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174 West Lincoln Ave. #541
Anaheim, CA 92805
(Mailing Address)

1505 E. 17th St. #116
Santa Ana, CA 92705

(Business Office)


(714) 558-8600
Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission is to provide compassionate and uplifting transitional care for women in crisis and hungry children in Orange County.

Our vision is to be the Orange County safety net for uniquely challenged and underserved women and children through hope, love, and spiritual healing.

Our values consist of the three main categories: 

Love & Compassion: A faith-based approach to healing and forgiveness in a multi-generational community.

Respect & Acceptance: A non-judgmental celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of humankind.


Honesty & Integrity: An ethical approach to supporting personal growth and family values.


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Grandma's House of Hope is always looking for donations of food and other necessities.

 This month we
are in desperate need of:

 Peanut Butter    Beef Stew 
Beef Ravioli    Canned Fruit  
Volunteer Truck Drivers

All foods should be nonperishable and in non-breakable containers.
(no glass please!)



  For more information or

to schedule a food delivery

 please contact Gina at

 (714) 558-8600 or email




Board Members

Je'net Kreitner 
Executive Director and co-Founder
Grandma's House of Hope

Patrick Kreitner
Co-Founder - GHH
Freeman Decorating
Sean Phillips
Board Treasurer & Secretary
Wells Fargo

Lori Torres
GHH Chairman of The Board
The Irvine Company
Apartment Communities

Patricia Grissom
Experian Interactive Group
Virginia Hall
New American Funding

Trina Norman

Ferdie Santos
I Q Risk Insurance Services

HopeWorks! computer lab 

Residents participate in basic computer skills class at  one of our three HopeWorks! computer labs.



 Volunteer Opportunities




Interested in helping the working poor and our shelter clients polish their skills and find jobs?


We're looking for volunteers to assist and train clients through

our workforce development program/computer lab. 

Best times: late afternoons/early evenings, in north Orange County.  

Contact Tobi Aclaro: tobi.grandmashouse@gmail.com 


Pacific Alliance Bank Employees Volunteer


More than 20 Pacific Alliance employees from the San Diego area spent a full day enhancing the grounds of one of our transitional homes by building two new fences, sprucing up the garden, building benches and more. The place looks fantastic. Many thanks to these hard-working volunteers!


United Way 
A&S Printing









Roosters Foundation 



Santa Storage 







A word from our founders


 Thank you very much for your support to Grandma's House of Hope. It is through your kindness and generosity that GHH continues to fight hunger and homelessness in Orange County. Your contribution helps enhance the lives of women and children who are struggling to survive in your own communities.  


God Bless,



Je'net and Patrick Kreitner

Grandma's House of Hope


Creature Comforts
Numerous studies have shown that pets can improve mood and promote good health. At one of our transitional living homes, Lucy the dog takes her responsibility very seriously. Every day (between naps) she makes her rounds, visiting each of our residents in turn. Here, Lucy is spending a relaxing afternoon with friends.  


Former Motel Child Interning at GHH
Jennifer and her daughter Daija

When Jennifer Maneggio was 5 years old, things were much different then they are today. One of her first memories was walking for more than an hour to pick up a church donation of one small can of Spaghettios, a meal to be served cold and split between Jennifer, her two brothers and her mother. This sounds extreme, but this is just a regular day in the life of a homeless and hungry child in Orange County. 


    Jennifer reflected that the hardest part of growing up as she did was "the lack of stability." Not knowing where you will sleep that night or where your next meal is coming from is very stressful on a child. Although Jennifer is very grateful for the programs that helped her family get through, she wishes that she had had a program like Nana's Kidz, back when she was a child. How wonderful it would have been for her and her family to know that at the same time every month they would receive food bags that would help sustain them. A stable source of food - one thing to count on - when all else is unknown. 


      Jennifer was one of the lucky ones. Before she entered middle school her father remarried. He found a home and a good job and Jennifer gained the stability she has always craved. After graduating high school she started working in mortgage lending and real estate. Always focusing on the money, knowing she would be all right if she could just keep a roof over her head and food in the pantry. For a few years this worked for her, but she recently came to the realization that "you can't have a purpose driven life if you are driven by material things."  


      Today, Jennifer is raising her two children, is engaged to be married and is pursuing a degree in psychology. As part of her degree program, Jennifer has decided to complete her internship at Grandma's House of Hope. She believes that her purpose today is to pay it forward in the only way she can, by using her talents and commitment to benefit the homeless women and hungry children that GHH's programs serve.  


GHH Awarded 2 Vistas


We are happy to announce that Grandma's House of Hope has received a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service that designates GHH as a VISTA sponsor. This will allow us to place 2 VISTAs each year for the next three years. AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. It provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.


The purpose of the GHH VISTA project is to build sustainable systems, tools and resources that expand and improve services to uniquely challenged homeless women and families. These services will be offered through Grandma's House of Hope Programs -- specifically the Nana's Kidz program for children and families living in motels, the Transitional Housing program for unaccompanied homeless women and Hope Works! workforce development services for men and women who are part of GHH programs.


Santa Ana City Council Approves $33,000

Emergency Solutions Grant

Mayor and City Council

     Grandma's House of Hope was awarded nearly $33,000 in Federal funds specially designated to serve the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. GHH was awarded the ESG funds by the City of Santa Ana, which will allow us to expand our programs to provide targeted emergency and rapid rehousing services for 2012 and 2013.

Benefit Concert Raises $1200 for Our Programs
Emma's revolution

Pat Humphries & Sandy O make up the duo, Emma's Revolution


     Emma's Revolution is known for songs imbued with hope, warmth and the "power and drive" to turn tears into laughter. On March 3rd, the group performed in Anaheim. Grandma's House of Hope was thrilled to be the beneficiary the performance and CD release party that was held at Unitarian Universalist Church Anaheim. The event raised more than $1,200 in support of our transitional housing and Nana's Kidz programs. Our thanks goes out to these fine musicians and to their host, Unitarian Universalist Church Anaheim. Blessings!



You are Invited! 

 5th Annual
A Journey
Hope and Healing


Bring your friends and join us for a fabulous evening of dining
and dancing and a live auction with the OC Emcee, Dan Walsh.
 Tickets $140
Blankets of Hope
for Nana's Kidz
     At a March 4th St. Patrick's Day event at a local motel in Anaheim, Girl Scout Troop #1443 of Cerritos presented the children staying there with blankets they had made themselves. The Girl Scouts were participating in a holiday celebration sponsored by Mariner's Church of Irvine. 

     For the children we serve, this small gesture represents a small security in a world of instability.
Groom Your Pet in April & Support GHH!!

Julie's Pet Grooming (29821 Aventura Ste G, Rancho Santa Margarita ) is hosting a Food Drive throughout April.


     For every canned good or jar of peanut butter you bring you in, you will receive $1.00 off your pet's grooming or boarding stay, a savings of up to $10.00!



 March Food Packing

in Garden Grove

Teen sorts canned goods for Nana's Kidz
     On March 3rd, Volunteers from San Antonio Church Youth Ministry, Chinese Baptist Church, and the local community packed food bags for children in our Nana's Kidz program.

Our dedicated volunteers
 Until you spread your wings,
 you'll have no idea how far you can fly
- Author Unknown