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For Military Families Seeking Help

Call the Assistance Line:      949-388-2812
An intake person will call you back. Help is on the way.

Visit the SCMFO office:       St. Andrew's By-the-Sea United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall · 2001 Calle Frontera · San Clemente, CA 92673

More Details      Additional Help and Resources

For Military Families Seeking Help

When an SCMFO intake person receives a call, the outreach identifies the immediate need and coordinates with other service organizations to implement a plan of action. Nearly all cases are channeled first to Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, who will set up a family budget and can grant interest-free loans to those who can afford to repay.

Applicants who are at a critical stage or cannot qualify for other assistance, find a lifeline with SCMFO. "When families endure financial hardship due to unexpected circumstances, something has to be done quickly." said a former SCMFO chairperson. "Fortunately, we try to stay ahead of the curve but could never meet all the needs without the close partnership with Orange County businesses, civic organizations. and a lot of dedicated individuals."

After you make the call to 949-388-2812 and leave a message, a volunteer will call back and get necessary information or schedule an interview at the SCMFO office at 2001 Calle Frontera. (That's on the hill across Pico from the San Clemente High School.) Your interview is not a grilling. It is a non-threatening discussion about what the needs are, and how we --and our partnering friends-- may help you put things back in order. It is helpful if you can provide as much information as possible, including children's ages, health, shoe and clothing sizes, etc. A military I.D. is required. If assistance is provided, a time limit may be set on when you can reapply.

Additional Help and Resources for Camp Pendleton and Surrounding Areas

Military Outreach Ministry (MOM Warehouse)
3rd Saturday of the month - Santa Margarita Road BLDG 2624 behind he mechanized museum.
Please follow the rank schedule as follows:

E1 - E3 9:30 · E4 10:00 · E5 10:30 · E6 and above 11:30

Helping Hands Worldwide

Stuart Mesa Youth Center · 1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesdays at 12 PM
San Onofre Community Center · 2nd, 4th Tuesdays at 12 PM
There will be a sign in sheet at 11 AM. Grab a number and wait until your number is called.

Coast Hill Community Church Food Distribution

Distributions held in the San Onofre Commisary parking lot.
2nd Saturday of every month at 9 AM.

Contact Casey Almero or (949) 290-7621 for more details

Saddleback Church Food Pantry and San Clemente PEACE Center Food Pantry

San Clemente:
Every Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1311 Batido, San Clemente, CA 92672
FREE Fresh produce, milk, meat along with non-perishables
*Visits are allowed every 30 days. Bring PROOF of Residency and dependents.

1st Wednesday of the month 9:00 AM -10:00 AM
Blinder Memorial Chapel bldg.
202863 Jacinto Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058

Jewish Hand Up Youth Food Pantry at Camp Pendleton

2:00 – 3:00 PM: 2018 Dates - 5/20, 6/24, 7/29, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16
Religious Development Center, Building #1344 on A St. and 11th St.
Beginning 1:30 PM, tickets are distributed. They have activities for kids while you wait and grab your food.
For more information about the Hand Up Food Pantry, call (858) 637-3356 or email:

Feeding the Need

Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
1221 Ridge Road Vista, CA 92081

*Military can go twice a week – lots of food, wide variety

Fallbrook Food Pantry
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
1042 S. Mission Rd Fallbrook, CA 92028

Everyone is welcome to come in once a week for supplemental groceries which is enough for approximately 5-6 meals. If it is an emergency, you can come in once a week, for up to four weeks. If you need food for longer than 4 weeks, we ask that you come in for an interview to become a client. Clients must re-new once a year.

Catholic Charities in Vista
Tuesday - Saturday, 9 AM - 11 PM, 1 PM - 3:30 PM.
917 East Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
(760) 631-4792

Provides Cal Fresh (food stamps), application assistance, re-certification assistance, and food stamp advocacy. Also provides food packages and government commodities.

Rotary Club – Warrior Warehouse
*Fridays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
*Open most Fridays but check their Facebook page to confirm.
Located in Bldg. #53426 between 1st and 2nd St. off Basilone in Camp Horno
Military spouse’s ID's are fine. Please take what you need so there are household items for others during the rest of the day. They normally don’t have helpers to move big furniture, so make sure you have enough hands, or you can ask other people in the shop.

