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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 
Peanut Butter 

Canned Fruit  

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



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 a 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: 


United Way 
A&S Printing









Roosters Foundation 



Santa Storage 










A Home of Her Own!



     A few years ago, when she was living in the gated community of Canyon Lake, Viola never thought she would be homeless and living in a shelter. No one ever does.

     Viola has worked hard all her life and had built a great life for herself. She had a good job, a car, a nice place to live and 4 beautiful children. Life was a perfect as it can get until is all came crashing down. 

     Viola's story is sad, but not uncommon. She was a single mom, happy to be able to provide a good life for her children with the wages she earned as a caregiver to prominent families in Riverside County. Until one day Viola was injured as she moved a patient. She collected workers compensation, but it did not come close to paying all the bills. It was supposed to be temporary, but her injury was so bad that Viola could not return to work. 

    Having always been self-sufficient, Viola became very depressed. A depression that lasted 4 years and tore her family apart. Her children were taken in by relatives and Viola sought help. 
     Determined to reunite her family, she applied to transfer her housing assistance voucher to Orange County. There was a paperwork mix up and Viola found herself homeless and living on the street. She spent a few nights at the Armory Cold Weather Shelter, and it was there that she heard about Grandma's House of Hope. She moved in that very day. 

     Today, Viola has a new career. With help through GHH's Hope Works! program and its partnership with Women Helping Women, Viola has secured a job with a company that supplies concessions to the Staples Center, Angel's Stadium and other large venues. She has also moved into a beautiful condo with plenty of room for her children. 

     She says that without the help of Grandma's House she does not know where she would be. She is so grateful for the help that she has received from the organization that she would like to volunteer at our Healing House leading Bible studies and acting as a caregiver and friend to the women there. Today, Viola's only worry is what she will wear to her son's high school graduation next month.
Support The Women of GHH Through Attending
Grandma's Girls
th Annual
A Journey 
Through Hope & Healing  
May 31st, 2012
6-10 PM
at Turnip Rose-Grand Newport Plaza
Costa Mesa
Join us for the event of the year!
 An evening of dining and dancing, a silent auction and exciting live auction featuring 4  Anaheim Angels tickets in the Mayor's Suite, a limited edition Walfrido Garcia print and Disney package and golf for 4 at Coto de Caza Golf Club, OC's first private golf club!



All proceeds from the event will go directly to support the programs and services offered by Grandma's House of Hope.
GHH Board Member Honored at the 36th Annual ONE OC "Spirit of Volunteerism" Luncheon
Robert and Lisa Ahlke
Robert and his wife Lisa
     This year, GHH nominated Robert Ahlke for One OC's Spirit of Volunteerism Award for his commitment and dedication as a Board Member in 2011 and for his support to the Nana's Kidz program. 


     Established in 1976, Spirit of Volunteerism Award recognizes and celebrates the major involvement of community volunteers, groups and corporations
     The luncheon was held Friday April 20th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, and honored more than 400 volunteers from around Orange County for their dedicated service.


      Robert has donated countless hours to Grandma's House of Hope and his company, R.M. Ahkle Construction, is a table sponsor for this year's A Journey Through Hope and Healing event that will be held on May 31st.
Thank you Robert 
for your dedication to GHH!!
GHH Receives Very Special Thank You
thank you from tustin
In thanks for the life-sustaining weekend meals they receive every month through our Nana's Kidz program, the children of Tustin Youth Center drew pictures for the staff of GHH this month. Says Odalis, artist of the drawing above, "food makes you strong, it makes you healthy."  
PIMCO Employees Pack Food for Nana's Kidz

Last month, a group of more than 20 PIMCO employees and their children spent a Saturday morning packing more than 150 bags of food  that are being distributed this month. The employees, who were inspired to get involved after the company's foundation made a $25,000 donation to GHH late last year.

We are grateful for your help! 

A giant thanks goes out to these PIMCO employees &their families!

City of Anaheim Gives GHH $11,000 in 
Emergency Shelter Funds 
Anaheim City logo
The City of Anaheim has approved $11,000 in shelter grants for GHH. These funds will be used for upkeep on our transitional housing units and in support of case management of the uniquely challenged women we serve.

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