Making a Difference
Project Self-Sufficiency provides assistance to highly motivated single parents in Orange County while they attend college or a vocational program in order to achieve economic independence.
Project Self-Sufficiency uses a holistic model of providing financial assistance, case management and other resources to provide a path for a successful academic journey toward economic self-reliance.
A Recipe for Success
The Project Self-Sufficiency program model is designed to keep clients in school and on track to becoming economically self-sufficient. The PSS staff maintains close communication with all clients to strategize and address barriers to their success, meeting at least twice a year to update records, assess family needs, review grades, and oversee academic plans.
The result – four times more PSS student-parents graduate than the national average for low-income students! PSS students have wide-ranging interests of study and earn a variety of bachelor’s degrees including hospitality management, nursing, and other health related fields. Entry level wages in Orange County for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or nursing are $52k-$84k per year
How We Serve
Emergency Rental Assistance
Client Supply Pantry
Housing Security Deposits
Project Self-Sufficiency clients gain job skills, a career path and new self-esteem on their way to becoming economically self-sufficient. They are the future leaders of Orange County!
Our Clients Are
Enrolled in College
Become a PSS Client
Are you a low-income single parent attending college? Do you live, work or go to school in Orange County? Are you highly motivated to succeed? You may qualify to become one of our PSS Clients.
In order to qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following specific requirements.
Your family income must be less than the low-income threshold for Orange County.
of a minor child, not living with a partner or significant other.
You must have physical/legal custody of at least one minor child.
- in community college or university working toward your AA or BA and have completed at least 1 semester.
You must have an overall GPA of 3.0 (or close).
You must have a source of income, but not necessarily employment.
You must live, work, or attend college in Orange County, California.
- We accept clients in a vocational program on a case-by-case basis.
Project Self-Sufficiency owes much of our success to the commitment of community partners like you who see the value of education as a path to economic sustainability.
Our Community Partners
Project Self-Sufficiency collaborates with the community, civic groups, faith groups, private foundations and in-kind service providers that believe in our mission and stand with us to break the cycle of poverty in our community.
Who We Are
A team of professionals
Nhi Pham, BA
Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
Cherie Schenck, MBA, EdD
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President
Vice President of Membership
VP Resources Development
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Tax ID #33-0597719
307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203 Newport Beach, CA 92663
Located inside the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living
Connect with us!
Project Self-Sufficiency Orange County
307 Placentia Ave #203, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Administration and Intake: (949) 478-1914
Client Services: (949) 478-1936
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