Patriots and Paws
714-323-PAAW (7229)

Warehouse Hours: Open for Delivery and Donations on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Warehouse Address:
1515 W. Collins Avenue
Orange, CA 92867

(delivery and pick up only)

We provide Veterans, active Military, and their families with home furnishings, and unite them with a rescued companionship animal. Patriots and Paws helps Veterans, and their families with furniture and small household necessities that they may need. We provide Veterans, and their families with information and resources make it an easier transition when returning home and re-starting their lives back in the civilian world. Our companionship animals will help provide therapy for the Veterans, and their families against post-traumatic stress. The animals will not be service animals, as other organizations provide these services. Service animal training is also available for free at our warehouse in Orange, California, most Saturdays.

Helpful Lou
By Appointment Monday-Saturday
1115 Hilo Glen Escondido CA

Everything they get is given to Military for free except for washer and dryers. Washers and dryers are $150 each when they have them. Items include bedding, furniture, dishes, and decor.

Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton

The Armed Services YMCA of Camp Pendleton provides a wide array of programs to support military families and children to allow them to survive the stresses of military life and thrive.

Armed Services YMCA San Diego
(858) 751-5755 Ext. 110

If you ever find yourself without enough food or gas, call the Social Work Department to see if you qualify and are eligible for the Emergency Food and Gas program.

Support the Enlisted Program (STEP)
(858) 695-6810

Emergency financial assistance is available for basic life necessities such as car repossession, utility shut off, not enough food etc. This assistance can be used up to twice in a year. Other programs include family education, counseling, and holiday giveaways.

San Clemente Military Family Outreach (SCMFO)
POC Arika Ferguson: (989) 615-9670

situations that arise. Offer several moral events and giveaways throughout the year, including baby showers, thanksgiving dinner giveaway, and gift card distribution. Food pantry, diapers, and other essentials on site, available upon request.

Marine Corps League South Coast Detachment 022

Commandant Burton Brown (626) 824-9264 or
Arika Ferguson Event Coordinator/ Outreach (989) 615-9670 or PO1 Ferguson Active Duty Outreach at (989) 992-7801

Or better yet, come meet us in person. The MCL Detachment-022 is approaching 100 Members strong and meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each Month at 7:00PM at:
Elks Lodge1505 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving and promoting the interest of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom, and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines. Programs your Detachment and your Marine Corps League Support would include the following:

Injured Marine Assistance · Veterans Service & Benefits · Young Marines of the MCL · Youth & Physical Fitness · Scholarships · Legislative Assistance

Homefront America
(949) 248-9468 OR
Homefront America, Inc., 501c3 Tax ID: 54-2178448

Mailing Address: 27375 Paseo La Serna, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Office Address: 31877 Del Obispo., Suite 101, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Our mission is quite simple, to honor and hold dear those who willingly defend our freedoms, and to serve their families - especially the children - by providing quality, caring, and meaningful programs that nurture and enrich their social, emotional, and physical well-being. We are committed to always do our best to meet the needs of our military families, deliver the highest quality in program services, listen with care and compassion, inspire others to actively honor those who serve our country, empower the lives of our military families and say "thank you”.

Wish for our Heroes

A national organization dedicated to providing resources to “average” active-duty military members and their families. The priority is to always grant basic needs or emergencies first – anything from putting food on the table to assisting with car repairs, home repairs, baby supplies, clothing, etc. When basic needs are met, W4OH also enjoys providing fun things like sending the troops to athletic events, sending them on vacation to get re-acquainted after deployments, and more.

Operation We Are Here

Operation We Are Here is a one-stop HUB of resources for the military community and military supporters.

CDA Cares

The California Dental Association CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers to provide dental services at no charge to approximately 2,000 people at each event.

Operation Reconnect

Take time to enjoy your family. Operation Reconnect offers no strings, complimentary vacations that work around your schedule. This is about you! Operation ReConnect takes a 'community-collaboration' approach. The triad of our fundraising efforts, patriotic vacation homeowners willing to gift time in their vacant beach-side accommodations and support from all types of local and national businesses allow our military families to truly ReConnect without worry!

