution, SPIN can count on Stephanie and the Mater Dei students to provide much-needed items and assistance for homeless individuals and families in Orange County.

Stephanie is a model of what it means to give back, and countless homeless families have benefitted from her commitment to serving our community. We are thrilled to name her our 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Thank you, Stephanie!

Homeless Families Count Census Reveals 189 O.C. Families Struggling with Housing

Thanks to everyone who helped during the Homeless Families Count three-day census. From May 23-25, SPIN joined with several other local nonprofits for this family assessment week to capture information on those struggling with housing across Orange County. Working together, we identified 189 families who were either homeless or in need of housing assistance. This information allows us to get to know these families, identify their needs, and work to improve services and resources to support these families and help them move toward stable housing. According to the information gathered, the average homeless family had two children, many with children age 6 or younger.

Read more about the results of the census in the Orange County Register article.