Military OneSource

Outstanding resource for a variety of programs including informational resources, counseling, financial assistance, and answers to the military life questions you didn't even know to ask:
Getting help with housing and utility bills · Getting help with food and meal expenses · Finding medical care and getting help with medical expenses · Getting help for a legal emergency


USO · Neil Ash Airport Center · Downtown San Diego Center · Orange County (John Wayne) Airport · Palm Springs Airport · LAX Airport · Ontario Airport · MEPS El Segundo · March ARB

USO airport centers throughout the country offer around-the clock hospitality for traveling service members and their families. Our trademark USO tours bring America and its celebrities to service members who are assigned far from home, to entertain them and convey the support of the nation. And our many specialized programs offer a continuum support to service members throughout their journey of service, from the first time they don the uniform until they last time they take it off.

Tents for Troops

Reservations are always required. You can find the park's phone number on our park page. Please call the RV park or campground directly to arrange your stay. Troops will be required to present a Military I.D. at the time of check in. The program is exclusively for active military camping with members of their immediate family.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Building 1121, E Street & 14th Street
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

Mainside Phone: (760) 725-5337 or (760) 725-5338
San Onofre Phone: (760) 725-7497

Mon, Wed, Fri · 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thurs · 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Broad areas of assistance that encompass basic living expenses (rent, food, utilities) emergency transportation, emergency food locker, budgeting information and Budget for Baby classes (with a free layette set given to each attendant).

Salvation Army

3935 Lake Blvd.
Oceanside, CA

(760) 631-4712

Hours: Mon - Fri · 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three-day supply of emergency food: canned and dried foods, bread. Photo ID required. Eligible 3 times per year.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Location on Camp Pendleton

Abby Reinke Wire Mountain Community Center, Bldg. 201019, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Pass & ID Card Bldg., Bldg 130132 (Vandegrift and 14th Sts.), Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
San Onofre Community Center, Bldg. 51919, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

Serves pregnant/breast feeding women with new babies and children under the age of 5 who meet income requirements. Special vouchers are provided to purchase nutritious food such as eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, infant and adult cereals, juice and infant formula. Additional sites are located at Camp Pendleton. Call before visiting as days and hours vary.

Spirit Of Sharing (SOS)

1361 Rocky Point Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

(760) 726-8100 OR (760) 859-5911

A 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to helping military families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year with emergency assistance. Our hope is that we can bring the magic and spirit of the holiday season to these families not just in December but all year long. S.O.S. works to collect donations, including automobile donations and other assets, year-round in person, by mail, and online, in order to help our active duty military families throughout SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. S.O.S. is 100% volunteer based and has NO overhead, 100% of all donations go directly to our local military families in need in southern California.

Family Advocacy Program (FAP)

Family Advocacy Program and Community Counseling Center, Bldg 520512, San Onofre/School of Infantry
(760) 763-6940
Family Advocacy Program, Bldg 1122, Mainside
(760) 725-9051

Mon - Fri · 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Family Violence/Abuse can be destructive to the family and can affect unit readiness. Families are encouraged to seek help at the earliest signs of abuse and violence.


Mainside Office:
Marine & Family Programs Division
Exeptional Family Member Program BOX 555020
Bldg. 13150
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5020
(760) 725-5363

SOI Office:
Bldg. 520512
School of Infantry
(760) 763-0868

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at Camp Pendleton assists active duty personnel in providing for the special needs of family members before, during and after relocation required by a change of duty assignment. The program ensures every attempt is made to bring together military careers and special needs.

Breastfeeding Resources for Military Families – Camp Pendleton
(858) 848-6455

NO FEE. Breastfeeding support groups (La Leche League). Experienced breastfeeding mothers accredited by LLLI provide information & support. Calls usually returned within 24 hours.

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

NO FEE. Referrals to lactation services countywide

New Parent Classes and Support


NO FEE. New Parent Support In-home Parenting Classes

Baby Boot Camp

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. Class for new/expectant parents that covers how to take care of a newborn and how to access important resources.

Play Morning Play Group

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. Play time for kids ages 1-5, and opportunity to socialize with other families

Parenting Classes

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. Geared toward families with kids under age 6.

Our First Friends: Mommy & Me Support Group

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. Fun, Play and Learning for military parents and infants/toddlers.

Cooperative Parenting Class

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. For single AD or separated parents to learn effective ways to co parent.

Clinical Nutrition Dept. Naval Hospital CP

(760) 725-1244

Pre/post-natal nutrition counseling. Medical referral required.

Stroller Strides

(760) 410-8492

Outdoor stroller exercise classes throughout SD County

Parent Support Groups, Individual and Family Counseling Armed Services YMCA
(760) 385-4921

NO FEE. Parent groups, parent-child classes and confidential in-home counseling.

Healthy Start Military Resource Center
(858) 496-0044

NO FEE. Programs vary – ex: matching moms-to-be with experienced mentors; in-home child assessments; playgroups.

PTSD Knowledge Resources

For service members, veterans, and families

Camp Pendleton Counseling Services

(760) 725-9051 OR (760) 763-6940
For 24-hour help: (760) 500-2633

NO FEE. Domestic violence support services and counseling.

Women’s Resource Center (Off Base)

(760) 757-3500

High quality support services, counseling, education, and shelter to victims of domestic violence.

Postpartum Depression Moms in Transition

(760) 725-3884

NO FEE. Support group for prenatal/postpartum active duty women and spouses who have been screened for potential maternal depression.

San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance

(619) 254-0023

Childcare Resource and Referral
(619) 556-8491

Apply for base Child Development Centers or licensed Family Home Care Providers. Waiting lists apply; register early.

Navy Marine Corps Thrift Store

(760) 725-5337

Navy Marine Corps Thrift Store carries low cost baby items. Call for a location near you.

Base Library Service - Lifelong Learning Branch

Information and Referral Services: (760) 725-3400 OR (760) 725-6090

Patrick J. Carney Library - Mainside Bldg 1146 (760) 725-5669
South Mesa Branch - Bldg 200090 (760) 725-2032
Seaside Square Branch - Bldg 51093 (760) 725-7325

Children’s reading areas, story time, after- school hour, reading clubs.


(760) 385-4921

NO FEE. Various programs for military families. Mommy and Me, Operation Hero, Temporary Emergency Assistance Program, Project Liberty Call, Summer Day or Summer Resident Camps, Camp Hero, Camp Flashhh, Operation Appreciation, OperationKid Comfort, Secret Santa


This resource provides families of deployed troops with free “Welcome Home” banners, jumbo cards and yard signs to show your support for your loved one.


This resource provides free pre-deployment photos and newborn photos (to those whose deployed member cannot be home for the birth due to military obligations.) Military servicemen and women receive portraits printed on bi-folded waterproof and durable cards that they can carry with them. The family will receive a DVD with the session.

Everyone Serves

This is a free e-book that helps military families and their friends understand deployment and reintegration.

Battalion Buddy Program

This resource from Operation Gratitude provides special teddy bears to children who have a military parent deployed/deploying overseas. Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders, e-mail for more information on requesting a Battalion Buddy package.

Operation Hug-A-Hero

This non-profit resource from Daddy Dolls gives dolls with the deployed parent’s picture on it to qualifying military children. Families must meet one of the following qualifications (listed in order of priority) to receive a Hug-A-Hero doll:

  • Families of fallen heroes
  • A family with a community services referral from a Chaplain, school counselor, etc.
  • Children with special needs registered with the EFM program,
  • Household income
  • Number and age of children in household
  • Date of deployment
  • Length of deployment

Operation Kid Comfort

This resource from the Armed Services YMCA provides children 6 and under with a memory quilt and 7 and up with a memory pillow to children with a deployed parent. Must pay a shipping fee of $10 per quilt and $5 per pillow to cover costs.

(760) 725-2335
Bldg 13150
Mainside (Marine and Family Programs HQ)

Providing fun and engaging workshops that equip participants with the knowledge and tools they will need to navigate the military lifestyle is the ultimate goal of the L.I.N.K.S. program. Offering five different sessions to meet the needs of each audience is the key to L.I.N.K.S. success. Whether you attend a session for Marines, for Spouses/Significant Others, for Parents/Extended Family Members, for Teens, or for Kids; you are guaranteed to walk away empowered, informed…and with some new friends too.


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